So what’s that title referring to exactly…Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria & The Uttermost Parts of the Earth…referencing scripture & then Ex- (or perhaps Com-) Plaining “Palestine” or as I like to refer to it, so-called Palestine.
Let’s start with scripture:
Acts 1: 4-9, King James Version
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
This passage from the Book of Acts in the Holy Bible describes Jesus’ last moments on earth after His resurrection. He had told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem so that they would be “baptized with the Holy Ghost” to enable them to be witnesses for Him “in Jerusalem…Judaea…Samaria & unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Interestingly, just before He made this declaration his followers had asked Him if He would “at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel”. This question seems to ring down through the ages & even in the current proposals by the Trump Administration to try to bring peace to the Middle East it is not a matter of restoring the kingdom of Israel…
Here are some other verses that came up when searching for “the uttermost part of the earth” at Biblegateway.com
Psalm 2:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
The below passage I will “edit” with bolding &/or italics:
Isaiah 24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Mark 13: 23-37
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
King James Version (KJV)
Well there is a Huge Amount of scriptural material there & I won’t attempt to unravel the many threads showing. It appears that Jerusalem is key to some significant things, past, present, & future. It remains the City of David & the place where God has put His Name.
- This current blog post adventure began when reading an intriguing blog post at the Q-Tree here–see the comments section there for a lively discussion & links to some of the tweets that apparently won’t post here please:
This announcement lead to some lively discussions in our household that I hoped to simplify for my special needs son, who has a big heart for Israel & Jerusalem. This lead to me looking up some historical AmericanThinker.com articles & blog posts surrounding this topic that I’ll share from below. Also some of the maps in President Trump’s tweets sparked my curiosity in comparison to biblical maps…
Both of these maps can be found via this tweet:
Here is a typical distortion of the facts from the (terrorist) PLO:
What is really bizarre here is that when I try to post the source of the large maps above the PLO tweet disappears & then re-post the PLO tweet & the map tweet vanishes…hmm
In my opinion the Trumpian proposals for a future “Palestinian” State might be better served if they were more like “reservations” under Israeli authority & within Israel but semi-autonomous as long as they demonstrate the ability to manage their own affairs reasonably…
- Here is a map & explanation from some of the Q-Treepers at the original post above
- Here is a map of the Biblical division of the Promised Land to the 12 Tribes of Israel
I found this image from a bing.com search for biblical maps, here’s a page with that map & further explanation:
Here is another version
- found here & those immediately below: https://biblesfree.org/bible_maps.html
Israel during the time of the Judges:
Calling this map “Palestine” is, in my opinion, a distortion, other than in the title, “Palestine” does not appear on this map:
- Israel in the year 2000:
- Here is the only KJV mention of the word “Palestine”:
Joel 3:3-5 King James Version (KJV)
3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;
5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
As you can see from the passages above the word is usually Philistia (or Philistines), rarely “Palestine” & once Peleshet….so this would tend to point to the word “Palestine” being another word for Philistine or Philistia…
Basically none of the maps above show a place “Palestine” even on maps that carry that word in the title. Many refer to Philistines or Philistia as the Philistine peoples did continually plague God’s Chosen People, Israel/Judah…
So now I’ll turn to that AmericanThinker.com search for further understanding & insights on this issue in an historical context, as articulated by a number of conservative authors, in attempted chronological order, text selections only:
- Here is the 1st article for consideration:
January 14, 2007
“Old” Europe and Israel
- Here is the 2nd article to consider:
March 9, 2008
Israel’s Siege Continues
The on again, off again peace process with the Palestinians, begun in 1993, has now deteriorated to a new low with the current escalation in fighting between Israel and Hamas. Israel removed all of its settlers and armed forces from Gaza in the summer of 2005. Philanthropists, including Bill and Melinda Gates, provided the money to purchase the Israeli greenhouses in Gaza to turn them over to the Palestinians upon the Israelis’ disengagement from Gaza, so that an enormously productive agricultural business could form the basis of a new Palestinian national economy in the Gaza Strip. Turn over the greenhouses is exactly what the Palestinians did, in the first days after the Israelis left, destroying or removing virtually every usable piece of machinery and equipment, either for scrap, or as a futile angry gesture against the former Israeli occupation.
In the decades following the Holocaust , many Jews asked themselves what they and their country could have done differently to have prevented the extermination of six million of our people or to have lessened the toll. We do not want to have to undertake such soul searching again. So I urge you to engage with Israel’s struggle, and to help provide the political, strategic and personal support to insure that they, who are on the front line, are never alone as the siege continues.
- Here is the 3rd article to consider:
January 25, 2009
The UN’s Orwellian Language on Israel
Underlying the ideologically-driven hatred of the Middle East’s only democracy is a deadly Orwellian vocabulary which defines Israel as a pariah nation, a rogue state, an aggressive, murderous regime which is ethnically cleaning Palestine of its perennially-suffering third-world victims. Even the title of this wildly productive “emergency session” is coded with lies and distortions that help the Council reinforce Israel’s perceived role as the world’s most militaristic force and the greatest threat to world peace.
