A Nation of Miracles
The new born state of Israel will be 70 years old on May 14, 2018.
What a 70 years! To start with—the rebirth of the state
of Israel in 1948 was a miracle of history (Ezek.37:1-11; Luke
21:29,30). Never before has a nation been destroyed, its people
dispersed to the ends of the earth, and then, nearly two thousand
years later, re-gathered to their homeland and re-established
as a nation.
When Israel declared itself an independent state on May 14, 1948,
still another miracle occurred. The armies of seven Arab nations
marched on the newborn State, boasting that they would "push
the Jews into the sea." Outnumbered 100 to 1, Israel not
only repelled the invaders but acquired more of Palestine than
was granted in the UN partition plan. Yigael Yadin, Israel’s
commander of operations in that war, had a terse explanation of
Israel’s victory. "It was a miracle!"
Five Examples of Miracles
A Syrian column of 200 armored vehicles—including 45 tanks—attacked
Degania, the oldest kibbutz in Israel. What a psychological blow
this defeat would be! Without artillery, Jewish forces were helpless
to block the Syrian advance. Until then the only heavy weapons
available in all Israel were four howitzers of the type used by
the French army in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Two of these
ancient fieldpieces were promptly dismantled and rushed to Degania.
The local commander, Lieutenant Colonel Moshe Dayan, had them
reassembled at the very moment the first Syrian tanks rumbled
through the kibbutz perimeter, and they scored a hit on the advance
tank. Had the Syrians known that these two obsolete weapons represented
half the arsenal of fieldguns in all Israel, they would have pressed
the attack. Instead, the armored vehicles swung around in their
tracks and clattered back up the mountain road.
At Safed, near the Sea of Galilee a small unit of Israeli defenders
were holding off thousand Arabs. A sudden tropical storm broke
loose. The Israelis in desperation took their remaining gasoline,
poured it over 50 empty drums, set them afire and rolled them
down the hill. The flaming barrels flying down the slopes, the
rumble of hollow barrels striking rocks—together with the
tropical storm—created such an illusion that the bewildered
Arabs imagining some sort of secret weapon took to their heel
In December 1948, the Egyptians were harassing Israeli settlements
in the Negev while advanced columns were moving north. Yadin used
the Bible for strategy. It mentioned an ancient road forgotten
for centuries, which ran almost directly to Mushrafa, the Egyptians’
central garrison. Heavy boulders were pushed aside with bulldozers.
Soldiers in armored vehicles, jeeps and supply trucks sped under
cover of darkness along the ancient road and surprised the Egyptians.
Taking this garrison destroyed the Egyptian defense system and
ended the war 14 days later.
To liberate the airport at Lydda the tactics of Gideon were employed.
Seven thousand Arab troops were ready to attack. Sixteen Israelis
dressed as Arabs infiltrated into the city of Lydda. Like Gideon’s
band of 300 they made such a commotion during the night that the
Arabs, totally confused, fired upon each other. Finally the majority
fled back across the border.
The Syrian Army had regrouped east of the Galilee. A Jewish column
of 24 homemade armored trucks and cars, on the way to relieve
a besieged Kibbutz, took the wrong road and crossed the border
into Lebanon. Before they discovered their mistake, they ran head-on
into a column of supplies for the Syrian Army in Galilee—dozens
of trucks of ammunition, a string of light artillery and 20 new
armored cars. The Israelis fired point blank at the first truck—a
tanker loaded with gasoline. It exploded and set on fire the following
truckload of hand grenades. Rapid repeating explosions were heard
for miles around. Terrified, the Syrians abandoned their cargo.
The Israelis scarcely had enough men to drive the captured supply
train back into Galilee. Finally they reached the beleaguered
Kibbutz, only to learn that the Arab besiegers heard rumors that
the Jewish army had invaded Lebanon, therefore, the Arabs fled
The victory of the 1948 War was a big miracle composed of a series
of little miracles. Why? Over 2500 years ago the prophet Isaiah
made a remarkable prophecy concerning Israel regathered back in
her land. "They that war against thee shall be as nothing
and as a thing of nought…for I will help thee."(41:12,13).
The Bible Helped Build Israel
The miracles continued. Trees, fruits and vegetables grow over
what was once shifting sandy wastes or malaria swamps. New industries
fringe historic cities. Highways and pipelines stretch across
a energetic nation that had slept for centuries.
