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Why do Arabs want more of the Land of Israel?

WHATEVER THE NAME, THE AIM IS THE SAME . . . THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL!



FATAH — PLO — PFLP

DFLP — PFLP-GC

SAIKA — PLF


Israel is a democratic nation surrounded by 21 hostile Arab dictatorships. The Arab nations possess a territory 640 times larger than Israel, with a population 60 times larger than Israel, and with vast oil reserves. Israel has only 21 thousand square kilometers of territory compared to 13 million square kilometers possessed by the Arabs. How is it that Arab propaganda can call Israel "expansionist". How could any sane person believe such a claim?

Regardless of all attempts to erase the past, Arab intentions have never changed in respect to the Land of Israel. The record shows clearly that the current Arab leadership has no intentions of making peace with Israel. Their single goal continues to be the eradication of the "Zionist entity". All references to "Palestine" — as illustrated in the insignia at the left — portray the entire region as being under Arab control. There is no place for Israel in their current "Road Map".

"BUT: thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy G-d: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isa. 41:8-13


A Brief History of the Land of Israel

from 1917 to the present


1917-1923


From 1517 until 1917 the Ottoman Empire of Turkey controlled the territory which is today Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. After World War I, control of the southern part of the Ottoman Empire was "mandated". France and Britain divided the region into zones of influence. Syria and Lebanon were "mandated" to France while "Palestine" (Jordan and Israel) were "mandated" to Great Britain.

Under the terms of the Mandate, the principal obligations of Great Britain were to facilitate the implementation of the Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 which guaranteed "the establishment of a national homeland for the Jews." The blue region on the map at the left shows the territory that was originally to be given to the Jews. Though immensely larger than Israel of today, this region still represented less than one percent of the land allocated to the Arabs.

Efforts by the Jews to revitalize the land were so successful that the better living conditions attracted a large number of immigrants from the surrounding Arab regions. There were never any attempts by the Jews to "cleanse" the region of Arabs. On the contrary, those Arabs which emigrated to the Jewish zone lived together with the Jews.


1923-1947


In 1923 Great Britain divided "Palestine" into two administrative districts. The Jews were given access only to that part which was west of the Jordan River. In fact, Great Britain took away from the Jews 75 percent of the land that was originally promised to them — the entire region of "Transjordan" (which means "across the River Jordan").

In spite of this action, Transjordan remains part of the orginal mandate. In 1946 — after 24 years — Great Britain unilaterally accorded independence to Transjordan and thus created an independent Palestinian State.

Encouraged by growing nationalism from Middle-Eastern Arabs, criminal attacks against Jews increased and culminated in the Hebron massacre in 1929. Later came the "Arab revolts" of 1936-1939. Great Britain, influenced by the discovery of vast oil reserves in the Arab territories, closed their eyes to these atrocities. The Jews began to defend themselves and formed the first defense organization — Hagana — to fight against the Arab Palestinians. Finally the question was put before the United Nations by Great Britain.


1947-1949


On November 29, 1947 the United Nations voted by a two-thirds majority to divide Western Palestine into two parts: A Jewish Palestinian state and a second Arab Palestinian state (The first Arab Palestinian state being Jordan).

The Jews were given those portions shown on the map (left) in light blue. The Arabs were given those portions in red, in addition to the area in pink that had previously been taken away from the Jews to form the State of Transjordan. More than 75% of the land offered to the Jews was harsh desert. Nevertheless, they accepted the plan. The Arabs, intending to put a stop to any Jewish entity in Palestine, rejected the proposal.



War of Independence


On May 14, 1948 the Jews of Palestine declared the birth of the independent State of Israel. In the following days the armies of seven Arab neighbors (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lybia, Saudi-Arabia, Iraq and Yemen) invaded Israel (see the map at the left of this section). The Secretary of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, declared a "Jihad" (holy war). The Mufti of Jerusalem said: "We have declared a holy war my Moslem brothers! Kill the Jews! Kill them all!" A majority of the Arabs living in the newly declared State of Israel left the land with the thought that an easy victory was assured by the Arab war machine, and that they would return to possess the property of the Jews after they were all killed.

In spite of tremendous odds, and great losses, Israel survived and defeated the combined armies of the Arabs. In 1949 an armistice was signed with Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Transjordan. Transjordan annexed Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and then changed their name to Jordan, giving Jordanian citizenship to all the Arab Palestinians in the annexed regions.

This area became a launching-pad for constant terrorist attacks on the Israeli civilian population.


1949-1967


Between the years 1949 and 1967, when the entire regions of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip were under Arab control (Egypt and Jordan), no effort was made to establish a second Arab Palestinian state for the Arabs living in that region. Isn't it curious that Arafat and the PLO (formed in 1964) discovered their "ancient" identity and the need for "self-determination" and "human dignity" in this same Judea-Samaria and Gaza only after Israel had regained this territory?

The PLO was formed for the destruction of the State of Israel, and that is still their main objective. But the G-d of Israel will NEVER permit this to happen!


1967 / 1973


In the early months of 1967, Israel's Arab neighbors began massive troop deployments along her borders, setting up military posts all around Israel, and forming a "mutual defense pact" against Israel.

On June 5, Israel decided to launch a pre-emptive strike against Egypt. Jordan responded with artillery attacks, but on June 8 Israel defeated the Jordanians. On June 9 Israel attacked the Syrians on the Golan Heights who were mounting heavy artillery bombardments on the northern territory of Israel. In six days Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.

Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in 1982.


The Future

Israel's future is as bright as the promises of G-d. Her past has been anything but peaceful, but the difficult path she has trod is only a preparation for her grand and glorious work of the future: Messiah's Kingdom of Peace. All those who, in the faith of Abraham, have fought and died for Israel in the past will be brought back "...to their own border..." (Jer. 31:17) to have a part as the "seed of Abraham" which is to bless "...all the families of the earth..." (Gen. 22:17,18). We continue to wait and pray for that glorious day!

Thus saith the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; Lev. 25:23

Feed thy people ... the flock of thine heritage, which dwell ... in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. Micah 7:14

Then shall they know that I am their G-d, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord G-D. Ezek. 39:28-29