- Here’s the 4th article to consider filled w/ much historic detail:
February 1, 2009
Gaza’s Rich Jewish History
“Not a strange land have we conquered, and not over the possessions of strangers have we ruled, but of the inheritance of our Fathers that was in the hands of the enemy and conquered by them unlawfully. And as for us, when we had the chance, we returned to ourselves the inheritance of our Fathers.”
Here are 2 links to further articles by this exceptional author at AT!
- The 5th excerpt below is really a MUST READ for perspective!!!
May 15, 2009
A Two State Solution – on both sides of the River Jordan
Here are 2 links to further articles by this exceptional author at AT!
- Here is the 6th article to consider:
June 26, 2009
The ‘Rape’ of Israel
I won’t quote from this article as the focus isn’t so much on the history as of the assualt like nature of the Obama Administrations approach to the Israeli-Palestinian issue…
- The 7th article for consideration is & is worth reading the entire article:
September 15, 2009
Wrong use of the ‘P word’
And he arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the Land of Israel.
Here are 2 links to further articles by this exceptional author at AT!
- The 8th article for consideration:
September 1, 2010
1. Islam is the official religion in Palestine. Respect for the sanctity of all other divine religions shall be maintained.2. The principles of Islamic Shari’a shall be a principal source of legislation.3. Arabic shall be the official language.
- The 9th article to consider is:
May 14, 2011
Happy 63rd birthday, Israel
The Jewish community of Iran is one of the oldest in the Diaspora, and its historical roots reach back to the 6th century B.C.E., the time of the First Temple. Their history in the pre-Islamic period is intertwined with that of the Jews of neighboring Babylon. The Jewish colonies were scattered from centers in Babylon to Persian provinces and cities such as Hamadan and Susa. The books of Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel give a favorable description of the relationship of the Jews to the court of the Achaemids at Susa.
To this day, traditional Jews pray three times a day for the Temple’s restoration. During the centuries the Muslims controlled Palestine and two mosques were built on the site of the Jewish Temple. (This was no coincidence; it is a common Islamic custom to build mosques on the sites of other people’s holy places.) Since any attempt to level these mosques would lead to an international Muslim holy war (jihad) against Israel, the Temple cannot be rebuilt in the foreseeable future.
Here is a link to further writings by this author at AT (& there are more options under his name w/ other authors in the right-hand column at this link):
- Here is the 10th article for consideration:
May 16, 2011
Muslim Brotherhood uses Holocaust to delegitimize Israel
For starters, by linking Israel’s national rights to the Holocaust, El-Erian seeks to depict the Jewish state as a latter-day colonial implant in the Holy Land, a refuge created by Europeans and Americans in the aftermath of the Holocaust. In so doing, he wipes out in one swoop a 3,000-year span of Jewish history, including Jewish rule in the land for nearly an entire millennium before the Roman conquest. And even after that conquest which sent many Jews into exile, there remained a continuous Jewish presence in the Holy Land for the next 2,000 years. Long before the Holocaust, Jews by the thousands and tens of thousands lived in dozens of Jewish communities across the Holy Land.
Compounding his perverted history, El-Erian also ignores the pre-Holocaust Balfour Declaration of 1917 when the British Government, anticipating victory in World War I and the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, called for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” Not a home for Jews, but a “national” home for Jews.
In turn, the Balfour Declaration was ratified and endorsed at the 1920 San Remo conference of the World War I victors. Two years later, the League of Nations similarly enshrined the Balfour Declaration in its approval of Britain’s Mandate in Palestine — a directive by the international community for Britian to establish a Jewish state in the Holy Land. That same year, the U.S. Congress also followed suit in endorsing the Balfour Declaration.
All these events took place before the Holocaust. What makes El-Erian’s Holocaust-Israel nexus so disturbing is that this isn’t just a myth propagated by radical Arab groups. It’s a lie that has seeped into Western academic and cultural circles — a fallacy that Arabs are the real indigenous people in the Holy Land — not the Jews who have a 3,000-year history there.
- Here is the 11th article to consider:
May 24, 2011
Chris Wallace says Israel ‘Kicked Out’ Palestinians
That did happen, but only in a few places. The great majority of the Arabs left due to other circumstances — fleeing a war zone where hand to hand close range fighting was going on, or because they were encouraged to do so by the invading Arab armies, telling them to come back to their homes after the Zionists were eliminated. All the contemporary news accounts of the day, and statements by Arab leaders support this conclusion.
Of the 600,000 original Arab refugees, perhap 75,000 are alive today. Yet the Palestinians claim 5 million refugees. They do this because alone among the refugee populations of the world, the U.N considers descendants of the original refugees, whether 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation, as refugees, even though they never even set foot in Israel in their lives. The Palestinians and Arab nations blame Israel for the plight of the refugees, but it is their cynical use of the refugee issue, that has kept alive a refugee population 63 years after a war, and embittered Palestinians from ever accepting a Jewish majority state of Israel.
- Here’s the 12th article for consideration:
November 6, 2011
Palestinian Identity Theft
Plundering Jewish history and claiming Israeli land is, of course, the raison d’être of Palestinian existence. It is nothing new; Palestiniannational identity has always been built on the foundation of biblical and Zionist sources. Shortly before the birth of the State of Israel, a prominent Arab historian conceded: “There is no such thing as Palestine in history.”
