Shmuel Neumann, Ph.D.
After the Bible defines the borders of the Holy Land in the end
of Numbers (33), the Bible explicitly forbids making a peace
treaty with the indigenous population. The punishment for
ignoring this commandment is also spelled out. The peace
partners will be "pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides,
and they will distress you on the land in which you are
dwelling, and it will come to pass, that as I thought to do to
them I will do to you." (Numbers, 33:55-56).
The Jews were thereafter commanded to keep the Holy Land for the
Holy People and after the subdivision of the Holy Land to the
families entering it, it was ordered to be an everlasting
possession that may never be permanently sold, but only leased
for a maximum of 49 years. On the Jubilee year, it must return
to the owner.
Neither, Joshua or King David fulfilled the biblical commandment
of cleansing the land of non-believing gentiles. As a result,
what the Jews were supposed to do to the indigenous population
was done to the Jews. They suffered expulsion after expulsion,
genocide after genocide. There were more than 25 million Jews
killed in the Babylonian and the Roman invasion. The six million
in our times was not the first holocaust. The exile did not
change the biblical imperative. It, in fact, validated the
prediction of the Bible.
In our time, the forbidden peace treaty with the indigenous
population triggered the intifada in which over a thousand Jews
were killed throughout the length and breadth of the Holy Land.
Not only does the current government continue to commit the sin
of the Roadmap, a policy that is a patent violation of biblical
imperatives, but even worse, it plans to withdraw from Gaza and
parts of Samaria, the ludicrous "disengagement plan" and
forcibly evict all Jews, whether Israeli or American.
The Jews have sinned and are punished as preordained.
But, America will also be punished as preordained. Joel said it
better that I can. "I will gather all the nations, and bring
them down into the valley of Jehoshafat (east of Jerusalem).
Then I will enter into judgment with them there...on behalf of My
people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the
nations; and they have divided up My land" (Joel 3:2).
Dividing Up God's Land
Strange as it may sound, the creator of the universe has laid
claim to the land of Israel for Himself!
The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land
is Mine. (Leviticus 25:23).
They will not remain in the Lord's land... (Hosea 9:3).
What's more, God made His land part of the everlasting covenant
with Abraham's descendants. It is true that 400 years later, God
gave the Israelites conditions for continuing to enjoy His land
(the terms of the Sinai Covenant), but the right to possess it
was always theirs by covenant. The banishment for breaking the
Sinai Covenant ended May 14, 1948. Since then, Israel has had
God's complete blessing to possess His land. The judgment
whereby they were banished for breaking the covenant has been
completed. In the same way a convict may return to society upon
completion of his sentence, Abraham's descendants were allowed
to return to their Land.
From God's point of view the Jews now have every right to
possess the Land in its entirety. Their right to the land is
unconditional. God gave the Land as an everlasting possession
to the descendants of Abraham. That includes the disputed West Bank
and Golan Heights. It also includes Lebanon and parts of Syria
Some maintain that the Palestinian Arabs have a right to the
Land because they've been there longer. This argument may wash
in the United Nations, but it is meaningless with the Lord God.
From His point of view, Israel's claim can never be revoked;
after all, it is guaranteed by His own word.
Land for Peace
Our President and Secretary of State are now preoccupied with
bringing about a lasting peace in the Middle East. Regrettably
their solution is for Israel to give up land in exchange for
peace. Ironically, the prime architects of this plan, Bush and
Baker, are both Christians, but their actions show they didn't
understand God's position. You see, there is no Palestinian
question in His mind! Listen to what Ezekiel prophesied about
the fate of those who usurp God's Land:
Because you have said, "These two nations [Israel and Judah] and
these two lands will be mine, and we will possess them"
although the Lord was there, "Therefore as I live," declares the
Lord God, "I will deal with you according to your anger and
according to your envy which you showed because of your hatred
against them; so I will make Myself known among them when I
judge you" (Ezekiel 35:10-11).
Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest
of the nations, and against all Edom [read Palestinians], who
appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with
whole-hearted joy and with scorn of soul... (Ezekiel 36:5).
Could God's position be more plain? He will repay the usurpers
of His Land with the same animosity and hatred they have shown
toward the Jews. As you rejoiced over the house of Israel
because it was desolate, so I [God] will do to you. You will be
a DESOLATION, O Mount Sier, and all Edom, all of it (Ezekiel 34:15).
Getting back to Joel's prophecy, is there any doubt that "land
for peace" falls into the category of "dividing up of God's
The United States, European Union, United Nations all want an
expulsion of the Jews from half of biblical Israel and are all
part of dividing the Holy Land. Though no nation stands with
Israel, she is not alone. For "the Lord will go forth and fight
against those nations," and He will bring all the holy ones (the
saints) with Him. The Bible graphically depicts the fate of
those who go to war over Jerusalem (at Armageddon).
Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all
the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh
will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot
in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouth. And
it will come about in that day that a great panic from the Lord
will fall on them; and they will seize one another's hand, and
the hand of one will be lifted against the hand of another
Sounds like a nuclear, chemical or maybe biological terrorist
attack, doesn't it?
Vigorously stop Bush and overzealous State Department for your
own sakes. The Lord's judgment is exacting.
Shmuel Neumann, Ph.D., is actively involved in creating
communities for English-speaking Jewish immigrants and in an
emigration program for Palestinians. He currently resides in the
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.