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Israel: Jewish Homeland or Arab Land from Time Immortal?

Written by Gary Beasley on . Posted in Israel

Palestinian Arabs have not been in the land as long as they have claimed.

In 1867 and 1868, Mark Twain traveled around the world. His description of a sparsely populated wasteland of Palestine is recorded in his book Innocents Abroad. Accounts of other travelers tell the same story. For the past 1800 years, Palestine has not been an independent country. It was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1517 to 1917.

Arabs from countries surrounding Palestine started coming in after Jewish settlers began improving the land; creating jobs and employment. Historically speaking there has always been a Jewish presence in the land. Native Palestinian Jews from Jerusalem founded the first modern colony, Petach Tikvah1, in 1878. The first aliyah (first wave of Jewish European refugees who would settle on the land) came four years later. Turkey, and later Great Britain, restricted Jewish immigration while allowing Arabs in.

Land for peace started in 1922. All of Palestine was to be the Jewish homeland. Under the British mandate, three-fourths of Palestine (trans-Jordan) was given to the Arabs.

The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, called for revolts and attacks on the Jews of Palestine. The Mufti spent World War II in Europe with Hitler plotting the final solution of the Jews in Palestine.

By 1947 the remaining Jewish homeland was to be partitioned between Jews and Arabs: the Jews accepted, the Arabs rejected. Five Arab armies attacked the new state of Israel on May 15, 1948. Arab leaders urged Arabs in Jewish areas to leave so that the Jews could be exterminated.

After the Arab failure to defeat Israel, over 800,000 Jews were kicked out or forced to flee from Arab countries. These Arab-Jewish refugees lost their property and possessions and most were settled in Israel.

For the most part, Arab countries, with one hundred times the land area of Israel and billions of petro-dollars, have refused to take in the Palestinian refugees. The Palestinian refugees are used as an excuse to attack Israel. Israel giving up land for a Palestinian homeland will not bring peace any more than it did in May 1948.

Why should what happens in Israel be of concern to us in America? GOD promised Abraham's descendants, Israel2, in Genesis 12:3, that He would bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel. GOD affirmed this over 500 years later in Numbers 24:9. GOD made a covenant with Abraham and with his seed to give them the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates River. In Psalms 105:8-11, GOD declares that this covenant is to "a thousand generations" an everlasting covenant.

Psalms 83:3-19 says that GOD's enemies are also Israel's enemies. "Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion," says Psalms 129:5. The eleventh chapter of Romans says that GOD has not repudiated His people (Israel). The wild branches (Gentile believers) in Yeshua (Jesus) are grafted into the olive tree and are not to boast that they have replaced Israel because the root is supporting them. There will be a time when not just a remnant but all Israel will be saved.