Without a history of their own, Palestinians have pillaged Jewish history to create an imaginary national narrative. They cite the biblical Canaanites as their ancient ancestors and embrace Ishmael, born to Abraham’s servant Hagar, as their “biblical” forebear. The “right of return” of Palestinian refugees, predictably, is modeled after the Israeli Right of Return extended to Jews everywhere by the Knesset in 1950.
- The 13th article for consideration is:
December 11, 2011
Are the Palestinian people really ‘invented’ as Gingrich claims?
- Here’s the 14th article for consideration:
February 29, 2012
Wash. Post’s Palestinian propaganda falsifies history and the Bible
Greenberg’s formulation of 1948 as a “war that accompanied the creation of Israel,” is in sync with Palestinian propaganda that this was a Naqba — a Palestinian catastrophe due to Jews claiming their nationhood — a myth that ignores the historic fact that it was Arab rejection of the two-state UN mandate that fostered the 1948 war.
In the same propagandistic vein, Greenberg misreads and misrepresents history when he writes that the Dajani family’s decision to leave in January, 1948, four months before Israel’s Declaration of Independence, was “part of a mass Palestinian exodus, supposed to be temporary until the hostilities died down, but became a lifelong exile.”
Again, Greenberg jettisons factual history by failing to tell readers that the family left before Israel’s creation because, with many thousands of other Arabs, they were urged in Arab radio broadcasts to decamp and get out of the way of an Arab military offensive to wipe out the Jewish state and then return to an Arab-ruled single state in what had been British Mandate Palestine — despite repeated pleas by Israeli leaders to stay put and become citizens with full civil and political rights in the new Israel.
With Greenberg, the sad tale of the Dajani family is turned into Palestinian victimhood rather than the outcome of massive self-inflicted wounds by Arab leaders. The 1948 debacle was caused entirely by Arab rejectionism, not by Israel’s creation.
Not content to engage in revisionist history, Greenberg goes on to revise the Bible as well — again to suit Palestinian mythology.
He quotes Omar, the surviving family son, as remarking at the dedication of the square, while “choking back tears, that he hoped the day’s events would be “an example to the two peoples, descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael, to whom God promised this land.”
Sorry, Omar, but God did NOT promise “this land” equally to Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, and to Ishmael, the son of Abraham and his concubine, Hagar. The Bible couldn’t be clearer that “this land,” i.e. Israel, was solely the inheritance of Isaac and his descendants.
As is told in Chapter 25 of Genesis, verses 5 and 6: When Abraham neared death, he “gave all that he had unto Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines (including Hagar), that Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and he sent them away from Isaac, his son, while he yet lived, eastward unto the east country (i.e. Arabia).
In other words, the Biblical Holy Land was promised exclusively to Isaac and his descendants. At the same time, Ishmael was given great gifts, including inheritance of lands elsewhere for “12 princes according to their nations,” as we read in verse 15 of Chapter 25.
The Bible couldn’t be clearer about the political separation of Abraham’s two sons. Each was to reign over his own nation. Call it the Biblical version of the two-state solution.
- The 15th article to consider is:
May 13, 2012
Where is Palestine?
Palestine, variously known in history as Canaan, Judaea, Eretz Yisrael, Filastin, and Syria Palaestina, has long been a malleable geographical entity. Renamed by its successive Canaanite, Israelite, Roman, Christian, Mamluk, Muslim, Ottoman, and British conquerors, it became the revered “Holy Land” to 19th-century Western visitors.
World War I transformed geographical nomenclature. On November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary Lord James Balfour issued his famous declaration proclaiming his government’s approval for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” But where was “Palestine”?
After violent Arab riots during 1920-21, the British government attempted to mollify infuriated opponents of a “Jewish Palestine.” Winston Churchill, British secretary of state for the colonies, offered reassurance that the Balfour Declaration did not contemplate “that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a home should be founded in Palestine.”
If not “Palestine as a whole,” then where? The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, approved in July 1924, provided contradictory answers. Article 6 assured “close settlement by Jews on the land” defined as Palestine. But Article 25 retracted that assurance. In convoluted language, it declared: “In the territories lying between the Jordan [River] and the eastern boundary of Palestine as ultimately determined, the Mandatory shall be entitled, with the consent of the Council of the League of Nations, to postpone or withhold application of such provisions of the Mandate as he may consider inapplicable to the existing local conditions.”
In translation: “Palestine” was redefined to mean only the land west of the Jordan River, approximately one-quarter of “Palestine as a whole.” The remaining three-quarters were bestowed upon the Hashemite Sheikh Abdullah, son of the Emir of Mecca, for his role in the wartime Arab revolt against Ottoman rule. His kingdom would become known as Trans-Jordan.
But there was also good news for the Zionist cause. Between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, Jews enjoyed the internationally guaranteed right of “close settlement” — without geographical distinction between the coastal plain stretching from Gaza to Haifa, the mountain ridge of Judea and Samaria, or the Jordan Valley west of the River. No limits were imposed on the right of Jews to settle in their modern cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, or their ancient cities of Hebron and Jerusalem — or even the Gaza area, where Jews had lived for centuries.