David Ben Gurion, Israel’s dynamic first Prime Minister,
was an ardent student of the Bible as an accurate history of Israel
and its land. He dispatched engineers, horticulturists, botanists,
etc., with the Bible in one hand and research tools in the other.
Following Bible clues, copper and iron mines were established.
One mining engineer, Abraham Dor observed that at the richest
veins of copper —"we come upon the slag and furnaces
of ancient Israel. We often get the feeling that someone has just
left." Deuteronomy 8:7-9 was often framed on the walls of
For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land; a land whose
stones are iron and out of whose hills thou mayest dig copper.
Reclaiming the Wasteland
Barren land transformed to the fertility of ancient Israel is
a miracle predicted in Scripture (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek. 36:34-35).
It was long assumed that most of Palestine was wasteland, irreclaimable
for agriculture. But archaeologists discovered the presence of
more than 70 ancient settlement sites in one 65-mile stretch of
the Jordan Valley alone, each with its own well for water. Lot,
over 3,000 years ago, was not exaggerating when he "lifted
up his eyes, and he saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well
watered everywhere, even as the garden of the Lord" (Gen.13:10).
New agricultural settlements—from Dan to Beersheba—have
risen beside ancient sites reidentified by Biblical archaeologists.
Concrete pumping stations were set over ancient springs or wells.
A well from Abraham’s day, now supplies water for residents
on the outskirts of Beersheba.
One of the basic necessities in that arid country is reforestation.
Ever since Jews began returning, they have been planting forests,
naming them in honor of such leaders and friends of Israel as
Chaim Weizmann, Lord Balfour, George V and scores of others.
The Bible has helped them decide what kind of trees to plant and
where to plant them. Debating whether a certain barren hillside
would be a suitable location for Israel’s immense "Forest
of Martyrs," Israelis found the answer in Joshua, which proved
that a forest had existed there. "Knowing that trees grow
more easily where trees have flourished before," explained
Professor Zohary of Hebrew University, "we rely on the Good
"The first tree Abraham put in the soil of Beersheba was
a tamarisk," said Israel’s outstanding authority on
reforestation, Dr. Joseph Weitz. "Following his lead, we
put out two million in the same area. Abraham was right. The tamarisk
is one of the few trees we have found that thrives in the south
where yearly rainfall is less than six inches."
The writer personally knew the Boyko Family who pioneered in developing
Biblical principles of agriculture that helped the Aravah and
the Negev blossom as a rose. The Bible made Israel the agricultural
giant it is today exporting its products worldwide. It took another
miracle to make this possible. In Bible times there were two copious
rainy seasons in Palestine—the "early and the latter
rain." But for the past many centuries the "early rain"
has been minimal while the "latter rain" and dew have
disappeared completely. Since 1878, the "latter rain"
is falling again. The precipitation of both has spiraled over
the decades just as predicted in Joel 2:23,24.
The Miracle of Immigration
Jews from the four points of the compass heard the call to come
home (Isa. 43:5,6). Israel’s Declaration of Independence
stated that Israel "will be open to the immigration of Jews
from all countries of their dispersion."
Even as war still raged and the little State faced possible destruction
or bankruptcy, the newcomers poured in. During the first three
years of statehood, the average reached 18,000 a month and in
some months the figure exceeded 30,000. Between May 15, 1948,
and June 30, 1953, the Jewish population of the country doubled.
By the end of 1956, Israel’s population had nearly tripled,
reaching 1,667,000. Imagine the economic shock of absorption!
Jews kept pouring into Israel over the decades. In 1984 - 1985
and again in 1991 harrowing airlifts brought Ethiopian Jews from
utter despair to a Land of hope. Finally, the long-expected prophetic
fulfillment of Jews from Russia began in 1991. By 1998 over 800,000
have returned from the former Soviet Republics (CIS) and they
are still coming. Over a million are expected. Israel’s
population increased from 650,000 in 1948 to nearly 6,000,000
in 1998. The miracle of absorption continues.
