It is another lovely day here in Jerusalem!
An item caught my eye in the news – and it was probably something not spoken of in the press in the States – so I'll share it with you.
You'll recall that the first Arab Country to make peace with Israel was Egypt. History lifts the action diplomacy of Anwar Sadat who got up and flew to Israel and addressed the Knesset in Jerusalem – as a truly bold move. Mr. Sadat's courage cost him his life – but oh how he gave life to his people, the Bedouin of the south, and to Israelis.
But I want to write about the passing of Egypts “gentleman statesman,” Dr. Mustafa Khalil. Dr. Khalil worked along side President Sadat. He was nicknamed “The peace engineer”. Israelis have eulogized him as, “An active partner in the two-sided struggle for the [Israeli-Egyptian peace] treaty. He was the 'good' guy behind the secret dealings. Due to his common sense, easy manner and determination to achieve peace, which did not wane over the years, he succeeded in extinguishing conflagrations, and in cooling tensions, which flared up during the discussions”.
What a compliment paid to man who spent his life advancing peace!
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peace makers, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.
I will not judge how God may deal with Dr. Khalil's soul… but he certainly can not be denied his contribution as a peace maker. In this way glorified God's desire for man to live in peace with one another.
In Jerusalem, where so much of the world is represented – and yes – often with friction, this man was faithful to the call of humanity to respect one another even though we are different or have acted or been treated unjustly.
Both this city and country, with all it's challenges, is all the better because of this mans' determination to strive for peace.
Thank you Mustafa Khalil, and as one Israeli paper wrote; “Shalom, true friend”.
Grace and Peace,