Although the League of Nations expired in 1945, its successor, the United Nations, incorporated in its Charter protection for Jewish settlement rights. Article 80, drafted by Jewish representatives and known as the “Palestine clause,” explicitly protected the rights of “any peoples” under “the terms of existing international instruments to which members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.” It thereby reaffirmed the right of “close settlement” by Jews throughout the land west of the Jordan River. That right has never been abrogated.
For a time, even prominent local Arabs affirmed “Palestine” as Zionist territory. Testifying before the British Peel Commission in 1937, a Syrian leader asserted: “There is no such country as Palestine. … Our country was for centuries part of Syria.” Palestinian Arabs continued to identify with Greater Syria and “the larger Arab people.” Shortly before the birth of the State of Israel, Arab historian Philip Hitti conceded: “There is no such thing as Palestine in history, absolutely not.” A PLO military commander subsequently acknowledged: “There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinian, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation.”
Without a history to call their own, Palestinians have relentlessly plundered Jewish history to compensate for their missing past. So it is that their biblical “forebears” became the Canaanites; the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, site of the ancient Jewish Temples, is their “third”-holiest site, after Mecca and Medina; Me’arat haMachpelah, built over the burial places of the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs in Hebron, is a mosque; and their Gaza flotillas are modeled on the famous Jewish refugee ship Exodus.
Where, exactly, might another Palestinian state arise? “Another,” because Jordan, constituting two-thirds of Mandatory Palestine, with a Palestinian majority population, already is a de facto Palestinian state. By any test of history or demography, Jordan is Palestine. Gaza is a Palestinian Hamas fiefdom sworn to Israel’s destruction. That makes two Palestinian states. Should any part of the West Bank ever become a Palestinian state, it will make three. That may be at least one too many.
- Here is the 16th article for consideration:
March 30, 2013
Brutal Realism About the Middle East
I won’t directly quote this article which is harsh & broad in it’s scope of criticism of the history of the Middle East, mostly an indictment of Islam, & not really illuminating the “Palestinian” problem overtly. It does help clarify the Muslim mindset regarding Israel & the West & is worth reading however…
- Here is the 17th article to consider:
November 30, 2013
NYT Peddles U.N. Propaganda about Palestinian Refugees
Nowhere in her article, however, does Kershner mention that there would have been no Palestinian refugee problem if the Arabs had accepted the 1947 U.N. two-state partition plan, calling for creation of an Arab state and a Jewish state. Israel accepted partition. Arabs rejected it and instead launched an all-out war against the nascent Jewish state with the avowed aim of destroying it.
Nor does Kershner mention that some 800,000 Jews who had lived for centuries in Arab lands were mercilessly persecuted by their host countries about the same time and forced to flee and become refugees as well. Jewish refugees numbered more than Palestinian refugees. But Jewish plight doesn’t grab the New York Times as much.
Neither does Kershner point out that these Jewish refugees were integrated into Israel, the United States and other countries, unlike Palestinian refugees who were — and still are — used as political pawns to undergird Arab and Palestinian calls for a “right of return” to Israel for an estimated 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants.
As for the impact of the 1967 Six-Day War, there is no mention that whatever happened to Palestinians, it was Egypt and Syria that precipitated the conflict, again with the avowed aim of annihilating the Jewish state.
In other words, history shows that the Palestinian refugee problem is a self-made, self-inflicted phenomenon which need never have happened.
Kershner, however, is not interested in real history. Instead, she join UNRWA in a transparent anti-Israel propaganda campaign to validate Palestinian victimhood at the expense of Israel’s basic legal and historical right to its very existence.
- The 18th article to consider is:
December 16, 2013
The Land is not the Issue
Call them Arab-Israelis, Palestinians, Fakistinians, whatever. The Arabs are the issue, not the real estate.
Can anyone doubt that if in 1967 Israel conquered an empty — or even sparsely populated — Judea and Samaria that Israel would have annexed it in five minutes? Can anyone doubt that had Israel annexed such an empty Judea and Samaria the world’s outcry would have faded out over time?
In 1967, Israel immediately annexed the eastern half of the formerly divided Jerusalem for religious and historical reasons. The Golan Heights was annexed in 1981 for security reasons. The Arabs in both areas were, and still are, offered citizenship. But the populations in the Golan and Jerusalem were small enough to absorb, at least initially. Most of the Arabs in Jerusalem refused the offer, as did most of the Druze in the Golan.
What has kept the issue alive are the Arabs in Judea and Samaria. The world is bombarded constantly with images of hostile Arabs who do not want to be under an Israeli rule — where they have no vote — whether that rule is direct rule, as in Area C of Judea and Samaria, or indirect rule as in Area A, or under controlled sea borders as in the Gaza Strip.
A history of Israel from the start of the Mandate until today shows how determined the Jews are to keep every inch of land under Jewish control. In 1937 when the Peel Commission offered the Jews a take or leave it partition of the land, Ben Gurion begrudgingly only accepted the concept of partition. The Jews rejected the Peel Commission’s partition even though such rejection meant cutting off Jewish immigration from a Nazi-influenced Europe.
