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Israel's Land

Source: Art Sadlier, Thursday September 1st 2011

God promised the Land of Canaan to Israel. Later the Romans would rename it Palestine. Those who now call themselves Palestinians have no claim to the Land of Israel. There never has been in all of history a Palestinian State. There has never been a Palestinian People or Government or a Palestinian language. There has never been a Palestinian culture or a Palestinian economy.

As late as the 1950’s Arabs refused to be called Palestinians. Now the Palestinians claim to be descendants from a Palestinian people who lived for thousands of years in a land called Palestine. That claim is a hoax. Yet the world accepts this lie as the basis of a false peace that they have attempted to force on Israel for some years now. The purpose is to force Israel off the land God has promised to her.

In Genesis 12:7 God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants. “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”  The land in which the Canaanites once dwelt in was given to Israel.

Genesis 13:15, “For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Though the Lord warned Israel that He would drive them off the land for a time because of unbelief and disobedience, yet He promised them the land forever. Jeremiah 30:11, “For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

The Land of Canaan belongs to Israel forever. In verse 17 we see the extent of the land God promised to Israel, “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Notice that God promised all the land to Israel, not just a portion. Those who would divide the land will have to deal with God.

The same promise was repeated to Isaac and to Jacob. “And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.” (Genesis 35:12).

Despite the Arabs and the UN and the nations of the world, God’s promises cannot be broken. Jeremiah 31:35-36, “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.”

There is a struggle going on today over God’s promises to Israel. The whole Muslim world is ready to die to remove Israel from her land. Many of them will someday get their wish. The nations of the world have joined with the enemies of God’s people to remove them from the Promised Land. This struggle is the climax of the war between God and Satan. God will have the last word, “Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely: And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Jeremiah 32:37-38).

The legal foundation of the rights of modern Israel are traced back to the period right after WW1. At that time the great world powers, in conjunction with the League of Nations, decided what was going to happen to the Arab nations and the former enemy territories. The San Remo Resolution is the basic constitutional document of the State of Israel under international law. This resolution specified rights to the Jewish people to reconstitute their national home.

This is the place legal rights are given to both the Jewish and the Arab peoples. This international conference is the place where legal binding decisions were made with respect to the allotment of territories to both the Arabs and to the Jews. These were binding decisions as to who would get what lands. The result was 21 Arab States and 1 Jewish State.

Israel’s legitimacy is linked to a decision made at San Remo, April 25, 1920. Arab peoples were given rights to what is now Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Israel was given the whole Land of Palestine.

After Israel declared independence in 1948, they were invaded by five Arab armies with the stated purpose of destroying the Jewish State. When an armistice was signed Jordan occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The UN and the nations of the world never recognized Jordan’s right to that territory. In the 1967 defensive war Israel captured that land which had been previously granted to them.

Today the Arab nations and the Palestinians are committed to the removal of Israel from the Mideast.

On Saturday August 27, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas delivered a fiery speech to Islamic clerics in Ramallah during which he warned the international community not to demand that he recognize Israel as the "Jewish state."

The international community "cannot force us to recognize the nature of the Israeli state," declared Abbas. "Do not force us to recognize a Jewish state. We will not accept it."

Abbas stated once again that he will not accept absorbing millions of so-called "Palestinian refugees" into a new Palestinian state. Despite being labeled a "moderate," Abbas has been a champion of the hard-line position that Israel must open its borders to these millions of Arabs, thus demographically destroying the Jewish state.

The reason that the Palestinians will not negotiate is because of this clearly stated position that they will never accept a Jewish State.

Consequently they are going to the UN to have a Palestinian State declared on the 1967 borders. Though Abbas would prefer not to state it so boldly at this point, nevertheless Ahmadinejad said it for him.

Iranian president urges Palestinians not to settle for a 2-state solution but "to strive for complete return of their land." The creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Saturday that a statement made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier in the day that the Palestinians would not agree to recognize a Jewish state revealed the true nature of the Palestinian move for recognition of statehood in September.

'The real intention of the Palestinians is not to establish a state that will live in peace alongside Israel but rather the establishment of a state free of Jews in [the West Bank] and the hostile takeover of Israel from within," Lieberman said.

In another commentary we read, “Abbas' goal, and that of the Palestinians in general, is to cause Israel to disappear. Because Israel cannot be destroyed by force, as both conventional wars and terrorist wars have proved, they have embarked on a different sort of campaign: a global campaign (aided by more than a few Jews, both in Israel and abroad) to undermine the Jewish people's right to sovereignty in its homeland. Meanwhile, they are avoiding all negotiations until this goal is achieved.”

It seems this conflict may be coming to a head in September?

The actors on the stage of this world are perhaps unaware that they are pawns in contest of the ages which may soon enter its’ final stage.