The Miracle of the ’67 War
The Arabs boasted that they would destroy Israel. However, in
six days Israel overran the combined forces of Syria, Jordan,
Egypt and took the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, the West Bank
(Samaria and Judea), and the Sinai—one of the greatest military
feats in history. To many Orthodox Jews worldwide, especially
in the United States, it was a wake-up call from God. Thousands
poured into Israel and settled in Samaria and Judea to stake Israel’s
eternal claim to the so-called West Bank—the heartland of
Israel. They are certain the Messianic Age is near at hand. As
Biblical Zionists, they oppose any give-away of land in the peace
A Hi-Tech Leader
Ezekiel 38:12, 13 predicts that Israel will become an economic
envy of the nations. The immigration of Russian Jews is literally
paying off. This year has witnessed an explosion in both hi-tech
developments and the number of contracts Israeli hi-tech companies
have signed with manufacturers worldwide. Prime Minister Netanyahu
said, "The failure of Soviet communism to capitalize on the
outstanding R & D skills of the Russian Jews was a stroke
of good fortune for Israel. We now have the highest per capita
of scientists in the world. This has put Israel on the cutting
edge of technology." The New York Stock Exchange lists more
hi-tech companies from Israel than any other nation… Ezekiel
also predicts the sanctification of God’s name when Israel’s
enemies would threaten His people (38:16-23).
50 Year Anniversary
Actually Israel’s miracles began in 1878 with the regathering
of the Jewish people to their Land. Ironically the PLO also celebrated
its own 50-year anniversary from 1948. The Palestinians have several
names for their anniversary. One is "50 years of catastrophe!"
Two people claim the one land is theirs. Who is right? Who are
The Biblical Claim
The prophet Jeremiah 16:14-18 speaks of Israel receiving a "double
of punishment" before they are regathered to their Land (16:14-18).
This double would be a period equal to their prior period of favor
with God. Jeremiah also observed that during this double of punishment
the Land of Israel would become relatively desolate of man and
The Palestinian Claim
PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat in his speech before the UN in 1974
declared, "The Jewish invasion began in 1881 . . . Palestine
was then a verdant area, inhabited mainly by an Arab people in
the course of building its life and dynamically enriching its
Financed by the oil rich Arab States, Arafat has conducted a worldwide
propaganda campaign to convince the world community that the Holy
Land has for centuries sustained a thriving Palestinian culture.
What happens when this claim is compared with the personal observations
of the following recognized authorities? In 1738 Thomas Shaw observed
a land of "barrenness . . . from want of inhabitants."
(1) In 1785 Constantine Francois de Volney recorded the population
of the three main cities. Jerusalem had a population of 12,000
to 14,000. Bethlehem had about 600 able-bodied men. Hebron had
800 to 900 men. (2) In 1835 Alphonse de Lamartine wrote, "Outside
the city of Jerusalem, we saw no living object, heard no living
sound…a complete eternal silence reigns in the town, in
the highways, in the country…. The tomb of a whole people."
In 1857, the British consul in Palestine, James Finn, reported,
"The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants
and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population."
This historic observation is a remarkable confirmation of the
Biblical predictions that during Israel’s "double"
period of time of punishment and dispersion, the Lord would cause
the Land to become desolate of man and beast (Jeremiah 33:10;
Zechariah 10:12; Jeremiah 16:14-18). No wonder by 1857 it was
just waiting for "a body of population!" (4) In the
Lord’s providence this needed body of population-the Jewish
people-began to return after 1878 at the end of their Scriptural
period of His disfavor.
The most popular quote on the desolation of the Land is from Mark
Twain’s The Innocents Abroad (1867), "Palestine sits
in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that
has withered its fields and fettered its energies….Palestine
is desolate and unlovely…. It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken
The records of history confirm the Biblical predictions that during
the Jewish dispersion and "double" of God’s disfavor,
the Land of Israel would become desolate awaiting the return of
the Jewish people when its period of disfavor ended in 1878. The
records of history simply do not confirm today’s Palestinian
claim of Palestinian roots and culture in a "verdant area"
since the Arab rule of the land (A.D. 640-1099).
Southern Syria Vs. "Palestine"
The Romans had changed the name of the Land of Israel to "Palestine."