No Jew alive today has the authority to yield any piece of Land whatsoever. This right is preserved by the Jewish People throughout the generations and can[n]ot be forfeited under any circumstance. — Ben Gurion
Call it wise parlaying or dishonest dissemblance. Israel will negotiate till the cows come home; but will not surrender Judea and Samaria. This is what Israel perceives as her divinely given homeland. This attitude informs the Israeli leadership today. Israel will never give the Arabs in Judea and Samaria independence. Never.
We would like this [Palestine] to be an entity which is less than a state. — Yitzhak Rabin
At best, Israel will offer the Arabs an insultingly very limited degree of controlled autonomy.
Israeli groups, such as Women in Green, are arguing for total annexation with a restricted vote for the Arabs in Judea and Samaria — only those who meet the criteria.
So the issue is not the land. Israel is not going to give up an inch of it willingly; and no Palestinian will accede to anything less that total independence. Nothing short of a nuclear war will get Israel to surrender her patrimony. Call it heroic wisdom, the greatest display of courage since the Spartan Stand at Thermopylae, or call it something nasty, Israel will not budge.
This leaves us in the rest of the world with an image of 2 million Arabs in Judea and Samaria who want to be out from under Israeli oversight, who are tired of Israeli checkpoints and property confiscations.
One could suggest more negotiations. The Israelis will happy to talk for another hundred years, while planting more Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. One would have thought by now that American foreign policy would have figured this out. The Arabs have not stopped their calls for the destruction of Israel. What is there to negotiate?
The only humane solution is to get the Arabs out of the area.
It is easy to say: Let them go to the other 22 Arab states; but that is dishonest. The Arab states refuse to naturalize Palestinians. To get the Arab states to take them would require a massive coordinated Western pressure campaign; and even that is not guaranteed to work. The Arabs may just realign themselves with China and ignore Western pressure. Though it is worth a try.
Putting aside who is right, and who is wrong, the Arabs and Jews cannot live together. That should be obvious.
What should be negotiated is how to get the Arabs out of Judea and Samaria peacefully, who should pay for the relocation, and where should they go.
I have some sympathy for the Palestinian predicament, but no other solution is possible.
Instead of subsidizing the Arabs to stay; pay them to leave.
The land is not the issue.
- Here is the 19th article for consideration:
April 13, 2014
Passover, the Temple Mount, and Jewish Sovereignty
Jeff Daube, Israeli Office Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) believes that “unfettered access and freedom to pray at a holy site is a basic, universally recognized right, which certainly should be accorded to Jews in the Jewish State of Israel.” Daube sees this as guaranteed under Israeli law. “We have to assert our rights wherever they are threatened. The Temple Mount is the last place on Earth where Jews should tolerate this type of discrimination.”
In February 2014, for the first time in Israel’s history, more than 30 MK’s met to discuss the loss of Israeli sovereignty on the Mount. It stirred up the Arab world. Soon after, there were violent disturbances which Daube believes were provoked and directed by the Palestinian Authority. He says this behavior is “animated and exacerbated by more than four decades of Israel’s refusal to assert its own sovereignty and rights there.”
Israeli citizens have been educated to yearn for engagement with God in prayer at the Western Wall rather than on the Temple Mount. During the week of Passover, thousands of Jews participate in the Birkat Kohanim ceremony at the Wall. The traditional Aaronic Benediction is said and the House of Israel is blessed. Israelis seem satisfied conducting the ceremony at the Wall and not on the Mount.
According to Daube, “There’s a question about exactly where the Jewish Temple’s Holy of Holies had been situated. That is hallowed ground which only the High Priest on Yom Kippur could walk on. Any Jew walking there is in violation, even if unknowingly, and many believe that carries a heavenly death penalty. While the ultra-Orthodox have taken the position that Jews may enter the Temple Mount area only once the Messiah comes, more and more religious nationalist rabbis have suggested Jews are permitted to walk everywhere on the Mount except where the Dome of the Rock stands – which they think is the Holy of Holies site. These rabbis encourage Jews to visit the Temple Mount often.”
Yet, they are not allowed to pray there. They are not even allowed to move their lips in prayer without being ousted by Muslim authorities.
This Passover, Jews, along with Christians, can expect the Israeli police to keep them off the Mount rather than deal with another round of Muslim disturbances.
Several MK’s recently visited the Mount, to the dismay of Palestinians and Jordanians who claimed it was an Israeli effort to take over. But, Daube explains this is a Muslim excuse for violence, as in the case of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Mount in 2000.
“The rocks, already on the Temple Mount, had been made ready for us. Faisal Husseini, among others, had already planned the ‘outbreak’. The same thing is happening now. As there is growing talk in pro-religious rights circles of finding a modus vivendi for joint prayer, and as the negotiations wind down, the PA is looking for another pretext to blame the Israelis.”
In 1967, Jewish soldiers liberated the Temple Mount from the Jordanians, and Jerusalem was united again. Under Israeli control, the soldiers said the Hallel (Prayer of Praise) because the Mount and East Jerusalem were, miraculously, given into their hands. Under international pressure, and fearing it would ignite a major Middle East war, Israeli leader Moshe Dayan gave the keys of control back to the WAQF. To date, the WAQF, also known as the Jordanian Religious Trust, does not allow anyone but Muslims to pray on the Mount.
