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From the President's Desk...

Israel's Land — Historically, Legally, and Biblically

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
ARAB WORLD
JERUSALEM
THE DISPUTED LAND IS ISRAEL'S
TERRORISM WILL NOT BE ELIMINATED BY A PALESTINIAN STATE
PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH

Introduction

President Bush once again failed to demonstrate leadership on June 24, 2002, when he said the United States (U.S) will support the creation of a Palestinian State.  Unfortunately, the President as well as the State Department have failed to accept the cold hard facts that the Palestinians will put-forth their Trojan Horse state to meet the President’s guidelines for statehood but eventually will turn such a state into an entity that promotes terrorism in the same way as other Islamic countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria. 

The President called upon the Palestinian people to elect new leaders — leaders not compromised by terror.  But he does not understand that while the faces in leadership may change, their commitment to murdering innocent Israelis will always be there because their ultimate goal is the elimination of Israel.  Furthermore, it is the Palestinian people as well as there leadership that is committed to terror and the destruction of Israel. For example, an opinion poll by the Palestinian Jerusalem Media and Communication Center (JMCC) released on June 11, 2002, demonstrated 43 percent of Palestinians believe the aim of their 20-month old Intifada should be the elimination of Israel.   The revolution was also supported in some way by 79 percent of the people surveyed.  And 68 percent said they approved of suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.   In another public opinion survey conducted on May 22-28 2002, by the Palestinian Center for Pubic Opinion, 62.4 percent opposed the Saudi peace plan that called for the establishment of two states, and the establishment of full to normal relations and full peace between the Arab states if the plan does not include the “right of return” to within the borders of Israel.  Furthermore, 50.1 percent indicated “Fatah Tanzim” and other organizations indirectly linked to the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services should hide their weapons if asked to hand over their weapons for confiscation or destruction by the PA.  And 37.8 percent said they should do nothing. 

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Arab World

The President called upon the Palestinian people to build a practicing democracy based on tolerance and liberty.  However, this is wishful thinking in the President’s mind since not one Arab nation in the Middle East has developed a democratic form of government.  Instead they have developed governments that bring tyranny and oppression upon their people.   The only example of a democratic nation in the Middle East is Israel.

The President called upon Arab states to build closer ties of diplomacy and commerce with Israel that eventually will lead to full normalization of relations between Israel and the entire Arab world.  The one issue that unites the divided Arab world is the destruction of Israel.  The Arab Press weekly provides evidence that the issue of contention between Arabs and Jews is the very existence of the Jewish state while those in the West appear to be convinced that the Israeli-Arab dispute is about land.

On June 16, 2002, Egyptian academics and intellectuals opened discussions on eliminating Israel. Furthermore, Egyptian Prime Minister ‘Atef’ Abeid said Egypt is unable to intervene militarily on behalf of the PA, because there are insufficient funds to support such a war with Israel ; responding to a question posed by a reporter from the Persian Gulf.  

The PA and the Palestinian people will never relinquish their assertion that the Palestinians have the exclusive right to historic Palestine and the Palestinian people have the right to immigrate to the Jewish state (“right of return”).  Tragically, a large portion of the Palestinian people’s goal is flooding Israel with millions of Palestinians culminating in  the destruction of Israel.

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Jerusalem

To liberate Jerusalem, Yasser Arafat has repeatedly called for Jihad — a holy war.  However, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for over 3,300 years and has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.  Furthermore, Jerusalem was established as the Jewish capital 1600 years prior to the birth of Mohammad.

Although the two holy cities of Islam are both located in Arabia:  Mecca, where Mohammed was born which is the direction Muslims face to pray (while the Jews face Jerusalem) and Medina, where Mohammed first preached the Islamic religion, Muslim (Arabs) still make a religious claim to Jerusalem.

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The Disputed Land Is Israel’s

It is tragic that the US led by President Bush, the European Union (EU),  and the UN have accepted the false claims of Yasser Arafat and the Arab world that the Jews have stolen the homeland of Palestinians, and they are trying to regain their ancient homeland of Palestine.  It must be made clear from the onset that Yasser Arafat is not a Palestinian but an Egyptian, an Arab.  With respect to the people of Palestine in actual terms, they do not exist.  With the help of the Western media, Arafat and the Arab states have been able to effectively promote their propaganda that Israel is occupying the land of the Palestinian people.  In fact, Palestine has never existed as an autonomous entity while the land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel.  This is supported historically, legally and Biblically.  The land that the Arabs claim is occupied land is not there’s; it is Israel’s land.

