Does John Locke Approve of Israel?
Currently, a lot of Americans are strong supporters of Israel because it is the only form of democracy in the Middle East. Therefore, when Israel is under attack, Americans are quick to defend it. However, people fail to realize that Israel is a democracy for only the Jewish people. Despite this fact, as I said earlier, Americans are usually quick to rush to the aid of Israel. But is this the right thing to do? John Locke does not think so.
During his time, Locke was very concerned about the various religious wars. In fact, his doctrine “become a radical cry against both the church’s influence in government as well as feudal social arrangements and the forms of hierarchy of pre-modern society”. Locke would not like the fact that Israel is considered the homeland of the Jews and that Israel was only a democracy for the Jewish people.
Locke would support a theory of religious tolerance and would not be a fan of the policy of Eretz Yisrael, which is that the land of Israel is growing to encompass more land for the minority. This is where the problem occurs. Locke wants equality among the people, so I’m guessing he would want democracy throughout the Middle East for all different groups of people. However, every nation is allowed to pick their own form of government and not every country in the Middle East is in favor of a democracy. At the end of the day, I think Locke would just want to support every person being treated equally regardless of religion and for every person to have a right to property (making Israel not just the homeland of the Jews, but for all religions).
However, I disagree with Locke. Due to the fact that Israel is constantly under attack, it is hard for them to try and view all people the same. I think it is a nice idea to believe that everyone int he Middle East will treat each other equally, but to be honest, I think that is just down right unrealistic. Therefore, I support keeping the only democracy in the Middle East which at this time happens to be Israel.
Thomson, Michael J. John Locke in Jerusalem. Print.