The progressive media, the UN, and many U.S. politicians are attacking Israel … as the Palestinians have escalated their all-out assault against the existence of the Jewish nation.
There are vast differences between our western culture and the cultures of the Middle East and the Far East … and it’s important that we understand and respect those differences.
If you want to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, learn those differences.
If you travel to Israel, you should know those differences…
When you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, know those differences.
Here are 10 truths you should know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – which is really a Jewish-Arab conflict – that progressive politicians and the media deliberately hide or distort:
- The conflict between the Jews and the Arabs was predicted in the Old Testament book of Genesis.
Abraham was the father of both Ishmael – the ancestor of the Arabs – and Isaac – the ancestor of the Jewish people.
Isaac was the son God had promised to give Abraham and his wife Sarah in their old age … he was born when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90.
Ishmael was born 14 years earlier, when Sarah became impatient waiting for God’s promise … and decided to take matters into her own hands by giving her Egyptian maid to Abraham as a surrogate wife…
This was a common practice in the Middle East in those days … if a man’s wife was barren.
In Genesis 16:11, an angel appeared to Hagar –the Egyptian maid – before Ishmael was born … and told her what to name her son…
Then the angel describes Ishmael in verse 12:
“And he will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone, and everyone’s hand will be against him; and he will live in defiance of all his brothers.”
Later, in Genesis 25 … after naming the 12 sons of Ishmael, verse 18 says:
And they settled from Havilah to Shur [from the Arabian Peninsula to the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula] which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria; he settled in defiance of all his relatives.
- The original “Palestinians” were people living in Judea – mostly Jews – during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century AD.
Hadrian came to power in 118 AD and allowed the Jewish people to return and rebuild their temple after it had been destroyed in 70 AD by Titus – son of Emperor Vespasian and commander of the Roman army.
Hadrian later changed his mind – deciding instead to build a Roman city in Jerusalem named Aeolina Capitolina – and began deporting Jews to North Africa.
A Jewish rebellion – led by Simon Bar Kokhba – began in 132 AD and lasted until 135 AD, when it was crushed by the Romans … at great cost of life on both sides.
Before, during, and after the rebellion, many Jews fled to the Arabian Peninsula.
- The first Palestinian refugees were Jews who fled – or were deported – from Judea (Aeolia Capitolina) during and after the Bar Kokhba revolt – 132-135 AD.
Emperor Hadrian sought to eradicate Jews and Judaism after the Bar Kokhba revolt ended…
He renamed Judea and called it Palaestinia … from the root word Philistia – a reference to the Philistines, who originally came from ancient Greece.
As Jews fled from Palestine to the Arabian Peninsula and to North Africa, they were replaced by Romans and by Philistines.
Palestine didn’t become predominately Arab until after the fall of the Roman Empire.
- Jews began returning to Palestine after the Belfour Declaration in 1917.
The Balfour Declaration was a public statement issued by the British government during World War I announcing support for the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine.
At the time, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire … and was about 90% Arab and only about 5% Jewish.
- After World War I ended, the League of Nations divided the defeated Ottoman Empire into entities called mandates … intended to lead to the creation of nation states.
Britain accepted the mandate for Palestine.
Both Jews and Arabs are living together in Palestine in peace.
- In 1947 the UN General Assembly passes a resolution to divide Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.
The Jewish state was to receive 56.47% of the land … the Arab state 43.53 %.
Jerusalem was to be an international city…
The Jews accepted the partitioning of Palestine … the Arabs did not.
- The Jewish state declared its independence on May 14, 1948 … the same day the British Mandate ended.
Israel’s founders urged the Arabs living in Palestine to remain in the new Jewish state…
Instead, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia declared war of Israel, seeking to destroy it … and 650,000 to 750,000 Arabs living in Israeli territory fled to Jordan and Syria.
- The Arabs don’t want peace … they want the Jews dead.
In 1967, Arab states again attacked Israel with the intention of destroying the Jewish state.
Things didn’t quite go as planned for the Arabs…
In 6 days the Israeli army defeated the Arab aggressors completely – a true miracle.
Israel took control of the following territory:
- East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan
- The Sinai Peninsula from Egypt
- The Golan Heights from Syria
After the decisive victory, Israeli General Moshe Dayan issued a statement guaranteeing Muslims full freedom of worship on the Temple Mount …
He said, “We’ve not come to conquer the holy place of others but to live with others in harmony.”
The defeated Arab leaders gathered in Khartoum, Sudan, and announced:
- No recognition of the state of Israel
- No peace with Israel
- No negotiation with Israel
The official motto of Hamas – the terrorist group ruling Gaza …and currently invading Israel by crossing the border illegally … is “We love death as much as the Jews love life.”
How do you reach a peace agreement with people who have that attitude toward Israel?
- There is no moral equivalence between Israel and Palestinian groups.
The progressive media and progressive politicians accuse Israel of shooting “unarmed protestors.”
But a mob of 30,000 pushing through barricades and crossing the Gaza border into Israel – even if they aren’t carrying guns – is still a dangerous force intending to do harm.
They are not peaceful protestors…
And the Palestinians use children as shields for their mass border crossings and their rocket launch sites.
They also send young men and women to blow themselves up in Jewish markets and on Jewish buses.
The Israelis don’t do such things…
Golda Meir – former Israeli Prime Minister – once said:
“We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
- There has never been any other state in the region of Palestine other than the state of Israel.
The Palestinians never talked about a Palestinian state when the West Bank was under Jordanian rule.
They only started talking about wanting a Palestinian state when they came under Israeli rule.
You see, the Palestinians don’t want a Two-State Solution to their conflict with Israel … they want Israel to cease to exist.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to reject the idea of conducting peace talks with Israel…
Because they want to destroy the nation of Israel and drive the Israelis into the Mediterranean Sea.
Senior PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) official Ahmad Majdalani announced May 14th as a “Day of Rage” against the nation of Israel…
And Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar – speaking of the planned activities along the Gaza border with Israel – declared:
“We will take down the border and tear out their hearts from their bodies.”
This is why some of the “protestors” in Gaza were shot by Israeli soldiers on May 14th during the Jerusalem Embassy opening ceremony.
They illegally and violently crossed the border into Israel … inciting the soldiers to defend their nation’s border.
These violent Hamas terrorists are the people the progressive politicians and media support and defend.
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