From A.D. 640 until the 1960s, Arabs referred to this same Land
as "Southern Syria." Arabs only started calling the
Land "Palestine" in the 1960s. Until about the eighteenth
century, the Christian world called this same Land, "The
Holy Land." Thereafter, they used two names: "The Holy
Land" and "Palestine." When the League of Nations
in 1922 gave Great Britain the mandate to prepare Palestine as
a national home for the Jewish people, the official name of the
Land became "Palestine"—and remained so until
the rebirth of the Israeli State in 1948. During this very period,
the leaders of the Arabs in the Land, however, called themselves
Southern Syrians and clamored that the Land become a part of a
"Greater Syria." This "Arab Nation" would
include Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan as well as Palestine.
An observation in Time magazine well articulated how the Palestinian
identity was born so belatedly in the 1960s: (5)
Golda Meir once argued that there was no such thing as a Palestinian;
at the time, she wasn’t entirely wrong. Before Arafat began
his proselytizing, most of the Arabs from the territory of Palestine
thought of themselves as members of an all-embracing Arab nation.
It was Arafat who made the intellectual leap to a definition of
the Palestinians as a distinct people; he articulated the cause,
organized for it, fought for it and brought it to the world’s
If there was an Arab Palestinian culture, a normal population
increase over the centuries would have been expected. But with
the exception of a relatively few families, the Arabs had no attachment
to the Land. If Arabs from southern Syria drifted into Palestine
for economic reasons, within a generation or so the cultural tug
of Syria or other Arab lands would pull them back. This factor
is why the Arab population average remained low until the influx
of Jewish financial investments and Jewish people in the late
1800s made the Land economically attractive. Then sometime between
1850 and 1918, the Arab population shot up to 560,000. Not to
absolve the Jews but to defend British policy, the not overfriendly
British secretary of state for the colonies Malcolm MacDonald,
declared in the House of Commons (November 24, 1938), "The
Arabs cannot say that the Jews are driving them out of the country.
If not a single Jew had come to Palestine after 1918, I believe
the Arab population of Palestine would still have been around
Jewish contributions and Jewish immigration continued to flow
into the Land. The Jews created industry, agriculture, hospitals—a
complete socioeconomic infrastructure. As job opportunities increased,
so did Arab immigration. In fact, in 1939 President Roosevelt
observed that "Arab immigration into Palestine since 1921
has vastly exceeded the total Jewish immigration during this whole
period." (7) For one specific example, in 1934 between 30,000
and 36,000 Arabs from the Hauran Province in Syria left for "the
better life" in Palestine. (8)
On the other hand, Great Britain’s White Paper of 1939 closed
the doors of Jewish immigration to their Land. Simultaneously,
there was a large-scale Arab immigration to the new Land of opportunity
during World War II. In 1946 Bartley C. Crum, a United States
Government observer, noted that tens of thousands of Arabs had
entered Palestine because of this better life–and they were
still coming. (10)
The Testimony of Arabs and Christians
Because Arabs until the 1960s spoke of Palestine as Southern Syria
or part of Greater Syria, in 1919 the General Syrian Congress
stated, "We ask that there should be no separation of the
southern part of Syria, known as Palestine." (11) In 1939
George Antonius noted the Arab view of Palestine in 1918: (12)
Faisal’s views about the future of Palestine did not differ
from those of his father and were identical with those held then
by the great majority of politically-minded Arabs. The representative
Arab view was substantially that which King Husain [Grand Sherif
of Mecca, the great grandfather of the current King Hussein of
Jordan] had expressed to the British Government…in January
1918. In the Arab view, Palestine was an Arab territory forming
an integral part of Syria.
Referring to the same Arab view of Palestine in 1939, George Antonius
spoke of "the whole of the country of that name [Syria] which
is now split up into mandated territories..." (13) His lament
was that France's mandate over Syria did not include Palestine
which was under Britain's mandate.
As late as May 1947, Arab representatives reminded the United
Nations in a formal statement, "Palestine is a… part
of the Province of Syria…. Politically, the Arabs of Palestine
were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political
On May 31, 1956, Ahmed Shukairy had no hesitation, as current
head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in announcing to
the Security Council the observation, "It is common knowledge
that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria." (15)
Syrian President Hafez Assad once told PLO leader Yassir Arafat:
You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget
this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian People,
there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an
integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part
of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are
the true representatives of the Palestinian people.
