Barack Mandela
Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

Peace Prophet: Love Among Israelis and Palestinians

Barack O. Mandela, known as “Peace Prophet” is a member of the American Legion veterans organization and the NAACP civil rights organization.

In the summer of 2021, I launched the “Peace Prophet Project” during which I will promote love, human rights, compassion, equal opportunity, inclusion, empathy, and mercy. This international peace mission was inspired by “Peace Pilgrim” who was an American peace activist who passed away in 1981.

After more than 70 years of war, conflict, terrorism, and hatred, Israelis and Palestinians are still far from a peaceful resolution. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a boiling cauldron of blood and tears and sadness. This dispute is a blend of religious and nationalistic extremism mixed with bombs, bullets, rockets, and missiles.

Barack O. Mandela served in both the United States Army and Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

During the Second Intifada war, I was a combat soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I drove the Israeli-made Merkava battle tank. I was on the frontlines of the high intensity bloodshed. My fellow soldiers and I risked our lives in the struggle for peace and security. After the 9/11 terror attacks, I returned to America and enlisted in the United States Army.

However, twenty years later, both Palestinians and Israelis are still locked in a dangerous war, fighting never-ending bloody battles. What is the solution to this conflict?

There is a missing element in this bloody conflict: unconditional love. For without unconditional love true peace is impossible.

Israelis must love the Palestinian people, and the Palestinian people must love the Israelis. The Jewish people must love the Arab people, and the Arab people must love the Jewish people.

Distrust, suspicion, and violence must be replaced with love, compassion, trust, and empathy. Both Israelis and Palestinians must follow the nonviolent path of American human rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Dr. King once said, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Dr. King also stated, “Without love, there is no reason to know anyone, for love will in the end connect us to our neighbors, our children and our hearts.”

Martin Luther King was a prophet of love, and I am a prophet of peace. We need both peace and love to bring together Palestinians, Israelis, Arab people, and Jewish people as children of the Prophet Abraham. For the Prophet Abraham is the father of both the Jewish people and the Arab people. He is the father of both Judaism and Islam.

As “Peace Prophet”, I will continue to speak out for peace in the Middle East and around the world.

I believe we must build upon the “Abraham Accords” which are a joint statement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA, reached on August 13, 2020. Subsequently, Bahrain was added to the accords. The Abraham Accords marked the first public normalization of relations between an Arab country and Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

I publicly call for the creation of the “Israeli-Palestinian Abraham Accords” (IPAA). These new accords will replace the Oslo Accords. According to these new accords, Israelis and Palestinians will negotiate and resolve all final status issues, culminating in an “Israeli-Palestinian Peace Treaty” (IPPT).

Recently, I have written letters to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israel President Yitzhak (Isaac) Herzog, sent to the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. I call upon Israeli and Palestinian leaders to support and embrace these “Israeli-Palestinian Abraham Accords” (IPAA).

We must create a new framework for world peace based upon unconditional love, spiritual grace, divine mercy, and mutual respect. We must love our enemies, and we must replace our warrior hearts with hearts of peace and understanding.

I look forward to meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the “Israeli-Palestinian Abraham Accords”.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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