Legally, access to holy places is a right guaranteed by Israeli law, but the law isn’t being implemented. The ZOA explains that after the Six Day War, the Israeli Knesset passed an amendment to the Law and Administration Ordinance, extending Israeli sovereignty to Jerusalem’s eastern sector, including the Old City and the Temple Mount. Furthermore, the Knesset passed the Safeguarding of the Holy Places Law meant to protect freedom of access to the Mount by members of religious denominations.
Today, the WAQF identifies visitors and singles out Jews for biased treatment. Muslims are treated with respect and with no discrimination. The ZOA says the Israeli government is more willing to meet the extremist demands of the WAQF, than consider the legal rights of all its citizens.
The Temple Mount has always been the holiest site in Jewish history. In contrast, for Muslims it is Islam’s third holiest site, not its first. Israeli MK’s are frustrated with the status quo. They want the government to stop abdicating its authority. They refuse to accept that Jews are banned from the most intimate place of prayer before God.
Since the 1980s, Muslims on the Mount have persisted in getting rid of Jewish artifacts in an effort to delegitimize Jewish ties to the holy site and East Jerusalem. Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported in March 2014, inflammatory remarks by the PA Minister of Religious Affairs. He claimed Israel was planning to remove the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the Temple Mount. The PMW also reported that Palestinian religious leaders want more limitations to Jewish prayers, claiming only Palestinians have the right to access the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its surroundings, and Jews should no longer pray at the Western Wall. In 2012, Abbas suggested Israel’s actions in Jerusalem were to take over Muslim and Christian holy sites. This Palestinian libel has been actively promoted since the 1990s.
Daube insists, “The PA never has prepared the Palestinian street or the Arab world to respect the facts of Jewish history, or the sanctity of Jewish holy places, because that would mean having to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish People. What is new is that Israel now has been forced to confront its revisionist adversary on the world stage, where the Palestinians have been offered a bully pulpit to promote their historically absurd narrative.”
What could change the current scenario is an order from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding the police crackdown on Muslim violence, while at the same time, allowing Jews up on the Mount during holy days. Netanyahu could take further action permitting Jews and Christians to pray on the Mount without fear of Muslim reprisals.
Holding to the status quo, the Israeli government is undermining one of the greatest outcomes of the Six Day War — the Old City and the Temple Mount once again under Jewish sovereignty. That sovereignty, along with Israel’s sovereignty over other parts of the homeland, is under scrutiny. If Israeli leaders would exercise Israel’s rights to its biblical sites, perhaps, there would be greater respect in the global community for Israel’s historical claim of being the nation state of the Jewish People.
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October 25, 2014
Israel and the West’s Submission to Islam
The discourse of peace surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum remains as divorced from morality and reality as could ever be imagined in this lopsided political universe. The laws of sociology and the lessons of history make the two-state solution a non-starter. After 47 years, the settlement map of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, their size and spread, preempt an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 armistice lines. The idea of a Palestinian state over all of the territory is not in the demographic and geographic cards. Moreover, the embedded friction between the Jews and the Arabs, after so much bloodshed, enmity, and mistrust, is a visible obstacle to a mutually satisfactory agreement between them on all outstanding issues – borders and refugees, water and security, and Jerusalem. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is intractable and unsolvable according to the current modalities of proposed peace-making.
A frenzied Muslim fanaticism has galvanized the dormant emotional energies of an Islam bedeviled by old memories (like the Caliphate) and sectarian (Sunni-Shiite) divisions, always with a profound disdain for non-Muslims unworthy of life and dignity. The swirl of Islamic warfare began in Afghanistan and Pakistan, passed through Khomeini’s Iranian Islamic theocracy, penetrated northern Iraq and threatens Baghdad, took hold in eastern Syria, already with appeal and a foothold in Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel.
Meanwhile Europe lives in denial, paralyzed by multiculturalism and national self-immolation, hypnotized by the dogma of human rights, guilt-ridden by its colonial past, and hoping to mollify Muslims on their streets and neighborhoods by offering up the sacrifice of Christians and Jews in the Middle East to the Islamic god of wrath. But Islam seeks world conquest that includes the West as well.
What the Europeans ignore about the Arab-Israeli conflict and the long war is the precedent of 1948. When the Arabs attacked, and the West militarily embargoed Israel, the Zionists yet won a compelling victory in their ancient homeland; and a half a million Arabs became refugees, never to return. In 1967, the Arabs again declared their goal to be the annihilation of Israel; but Israel won, and another quarter of a million Arabs fled the country.
In 2014 the same scenario is unfolding. Pushed to the wall by Europeans who overlook and justify escalating domestic Arab violence and provocations, Israel will sooner or later need to unleash a severe response against the Muslims in the country who deny the right of Israel to exist, at all, and certainly as a Jewish and Zionist state. Newton’s political physics teach us that an action produces a reaction, and Hegel’s dialectics charted how a thesis leads to an antithesis, culminating in a new, rarely anticipated, synthesis. All this fondling of the Palestinians and coddling of Islam is putting in place a horrific threat to Israel, which may however evoke a welcome opportunity for deliverance and triumph.
Are we not passing through a very momentous period of history: with signs of the political decline and social decadence of Europe and the West, the clash between Israel and Islam, between Islam and Christianity, and with attendant results that could change the political — and religious — map of the world? The cutting edge of history is the crossroads we now face.