Assad stated on March 8, 1974, "Palestine is a principal
part of Southern Syria, and we consider that it is our right and
duty to insist that it be a liberated partner of our Arab homeland
and of Syria." (17)
In the words of the late military commander of the PLO as well
as member of the PLO Executive Council, Zuhair Muhsin: (18)
There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians
and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political
reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity.…yes,
the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical
purposes. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in
the continuing battle against Israel [emphasis ours].
The following are significant observations by Christians of the
Arabs in Palestine in the 1800s: (19)
The Arabs themselves, who are its inhabitants, cannot be considered
but temporary residents. They pitched their tents in its grazing
fields or built their places of refuge in its ruined cities. They
created nothing in it. Since they were strangers to the land,
they never became its masters. The desert wind that brought them
hither could one day carry them away without their leaving behind
them any sign of their passage through it.
Stephen Olin, D.D., L.L.D., called one of the most noted of American
theologians-after his extensive travels in the Middle East-wrote
of the Arabs in Palestine "…with slight exceptions
they are probably all descendants of the old inhabitants of Syria."
The most authoritative Arab statement, however, as to whom the
Holy Land belongs is found in the Koran, the Islamic Scriptures:
The fact is that the Koran agrees with the Bible that God (Allah)
made a covenant with the Sons of Israel and assigned the Holy
Land to the Jews (See the Koran, Sura V, "The Table").
The Koran also describes the land given to the Jews as "blessed"
and foresees a return of Israel to their land at the end of days.
These testimonies confirm the Christian Scriptures that God gave
the Land to the Jewish people as an everlasting possession. The
relatively few Arabs who wandered into the Land between A.D. 670-1878
were but temporary dwellers. The truer perspective of history
reveals that the large recent influx of Arabs that paralleled
the regathering of Jews has no historic rootage in the Land.
The Verdict of History: Land Rights
Before Jewish immigration and Jewish investments spawned massive
Arab immigration, Arabs were actually leaving Palestine. Then
the flow of traffic reversed. "…Palestine changed from
a country of Arab emigration to one of Arab immigration. Arabs
from the Hauran in Syria as well as other neighboring lands poured
into Palestine to profit from the higher standard of living and
fresh opportunities provided by the Zionist pioneers." (22)
This phenomenon is confirmed by the Palestine Royal Commission
Report which observed that in the period between the Balfour Declaration
and the United Nations Partition Resolution of 1947, Palestine
became a land of Arab immigration. (23) As further documented
by Ernst Frankenstein, substantial Arab immigration was a recent
The early "lovers of Zion" began the stimulation of
Arab immigration. Some writers have come out with the conclusion
that in 1942, 75 percent of the Arab population were either immigrants
or descendants of immigrants into Palestine during the preceding
one hundred years, mainly after 1882.
Indeed, the verdict of history does more than confirm the Prophets
that the population of the Land of Israel would be minimal until
the "double" of Israel’s disfavor ended in 1878
when the regathering of the Jewish exiles began (Jeremiah 33:10;
Zechariah 10:12 and Jeremiah 16:14-18). The record of history
testifies that the great influx of Arabs also began after that
These facts of history explain why the United Nations needed to
develop a definition that a "Palestinian Refugee" is
any Arab who had been in "Palestine" for only two years.
This U.N. definition, in fact, is incompatible with the assumption
that the Arab Palestinian roots go back one or two thousand years.
The Jews themselves have dominated the Land called "Palestine"
for the past two millennia. The Jews themselves are as much "Palestinian"
as the Arabs who claim to be Palestinians. If any population has
a right to the name Palestinian (if they wanted it), it would
be the Jews whose ancestors had their Land renamed "Palestine."
The Nations Partitioned
"When I bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will also gather all nations…I will plead with them there
for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered
among the nations, and parted my land." Joel 3:1,2
With the ending of God’s "double" of disfavor
and punishment, God takes issue with the nations responsible for
hounding and scattering "my people." Now during God’s
regathering of the Jews by Divine Providence since 1878 to "my
Land," He also takes issue with the fact that the nations
have "parted My Land"—His Land. How have the nations
"partitioned" His Land?
