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On Dec. 23 the UN passed a resolution demanding that Israel "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory..." Does God agree? Does Israel have a legal right to this historic and Holy Land?
The God of Israel Declares, "This Land Is Mine!"
Of the 15 countries which comprise the United Nations Council, 14 countries insisted that the establishment of Israeli settlements has "no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law." The United States, historically a dedicated friend of Israel, had the opportunity to block the UN resolution, but failed to wield its veto power. Angered over the resolution and the current U.S. administration's apparent lack of support for Israel, members of the U.S. Congress threatened to de-fund the United Nations — some 22% of the UN’s budget. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a statement, warning: "This provocative action by the United Nations is an outrage and must be dealt with sternly and forcefully." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the UN resolution "shameful."
While world powers grapple with their attempts to provide a realistic and fair peace plan, they neglect the fact that this Holy Land belongs to the God of Israel. (Leviticus 25:23) Regrettably, world powers have no interest in learning what God's lasting peace plan is.
What side should Christians take in the on-going struggles of this tiny nation against world opinion? Lest we forget, Christians should consider the miraculous events which have fulfilled prophecy in establishing Israel as one of the most powerful and influential nations of the world. God had promised that He would bring His people back to their homeland in the "latter days." "And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God." Amos 9:14, 15
Established by Miraculous Events
The rebirth of the State of Israel in 1948 was truly a miracle of history. Never before has a nation been destroyed, its people dispersed to the ends of the earth, and then, nearly two thousand years later, regathered to their homeland and established as a nation. What God has said He would do has become a reality. What miraculous events have led to the rebirth of Israel?
With the breaking up of the Turkish Empire at the end of World War 1, both Jews and Arabs requested independent states. The world powers were generous in the extreme to the Arabs by granting them twenty-two independent Arabs states — encompassing 5,414,000 square miles. The Jews asked for less than one percent of that vast territory. The Allies agreed to this request.
In 1921 England reneged, lopped off 77 percent of the Land promised in the Balfour Declaration and set up the Arab Emirate of Transjordan. Then in 1922 the League of Nations further qualified the Jewish National Home be established in only 23 percent of Palestine, which included Samaria, Judea, Gaza, Golan Heights and Eastern Jerusalem.
Continuous “spasms of travail” were reflected in calculated acts of terror against Jewish settlements. (Jeremiah 4:30-31) In the 1940s the Muslim Mufti, who was Yassir Arafat’s uncle, joined Adolph Eichmann in Europe in the systematic extermination of the Jews. History has recorded this shameful event as “The Holocaust.” Finally recognizing the enormous slaughter, guilt-ridden nations felt a moral obligation to grant the Jews an independent state. In spite of the fact that the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 dismembered the Land of Israel, Arab nations were determined to prevent the Jews from having any of it.
The Divine Physician, however, prevented the “stillbirth” of the Jewish nation. During the final travail, Israel’s War of Independence, the Jewish State was born — not withstanding the fact it was outnumbered 100 to one by the invading armies of seven Arab states boasting that they would push the Jews into the sea. Israel not only repelled the invaders but acquired more of ancient Palestine than was granted in the UN partition plan.
The victory of the 1948 War was a grand miracle composed of a series of smaller miracles. But why? Over 2,500 years ago, the prophet Isaiah made a remarkable prophecy concerning Israel’s regathering: “They that war against thee shall be as nothing and as a thing of nought…for I will help thee.” Isa. 41:12,13
Even after the war of 1948, the Arabs continued to boast that they would destroy Israel. Throughout the 1950s and 60s Israeli forces had to respond to constant Arab guerrillas incursions infiltrating from Syria, Egypt, and Jordan into Israel to carry out attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. Then, in 1967, the combined forces of Syria, Jordan, Egypt came up against Israel in an attempt to overthrow God's Land. However, in six days Israel overran and took the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, the West Bank (Samaria and Judea), and the Sinai — one of the greatest military feats in history. Again, in 1973, the Yom Kippur War was instigated by a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria against Israel as a way of recapturing part of the territories which they lost to the Israelis back in the Six-Day War. And multiple unprovoked attacks by Palestinians against innocent citizens of Israel continue to distort the world's view of Israel, perpetuating the claim that Israel is "occupying" Arab land. Yet, even these conflicts and the fact that Israel is hated by many nations is a fulfillment of prophecy. "For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee..." Psalms 83:2-5
World View vs. God's View
The Arab/Israeli conflict is the oldest family feud in existence. It began when the promised inheritance of the Land was given to Abraham. "And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever." (Genesis 13:14, 15) The Arabs claim that this promise was passed along through their patriarchs, Ishmael or Esau. The Jews claim that it was passed through their father, Isaac. Who is right? Again, to determine the rightful heirs of the promise, it is important to observe which claim is actually fulfilling Bible prophecy. Those with faith are certain that the descendants of Jacob, Israel, have the rightful claim to the Holy Land. Both Christians and Jews should oppose any give-away of land orchestrated by the nations of the world. In His Word, God discloses His agenda for implementing His own incontestable peace plan, overriding all other peace initiatives, compromises and accords.
The world-view of Jewish communities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has been distorted by disinformation which calls these areas "settlements" in "occupied territories." Israel's right to these territories has been challenged, calling it akin to "South African apartheid." But, evidenced by the repeated unprovoked attacks against Israel by Arab nations, who is the real oppressor? What are Israel's Biblical, historical and legal rights to the land?
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