- Here’s the 21st article to consider:
May 17, 2015
Islam and the ‘Great Religions’
I’m not going to quote from this article for it is more focused on Islam & it’s problems historically & morally. It is worth reading to get some insight into distortions found within Islam, including justifying a “Palestinian” state/history…
- Here is the 22nd article for consideration:
July 4, 2016
Independence and Identity: What Israel Knows, Europe Has Forgotten, and America May Yet Remember
Every nation needs to find its own path to instill identity in its people and an understanding of why it is worth preserving. In Israel’s case, as fractious as society may be, it has utilized several tools to forge its strong sense of common identity. Through maintaining a strong Jewish historical memory and reconnecting to an ancient homeland; through breathing new life into its historic, though largely dormant, Hebrew language; through ingathering of exiles and rescue of persecuted Jews around the world; and through surviving crises together against often daunting odds, the Jewish people have re-created the nation of Israel. Infighting aside, there is a widespread sense of shared fate and a still potent recollection of pre-state Jewish powerlessness. Reinforced through common tradition, education, and ceremony – including Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut – that powerful identity has kept Israelis together through some dangerous, trying times.
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March 19, 2017
The Opposite of a Two-State Solution Is Not One State
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November 2, 2017
The Conservatives Who Resurrected Israel
On November 2, 1917, exactly 100 years ago, British foreign secretary Lord Arthur Balfour sent a private letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, the second Baron Rothschild. The letter was written not by Balfour, but by other ministers in Lloyd George’s Cabinet – Lord Alfred Milner and Leopold Amery. In history, this letter became known as the Balfour Declaration.
Both Balfour and Milner were true Britons. Rothschild was proud of being a Jew. Amery was a Jew who carefully concealed his Jewish origins. What united this quartet?
All of them were, of course, to some degree, Zionists, but only to the extent that such was in the interests of the British Empire. Otherwise, the Declaration would never have happened.
The main thing is that they were all members of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom.
The decisive meeting of the Cabinet was held on October 31, 1917. Most Cabinet members supported the idea of the Declaration. The recognized world leader of the Zionists, future first president of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, was informed immediately after the vote as he waited for a decision in the lobby. But the Cabinet chose a very English method to publicize its historic decision – in the form of a private letter to the leader of the British Jewish diaspora, Walter Rothschild.
The leader of the opposition to the Declaration was Edwin Montagu – one of the few Jews in the British government, and one of the most radical left-wing politicians in the United Kingdom. Montague did not take part in the meeting on October 31 because he was traveling to India to assume the post of secretary of state in the colonial administration. Perhaps Edwin Montagu is a founding father of a strange leftist cult of Jewish anti-Zionists, which exists in many countries to this day.
Of course, the British government had no right to dispose of the lands of the Ottoman Empire in 1917. The war was still going on, and the official division of the territory of the Ottoman Empire had not yet occurred. But the British were in a hurry, and for a good reason. They forestalled a similar declaration from the German Cabinet by just a few months (hat tip: Daniel Kluger).
Despite this, all the Allied countries supported the idea of creating a Jewish state on the territory where no one doubted the claims of the Jews to the land.
The Balfour Declaration was approved by the Allies at a conference in San Remo (Article 4) in April 1920. Then, in August of the same year, it was included in the text of the Treaty of Sevres (Article 95) between the victorious Allies and the defeated Ottoman Empire. The Balfour Declaration received full international legal status after it was included in the text of the decision of the League of Nations on the British Mandate in 1922.
Although the United States was not a member of the League of Nations at that time, the 67th U.S. Congress in 1922 adopted the Lodge-Fisch resolution (both Republicans) proclaiming support for the Balfour Declaration, and President Harding (also a Republican) signed it. The resolution was so popular that both the House of Representatives and the Senate adopted it by a simple voice vote. Republicans in the 67th Congress had a significant advantage: they occupied about two thirds of all the seats.
In 1932, marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Republican President Herbert Hoover reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the principles of creating a national home for Jews in the Holy Land.
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May 6, 2018
Israel at 70: Time to Retire the False Palestinian Narrative
During World War 2, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, holed up in Berlin, encouraged Adolf Hitler to turn his death machine against the Jews in Palestine while the Nazis were working to murder all the Jews in Europe. During the British mandate period, the Arabs had rejected earlier partition plans more favorable to them, such as the 1938 Peel Plan, because it allowed a tiny Jewish state to be created. In essence, the Arabs had fought Zionism for half a century, and were determined to deal t he Jewish state a knockout blow as soon the British left in May 1948.
Five Arab nations attacked Israel the day it became a new nation, assisting the Arabs in Palestine in their effort to destroy Israel. Despite enormous advantages in armed men, planes, tanks, and other weaponry, the Arabs were unsuccessful. Israel survived the onslaught, and defeated the Arab armies , creating new borders for the Jewish state, as well as for Jordan and Egypt. At the end of the war, Jordan held Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank) and the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the old city, and expelled Jews who had lived there for thousands of years. Egypt captured Gaza in the war. At no point did Egypt and Jordan attempt to create a new Arab state of Palestine with the territories they had picked up in the war. Instead Jordan annexed the West Bank, a seizure recognized by only two nations, and Egypt held Gaza as a territory.