World War I was the second significant event in end-time prophecy
regarding the regathering of Israel. Turkey, with an expansive
empire that compassed the Middle East (including Palestine) and
North Africa, fought with Germany and the Central Powers against
the Allies. At the breaking up of the Turkish Empire by the victorious
Allies, 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 (which included
both sides of the Jordan) in the 1917 Balfour Declaration and
the 1920 San Remo Conference of World Powers.
For imperialistic interests, however, in 1921 Great Britain reneged
on the Balfour Declaration, 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 gave Great
Britain a Mandate to prepare the remaining 23 percent of Palestine
(including Samaria, Judea, Gaza, Golan Heights and Eastern Jerusalem)
for a Jewish National Home. But under French pressure, in 1923
the Golan Heights was ceded by the British to the French mandate
of Syria. (26) They partitioned His Land and the Lord was angry.
Oil was then discovered in the Arab countries. Consequently, "oil
diplomacy" was instituted. British foreign policy simply
bowed to Arab appeasement. In 1939 the British White Paper banned
further immigration to Palestine. Also, with brutal callousness,
the United States and most nations refused to accept the beleaguered
Jews of Europe. Consequently, six million Jews were slaughtered
in the Holocaust.
How many millions of these hapless victims would have found a
haven in Palestine if Britain had not reneged—with the silent
consent of the other nations of the world—on its own mandate
obligations by banning Jewish immigration? What a heinous collective
crime of history! Lloyd George, who was the Prime Minister of
Great Britain, when he issued the Balfour Declaration went on
national radio to call the 1939 British White paper, "an
act of national perfidy which will dishonor the name of Britain."
This time the nations actually denied the Jews any of God’s
Land and the Lord was angry. Finally, the Gentile nations, guilt-ridden
after defaulting on their promise since 1922, felt a moral obligation
to grant the Jews an independent state. But, unfortunately, the
UN Partition Plan of 1947 further reduced the size of the new
Israeli State. They partitioned "My Land" and the Lord
When Israel became an independent State in 1948, armies from six
Arab nations invaded the newborn State. Outnumbered 100 to one,
Israel’s ragtag army pushed back the invaders and took more
of its rightful Land. Divine Providence was telling the world
something about whose Land it is. The only failure in Israel’s
rightful victory at that time was not succeeding in recapturing
Jordan Occupied East Jerusalem
Instead, the Arab State of Transjordan captured East Jerusalem,
expelled all Jews and destroyed or desecrated all Jewish holy
sites. That is actually when Jerusalem became "occupied territory."
Defying the U.N. Mandate, Transjordan also occupied the west bank
of the River Jordan. No longer limited to being "Trans"
(across) Jordan (the east bank), Transjordan reduced its name
to simply Jordan, now ruling over both the occupied west bank
and the original east bank of Jordan.
But this annexation of the "West Bank" by Jordan was
not recognized by any nation of the world—except Great Britain
and Pakistan. Jordan was even denounced by its Arab allies, Syria,
Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who wanted to expel Jordan from
the Arab League! (28) It is claimed that 600,000 Arabs fled "temporarily,"
but temporarily became permanently when the Arab invaders failed
to destroy the new State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion adamantly
argued that the 600,000 figure was a lie. "The refugee issue
is one of the biggest lies, even among our own people… I
have all the figures. From the area of the State of Israel, only
180,000 Arabs left in 1948. There were 300,000 Arabs altogether
in Israel and 120,000 remain." (29)
In the 1967 Six Day War, under the threat of being "pushed
into the sea" by Egypt, Syria and Jordan, Israel actually
liberated the "occupied territory" of Jerusalem and
granted free access to Jews, Christians and Moslems to worship
at their respective Holy sites. Israel also liberated the "West
Bank" and Gaza. How easily recent history is forgotten. By
comparison, Israel’s administration, despite its faults,
has been much more humane. The realities of the Jordanian and
Egyptian occupation are conveyed in the following quote from HARSH
For 19 years, until 1967, Jordan brutally occupied the renamed
"West Bank" with its 20 UNWRA refugee camps….
And when western Palestinians rioted in December ’55, April
’57, April ’63, Nov. ’66 and April ’67,
King Hussein sent in tanks which shelled city streets and machine
gunned people at random, killing hundreds of men, women and children.