In pre-Islamic times, the people who inhabited the Arabian Peninsula and the Syrian Desert were called Arabs.  The beginning of the large–scale Arab expansion outside the Arabian Peninsula and the Syrian Desert was marked by the foundation of Islam by the Prophet Muhammad (570-632) and the Islamization of Arabia during his lifetime.  The term “Arab” assumed a second meaning: it came to denote all the people who after having been converted to Islam, gave up their ancestral languages and adopted Arabic instead, from this time on.

Since Biblical times, long before there was an Arab nation and 2000 years before the rise of Islam, Israel the homeland of the Jewish people, became a nation in 1312 before the C.E. (common era).  Subsequently it was occupied more than 15 times which included the Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and the Ottoman Turk Empire.  The Ottoman Turk’s occupied the area the longest,  on and off for 400 years between 1517 to 1917-18.  The Turks were followed by the British who ruled under a mandate of the League of Nations to renew a homeland for the Jews.

The first time the term Palestine was used was in 70 C.E. when the Roman Empire conquered Israel and to humiliate and punish the Jews for resisting their rule declared that the land of Israel would be no more and called it Palestine a term derived by the Philistines that the Jews conquered centuries earlier.  When the Romans invaded and then put down two revolts, in C.E. 66-73 and 132-35 much of the Jewish population was exiled and Jewish sovereignty ended.  The Jews had dominion for more than 1300 years prior to their expulsion and have had a presence in the area for more than 3,300 years.

Although, the world portrays Israel as an occupier of another people’s land, in actually it is occupying its own land of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.  Erroneously, Judea and Samaria is commonly referred to as the West Bank.  The Term West Bank was coined by the late King Hussein of Jordan who illegally occupied the region between 1948-1967.   

During the years of British rule (1918-48) the land of Israel was defined.  In 1867 Mark Twain described Palestine as he wrote:

  “ Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince.  The hills are barren…The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent…It is hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land…Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes…Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies…Nazareth is forlorn;…Jericho…accursed…Jerusalem…a pauper village…Palestine is desolate and unlovely.”

It is amazing that Arafat and the Arab world claim the Jews stole the Palestinian homeland yet when Mark Twain walked the land, he did not find the Palestinian people; he never saw a human being on his whole route.

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Terrorism Will Not Be Eliminated By A Palestinian State

The armed struggle will not end, even if Arafat is replaced by a new PA leader and the PA leadership itself is changed.  Whoever rules over the Palestinian people will not renounce the armed struggle or what is known in the civilized world as terrorism because the people of Palestinian will not allow them to do so.  In order to vanish the Israelis and establish a Palestinian state, they will have to carry on their armed activities.  They will never renounce it or obligate itself to cease the armed struggle.  Until in their minds what they call the Israeli occupation is abolished, liberating Palestine will be accomplished only when it is liberated from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River and from the south to the north.  The popular revolution in Palestine is resolved to continue the struggle.  Arafat, the PA leadership of the Arab world, does not interpret renouncing terrorism as meaning to suspend military operations.  What Arafat, the PA leadership, and the Arab when they denounce terrorism is Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorism.

Arafat, PA leadership and the Arab world are implementing a Phased Plan in which the destruction of Israel will be accomplished gradually, because they know they can not defeat Israel in an all-out war.  They believe that more potent than bombs alone are diplomacy and bombs.  And tragically the State Department and the Bush Administration continue to succumb to this ploy.

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Peace Through Strength

The only way that Israel can stop the terrorism that has plagued this nation for the last 20 months is by declaring war on the PA as well as any other terrorist organization such as Hizbullah and Hamas that is associated with the destruction of Israel.  The U.S. must stand aside and let the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) destroy completely the terrorist network established by Yassar Arafat.   Unfortunately, the Bush Administration still does not realize that the Palestinian cause has nothing to do with nationalism and the formation of a state. Instead it is about radical Islamic fundamentalism and a culture of death.  There will never be peace in their minds until Israel is destroyed.  Thus Israel at this point has no choice but to force the terrorist out of the areas they occupy and take back the land that is rightfully theirs.  If the Arab world really cared about the Palestinian people they would allow these people to immigrate into their countries.  

The President quoted that the Bible says, “I have set before you life and death, therefore choose life.”  However, if President Bush is to use the Bible as a standard, he must not forget that the land that the Arabs and the Palestinians say is their homeland has been stolen from Israel and is the same land that the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had given Israel.   When the President supports the formation of a Palestinian state, he must not forget that in Biblical terms he is actually against Israel because there is no doubt that such a state one day would try to destroy it.  The President has indicated that he is a man of faith and reads his Bible to gain strength.  Thus he must not forget that the Bible clearly states that there will be cursings upon those people and nations which are against Israel and blessing for those people and nations which are for Israel.

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