THE story of Israel has not been a happy one, with so many enemies over the centuries.
The current population of around eight million, 75 per cent of which are Jews living in what they thought was a homeland, has never been without threat.
Whilst not all Arabs or Muslims in their vast numbers could be accused of wanting the demise of the Jews, there seems to be a growing number of leaders in the Arab nations making very unfriendly noises toward the Holy Land.
The latest rocket attacks by Hamas are not only a direct intention on the lives of Israelis but a strategy to draw others into a conflict that could result in a form of Armageddon.
When I see the vast territories already owned by those identified as having little sympathy for Jews, I find no earthly logic in their desire to take over or remove what is only a small garden compared to their holdings.
The tactics used by anti-Jew extremists is similar to what the Provisional IRA used in Northern Ireland.
Use terrorists to disrupt the security, stability and peace of the country, destroy the reputation of the province on the international scene and make demands for a political agreement designed to alter the direction of the state.
I hope that western civilization stands up for a small nation to have human rights and world citizenship.
Cllr David Barbour