The Gaza Strip, as it was known for the 19 years of harsh Egyptian
occupation, had 8 UNWRA refugee camps in which the Palestinians
were forced to live in overcrowded squalor. Egypt refused to absorb
any refugees; kept them stateless, denied passports, and forbade
them to travel or work in Egypt. [On the other hand, Palestinians
were permitted to work in Israel after 1967.]
For 19 years of brutal occupation of their fellow Arabs, Jordan
and Egypt kept these areas in a deliberate state of economic stagnation
and severe unemployment. Average unemployment in the early Sixties
ran between 35-45%, and refugee unemployment hit a high of 83%.
Yet during this entire period, the world was silent…. Only
after Israel’s seizure of these territories in a defensive
war in 1967, did anyone discover the "legitimate rights and
national aspirations" of the Palestinian Arabs.
From a humanitarian viewpoint, their situation improved immeasurably
under Israeli administration. Unemployment hovers around a mere
1% (1989) and per capita gross income tripled in less than 20
years; infant mortality rates dropped from the pre-1967 140 per
1,000 to only 30 per 1,000 today—at a time when the rest
of the Arab world is still at 80 per 1,000; 7 Arab colleges and
universities were established under Israel "occupation,"
where none existed before 1967. Yet it is Israel that is now being
Had the Arab countries any true intentions of helping their beleaguered
brethren from western Palestine, they would and could have absorbed
them easily 4 decades ago, as the Israelites did of an even greater
number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands. The Palestinian Arabs
share the same language, religion and culture, and for 70% of
them, the same countries of origin just 3 generations before when
their grandfathers emigrated for economic reasons to Palestine
from surrounding Arab lands. But the 22 Arab countries, uninterested
in aiding their Palestinian brothers, preferred to use them as
a political weapon to wield against Israel, and the U.N. supported
this heartless human manipulation.
In the mid-1970’s Israel attempted to give the Palestinian
Arab refugees in Gaza new and better housing. The U.N. General
Assembly, at the urging of the Arab states, passed Resolution
32/90 condemning Israel for trying to relocate these refugees
and demanded they be returned "to the camps in which they
were removed." And yet, a senior U.N. official came to Gaza
in January 1988 accompanied by 10 TV crews on a fact-finding visit
and laid the entire blame for the situation at Israel’s
feet. As if the U.N.’s own complicity in the matter didn’t
The Refugee Problem
When the six Arab nations invaded Israel at Israel’s birth,
many claim 600,000 Arabs were displaced in that war. What is not
well known is that approximately 800,000 Jews, who were living
in those six Arab nations, had to flee for their lives because
of Arab hatred. The solution to this refugee problem was simple—a
Israel, at a terrible economic cost, absorbed the 800,000 Jewish
refugees. But the Arab nations refused to accept these Arab refugees,
their Arab brethren. Rather, they placed them in refugee camps,
which became dark holes of hate and misery, models for propaganda
to turn world opinion against Israel. They succeeded.
"They Partitioned My Land"
The UN has now had the audacity to call Jerusalem and the "West
Bank" "occupied territories" only after Israel
regained them in the 1967 War. In 1922 the League of Nations had
recognized the legal, moral and historic right of the Jewish people
to a national homeland in Palestine—including Jerusalem.
If the Jews had a right to Jerusalem recognized by the world community
in 1922, that right is still valid today. But since then, the
vast oil reserves were discovered in Arab lands. The nations are
compromising Israel’s rights for their own oil interests.
Consequently, the U.S. administration and the UN define East Jerusalem
as "occupied territory." When Jordan occupied East Jerusalem,
it was "occupied territory." But now, in fact, no part
of Jerusalem is "occupied territory."
Jerusalem—indivisible—belongs to Israel. The same
logic applies to the "West Bank." Unfortunately, Israel’s
government presently is too intimidated by tremendous pressure
from the U.S. and other world powers to insist on its historic
right to Judea-Samaria, the so-called "West Bank."
What is the Lord’s perspective of all of these events? He
is angry at the nations. Whose Land is it that the world powers
are now pressuring Israel to give to the Arabs? During the current
regathering of the Jews to Israel, even before God’s Kingdom
is set up in Jerusalem, God refers to Israel as "MY people"
and their Land as "MY Land" (Ezekiel 38:16; Isaiah 11:11).
