The Nation of Israel; Created by God or an Anomaly of U.N. Mandate?

The Nation of Israel; Created by God or an Anomaly of U.N. Mandate?

“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and we wept, when we remembered Zion. There on the willow we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs…saying ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? If I forget thee oh, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my highest joy!” Psalm 137, 500 B.C.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a modern dispute with its roots in post-world war I colonial politics.” (Note: colonialism is a dirty word in modern academic texts) Human Geography, Knox, Marston, p. 336, 2013 A.D.

While our textbooks probably do a better job on this issue than some (At least here they admit that there are two sides to the issue) they come off as far from unbiased and once again resort to storytelling and small blurbs of history instead of giving us the real thing. Our second textbook, World Regional Geography, doesn’t do much better;

“Israel is a major anomaly in Southwestern Asia. (Formally known as the Middle East) It is a unique example of a country created by the United Nations for a particular ethnic group, despite opposition from those living around it.” p. 367

Both books at least make a show of non-partisanship, the second text with a point-counterpoint section between the Arab Palestinians and the Israelis. But they spend most of their time talking of the number of Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on the West Bank or the Gaza Strip or talking about the horrible crowded conditions of the refugee camps forced on them by the anomaly (out of place) nation of Israel. They don’t mention why Israel was attacking the Palestinians or how the Palestinians first got placed in the refugee situation to start with. The first text book, Human Geography, makes no mention of the previous historical existence of the Jewish people in Israel in its discussion of the conflict here, but does have a section on the history of Jerusalem elsewhere. But the second textbook at least gives the Jewish history in the Fertile Crescent a paragraph, where it majors on the fact that the Jews having escaped slavery in Egypt, “…took the lands from the Canaanites to establish their own country.”

Of course the story of that Conquest is found in the Jewish Torah and in that text the whole context of the conflict is given as to why the God of the Jewish people gave them the Canaanite land. In brief, the ancient Canaanites were behaving then like Americans are today; abortion and infanticide were rampant, and homosexual and heterosexual fornication and adultery were without bounds. According to the Torah the residents of Canaan were living in abject rebellion to the God of Israel.

Neither text does much better in giving an accurate portrayal of the present conflict, making it appear at the very least as if both sides are equally at fault for the ongoing conflict. They do mention, in brief, the fact that the Palestinians were offered land along with the Jewish people in the 1947 UN offer and in the two state partitions offered in 1937, and barely mention that the Arabs turned down both offers. Human Geography suggests that the Arabs turned down the offer because in the 1947 plan the Jews received more land; 57% of the territory. Of course, anyone reading the newspapers at the time or aware of the actual conflict realizes that the reason they declined to accept the offer was that the Muslim Arabs could never tolerate the presence of a Jewish nation in the Muslim mid-east.

As Nasser would repeat 20 years later in the prelude to the famous 6 Day War;

““As of today there no longer exists an international force to protect Israel. We shall exercise patience no more… The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the total extermination of its Zionist existence.”

This was echoed by virtually all the Arab leaders in the countries surrounding Israel in 1967 and the sentiment was no different in 1947. As the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said was quoted by the head of Palestinian Youth organization, Hawri, as saying shortly before invading Israel in 1947;

“We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.” (Hawri, The Secret Behind the Disaster, 1952, Nazareth)

Both textbooks do admit that all the Arab countries then invaded the tiny new Jewish territory but talk little about how the original Palestinian refugee situation came into existence. Both textbooks steadfastly avoid giving any quotes by Arab leaders or even quoting British authorities of the time. That would be giving the students a glimpse of real history which is something both texts avoid like the plague. To do so would make the reason for the present Israeli-Palestinian conflict all too plain. By the way, the departing British gave all their gun emplacements and fortified ground to the Palestinian Arabs.

But how did the original refugee situation come to pass? Why did so many Arabs abandon their homes and lands and flee to other Arab countries when the British Mandate ended and the Balfour proclamation claimed the parts of the Palestinian Territory originally to be ceded to Israel?

At the end of the British Mandate, and in defiance of the idea that the Jewish people might actually form a small state in the Islamic mid-east, it was the Arab and Palestinian leaders who ordered all the Arab settlers to flee. They also threatened that all Arabs who remained would be treated as collaborators and killed. They assured the Palestinian settlers that it would only take a few days to annihilate the Jewish people and take a spoil of all the Jewish settlements. Actual newspaper clippings and statements from the Arab authorities, the British military and the surrounding Arab newspapers cast light on the 1948 exodus of arabs from their homes.