During the war, there were many people displaced on both sides. More than half a million Arabs became refugees. Most of them had left their towns as instructed by invading Arab armies to get out of the way of the coming planned slaughter of the Jews. Tens of thousands had left even before the UN partition resolution. Some fled a war zone, where there was very close fighting, a sensible thing to do. In some cases, the Israeli forces consolidated territorial corridors, particularly to Jerusalem. The Arabs also spread stories of civilian killings, which frightened many Arab residents to leave their towns, even though the stories were false or greatly exaggerated.
After the war, the Arabs demanded that the partition borders be restored, and all the refugees be allowed to return. This was a novel demand. If you start a war meaning to annihilate the enemy and you lose, you don’t get a do over. There are no do overs in history. The smart thing would have been for the Arabs to have accepted the partition plan and not started a war. There are consequences to starting a war and losing.
The Syrian Prime Minister during the war of 1948-1949, Haled Al Azm, wrote in his memoirs in 1973:
“Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call for them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wrote in 1976:
“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettoes in which the Jews used to live.”
This is the real tragedy of the Palestinian Arabs. Those who left their homes wound up not far from home, in Arab countries which had supported their cause during the war. They were among other Arabs, who spoke the same language, had the same culture, and the same religion. No refugee population should have had it easier, given that Arabs wound up among their own people. But the Arab countries refused to allow normal resettlement, as usually occurs with refugees, instead relegating many refugees to squalid camps, in which their families have lived now for 3 or 4 generations. Many Palestinians have chosen to remain in these camps dreaming of a return to Israel, clanging old keys from 70 years back, or been threatened if they wanted to leave. But how can you “return” to a place where you have never lived or even visited? The truth of the matter is that there may be no more than 25,000 refugees remaining alive from the 1948 war. The rest are descendants — children, grandchildren even great grandchildren of original refugees, none of whom have been in Israel or left it.
All the refugee populations in the world come under the jurisdiction of a single UN agency, except for the Palestinians. All other refugees do not pass refugee status on to descendants, only the refugees themselves are counted as such. Only the Palestinians are allowed to count all descendants as refugees, and many have chosen to live off their collective grievance, rather than move on with their lives.
Sephardic Jews, more than 800,000 of whom were expelled or encouraged to leave Arab countries in the years after the creation of Israel, provide a far better and more humane approach for dealing with refugees. Israel absorbed more than 70 per cent of these refugees (France and the United States took many others) and within a few short years, had moved them out of temporary housing and allowed them to start new lives in Israel. I know because my father and his 4 brothers and parents left all of their lives and assets behind when they fled from Iraq and they made themselves a new life in Israel.
- Here is the 26th & final article to consider:
December 11, 2019
At Last, A Realistic Look at the Israeli-‘Palestinian’ Conflict
But there is no area of national and international discussion so rife with rigidly enforced propaganda falsehoods than the conflict between Israel and the so-called “Palestinians.” In The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process, the historian and scholar of Islam Robert Spencer clears away the lies.
And there are so very many lies to clear away. The Palestinian Delusion begins by exploding the common modern-day claim that the Israelis are descendants of Europeans who have ties to the Middle East that are largely mythical at worst and far-distant ancient history at best. Spencer marshals a large body of evidence to show that not only were Jews always living in the land that is today the state of Israel, without interruption even after the Romans expelled them in the year 134, but that the Arab presence there began considerably later and was always sparse. In fact, the presence of Muslim Arabs in the geographical region known as Palestine only began to increase significantly after Zionist leaders began to exhort Jews to return to their ancestral homeland. With the Jews came jobs and opportunity; many, if not most, of the people known today as “Palestinians” only came to that area when it started to be settled by Jews in great numbers. Spencer proves this by reference to the names of the “Palestinians” themselves, which all too often betray an origin somewhere else.
The second great myth that The Palestinian Delusion explodes is that “Palestine” was ever the name of anything more than a geographical region. The claims that Israel is occupying “Palestinian” land are predicated on the assumption that there ever was Palestinian land in the first place. Spencer briskly traces the history of the region, showing that while the Romans renamed it Palestine, there never was a nation of Palestine at all, and the land that is supposed to be occupied by Israel today was actually designated by the League of Nations (and confirmed by the United Nations) to be the site of a Jewish national home. No one rightly owns “the West Bank” (another propagandistic neologism; it’s Judea and Samaria) and Gaza except Israel.
Well there is Plenty of material to digest in these excepts, let alone in the complete articles if you choose to dig in that deeply. Obviously this is an exceedingly complex issue & can be examined from numerous fronts. The focus of the articles searched for & shared was more along the lines of the historical aspects of the conflicts surrounding Israel’s modern existence & state & trying to illuminate the historicity (or lack thereof) of the so-called Palestinians.
Given the material shared in this post it is surely possible to make a strong case for both the Biblical & historical claims of Jews & Israeli’s to the land wherein sits the modern nation of Israel…& to the supported claim for their right to further land masses in some of the surrounding areas, as promised to them by God in scripture & man in the early 20th century at a minimum.
I hope you have found this collection of details about Israel & “Palestine” helpful.
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