"they parted [partitioned] MY land." To whom does the
Land belong? The Arabs? No! The Land belongs to God and He gave
it to the children of Israel. But the nations have the arrogance
to partition God’s Land. They took 77 percent of it away
from Israel, "MY people," and gave it to the Arabs—and
now the United States and the nations of the world are pressuring
Israel to surrender more of their God-given Land to the Arabs.
But the Lord has His own land plans for Israel.
A six-year study by over 250 scientists and experts predicts that
by the year 2020 the population of Israel will exceed 8,100,000,
making Israel by far the most densely populated developed country
in the world. Israel will be more than 2.5 times more densely
populated than Japan and the Netherlands, and there will be a
serious shortage of land for residential construction. In Micah
7:11 the prophet speaks of our time as "the day for extending
your [Israel’s] boundaries" (NAS).
Actually, the Scriptures (Isa. 11 & Zech. 10) indicate another
large immigration of Jews from the CIS and a massive exodus from
the U.S. even before 2020. But there will be no land shortage.
A final Arab-Israeli war will precede this massive immigration.
Israel’s borders will be expanded to include all of the
Golan Heights, much or all of the sparsely inhabited nation of
Jordan and Southern Lebanon (Isa. 11:14; Zeph. 2:8-9; Micah 7:11,
14; Obad.18-20). All of this territory was promised Israel in
the Balfour Declaration back in 1917. But God will finally give
to Israel even more than the nations promised (Genesis 15:18-21).
The God of Israel is a God of miracles—and He has only begun
His miracles in achieving Israel’s ultimate destiny. God
will even work miracles to bring all nations into harmony with
Israel. His intentions are revealed by the Prophet Jeremiah (31:11):
For I am with thee (Israel) 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.
After the destruction of their governments, the people of these
nations will "seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem" which
will become the capital of God’s Kingdom (Zechariah 8:20-23).
Instead of converging on Israel and Jerusalem to partition the
Land or take it, the nations will come to Jerusalem to learn of
the God of Israel so that they may walk in His ways. Instead of
coming to dissect Israel, they will come to be taught (Isaiah
2:1-4). Yes, the Messianic Era will come.
And it shall come to pass in the last days,
that the mountain [Kingdom] of the Lord’s house
shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills;
and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths;
for out of Zion [the spiritual seed of blessing]
shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem
[the natural seed of blessing].
The whole world—the Arab peoples too—will come up
to worship the God of Jacob in Jerusalem. Peoples of all national
tongues will come to pray to the LORD God of Israel because they
will understand God is blessing Israel (Zechariah 8:3, 21-23):
…Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth, and the mountain
of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain… O house of Judah
and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing;
fear not, but let your hands be strong…. It shall yet come
to pass that there shall come people and the inhabitants of many
cities,… saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD,
and to seek the LORD of hosts… ten men shall take hold out
of all the languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the
skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we
have heard that God is with you.
Israel's first 70 years of statehood is only the tumultuous beginning.
Beyond all the tears and trouble lies Israel as a beacon light
to the Gentiles. "There shall not be heard any more violence
in thy land, wasting and destruction within thy boundaries; but
thou shalt call, Salvation, thy walls, and thy gates, Praise"
(Isaiah 60:3, 18 Isaac Leeser). God's comprehensive peace settlement
for Israel will only signal the beginning of an eternity of blessing
all the families of the earth. Then the promise to Father Abraham—passed
down to Isaac then Jacob—will be fulfilled: "In thee
and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed"
(Genesis 28:14). The God of Israel is a God of miracles. He has
only begun His miracles in achieving Israel's ultimate destiny
when the wonderful promises of Israel's Prophet Isaiah (35:5-10)
will be fulfilled for all mankind:
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame [man] leap as an hart,
and the tongue of the dumb sing:
for in the wilderness shall waters break out,
and streams in the desert.
And the parched ground shall become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs of water:
in the habitation of dragons, where each lay,
[shall be] grass with reeds and rushes.
And an highway shall be there, and a way,
and it shall be called The way of holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it;
but it [shall be] for those: the wayfaring men,
though fools, shall not err [therein].
No lion shall be there,
nor [any] ravenous beast shall go up thereon,
it shall not be found there;
but the redeemed shall walk [there]:
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with songs
and everlasting joy upon their heads:
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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