In fact, the Jewish settlers pleaded with the Arabs to stay on their land and promised no harm would come to them. But the Arab governments, and the Palestinian High Committee, indeed, every Arab authority, commanded the Palestinian Arabs to flee to other countries. In an article titled, “What we have Learned and What We Should Do”, in the official journal of the PLO called, Falastin eth-thawra, in March 1976, Abu Mazen wrote;

“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but instead, they abandoned them, and forced them to emigrate and leave their homeland…the Arab states succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people.”

Khaled al-Azm, Prime Minister of Syria in 1948 wrote in his memoirs;

“…since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. We have brought destruction upon a million Arab refugees by calling upon them and pleading with them to leave their land, their homes their work and businesses.” (Khaled as-Azm’s memoirs, Beirut 1973, part one, pp.386-387

Harry Stebbins an official in the British Mandatory Government in Palestine in 1948 wrote;

“Long before the end of the British mandate…all my Arab Palestinian staff of some 200 men and women and all of the 1800 man labor force had left Haifa in spite of every possible effort to assure them of their safety if they stayed. They all left for one or more of the following reasons:;

1) The Arab terrorism engendered by the November, 1947 UN partition resolution frightened them to the death of their imaginative souls and they feared Jewish retaliation.

2) (Arab) Propagandists promised a blood bath as soon as the mandate ended in which the streets of all the cities would run with blood.

3) The promised invasion of the foreign Arab armies (which started on May 14 with the Arab Legion massacre of some 200 Jewish settlers at Kfar Etzion) was preceded by extensive broadcasts from Cairo, Damascus, Ammon and Beirut to the effect that any Arabs who stayed would be hanged as collaborators with the Jews.” (Harry C. Stebbins, London Evening Standard, Jan 10, 1969)

 In September 6, 1949, in the Beirut Telegraph, Emile Ghoury, of the Palestinian Higher Committee said;

“The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish State.” Jamal Husseini, of the Palestinian Higher Committee told the Security Council on April 23, 1948;

“…we have never concealed the fact that we began the fighting.”

A British police report to Headquarters in Jerusalem noted that the Jews were making every effort to persuade the Arab settlers to stay and continue on with their lives. In Haifa, the Arab Nat’l Committee refused to sign a treaty with the Jewish representatives despite a passionate plea from the Jewish mayor of Haifa.

Unlike the panic stricken Arab settlers, the Jewish settlers refused to panic and run. In his memoirs, Khalid Azm also said;

“But the massacre at Kfar Etzion, the massacre of the (Jewish) hospital convoy…and the continued blasting and shelling of the Jewish settlements for over 20 years, has not caused one single Israeli to move away.” (Azm, ibid)

Did you catch that? For 20 years BEFORE the formation of the Jewish State, the Jews were being bombed and blasted by Arab armies and terrorists. Some things never change. So the unrest and violence in the mid-east was not caused by the formation of the Jewish Nation. The real reason is the Islamic Arab nations will never rest until, as Nasser said before the 1967 Six Day War, all the “Jews are driven into the sea”.

As the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Said was quoted by the head of Palestinian Youth organization, Hawri, as saying;

“We will smash the country with our guns and obliterate every place the Jews seek shelter in. The Arabs should conduct their wives and children to safe areas until the fighting has died down.” (Hawri, The Secret Behind the Disaster, 1952, Nazareth)

Or so they thought. The Jews remain, and even though all the nations of the world come against them, they will prevail. But don’t let the facts confuse you. If you want to practice the new anti-Semitism, which shows itself in anti-Israelism go ahead, go with the flow. But remember, /when things flow, they usually flow downhill.

‘’In those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.  There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.”  Joel 3:1-2

The God of Israel does not back away from his promises, and He is still on the throne, whether textbook anti-supernaturalism is willing to admit it or not.

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4 Responses to The Nation of Israel; Created by God or an Anomaly of U.N. Mandate?

  1. notmanynoble says:

    Great post. I had read about that action by the Presbyterian church, but wasn’t surprised as most are quite liberal now anyway with no commitment to Scripture. Very sad.

    Like

  2. Ruth Allan says:

    Wonderful treat to find your site. This reality needs to be shouted from the rooftops, especially the rooftop of the UN.
    Keep up the good work -you are an inspiration.

    Like

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