ISRAEL – Who Legally Owns the Land?

It goes pretty much unnoticed that over the decades almost all of Israel’s neighbors have become friendly and many are now allies – including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and others. They have common enemies – radical Islam, Iran, Yemen, Hezbollah, among others and tenuous relations with Turkey. If you are a prophecy buff, you have noticed that all but one of the nations calling for the destruction of Israel in the 83rd Psalm have either been defeated, no longer exist or are now friendly with Israel. Of those nations only the Philistines, today known as the Palestinians, are still hostile toward this tiny nation. In a strange twist of fate, until the rise of Yasser Arafat…an Egyptian…the Jews in the land were called Palestinians.

 This cartoon ran in a Beirut newspaper showing that Hezbollah’s hatred for Israel backfired on the Lebanese people who suffered.

Today, Israel’s primary enemies are Hamas in Gaza, Iran, and their terror arm in Lebanon, Hezbollah. Israel is continually reaching out to the Palestinians who relentlessly pursue their aggression. The Palestinians will not accept any offer of a peace plan, co-existence, or a two-state solution with Israel – insisting that the Jewish nation be driven into the sea. They stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that Israel has a right to exist. In Lebanon, because of the corrupt government and the suffering of its citizens, the people have turned against Hezbollah – especially after the devastating explosion of August 4, 2020. The people are in the streets protesting that Hezbollah is their enemy, and not Israel.

In a manifestation of disdain for the Jews, an attempt to pull one over on Israel and establish the Palestinians as the indigenous people of the land backfired when the UN passed UNDRIP, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstentions.

“UNDRIP recognized that indigenous people . . . have the right to the lands, territories, and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired (Art. 26.1) and that the exercise of these rights shall be free from discrimination of any kind (Art. 2). They should have realized they had made an error when Israel also voted in favor of the resolution.” (Gatestone Institute).

“In recent years, Israel has been depicted in the media as a rogue state, flaunting international law by allowing Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. However, that simply is not true. International law gives the Jews clear rights to all of the land. They are willing to negotiate with Palestinians and give up part of that land. But it isn’t something required by international law. It is a possible political solution to an ongoing political problem.” (Hal Lindsey June 18, 2020).

By long-established international law, the land legally, legitimately, and rightfully belongs to the Jews, despite the 1947 UN mandate to divide the land. A series of international treaties establish the historical right of the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, including Judea and Samaria, which the hostile media wrongly terms “the West Bank.” The Balfour Declaration of 1917, the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), San Remo Resolution (1920), Treaty of Sevres (1920), and the British Mandate for Palestine (1922) created international law, recognizing and establishing the historical indigenous rights of the Jews to the land as it has been shown that the Jews have continually been in the land for over 3000 years. After WWII Britain, appeasing their Arab allies, often violated international law and their own mandate.  Some details of how horribly Britain treated the Jewish refugees seeking asylum from Hitler’s death camps rise to the levels of Nazi cruelty. The raging hatred we see throughout the world for the Jewish people is simply and demonically irrational.

Michel Calvo, May 19, 2020, for the Gatestone Institute, wrote: “Recent UN General Assembly Resolutions stating that the settlement of Jews in Judea Samaria is contrary to international law are no more than recommendations and have never led to amendments of existing binding treaties. UN Security Council Resolutions, stating that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are illegal, are not binding. Only resolutions taken under Chapter VII of the UN Charter are binding on all UN member states.”

For a thorough study of the origins of the Palestinian conflict, the history of the land, and the legal and legitimate rights of the peoples, see Joan Peters’ exhaustive work, “From Time Immemorial,” available from Amazon Books.

Israel isn’t all innocent in the continuing conflicts. However, much of their benevolence toward Gaza goes unmentioned. Israel physically dragged their citizens out of Gaza, giving it to the Palestinians along with all its resources and infrastructure (which the Palestinians quickly destroyed). Also unmentioned is that Israel provides food, medicine and electric power to Gaza.

When given a choice, Arabs living in Israel prefer maintaining their Israeli citizenship and passports.

Israel does have a legitimate and legal right to the land. They are willing to compromise but unwilling to be pushed into the sea.

Of one thing we can be assured: in the end, God will resolve the conflict – and possibly sooner than we think!

Exploring Scripture ~ because it matters—it truly does!

Gatestone Institute May 19, 2020
Hal Lindsey Letter June 18, 2020
From Time Immemorial, Joan Peters

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