The Facts About Palestine

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Who is the rightful owner of the most contested piece of real estate in the world? Everyone seems to have an answer to this question that has captured the world’s attention. The Bible prophesies a time when the nation of Israel and Jerusalem in particular, will be a burdensome stone to the nations of the earth. In light of recent political events, I believe we are seeing the beginnings of what Zechariah wrote about almost 2,600 years ago. The media, politicians, and pop culture have made the Jews out to be the ‘problem’……again. This is because many choose to believe a popular lie and ignore the facts about Palestine.

Zechariah 12:3   And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

When you reduce the Israeli-Palestinian issue down to the ridiculous, you will find it’s root cause. The cause is the lie about ownership and what I will call “the Palestinian lie” in particular.

The premise of the Palestinian lie is quite simple: Tell a lie often enough and people will believe it. That strategy has worked……and worked so well that it is hard to find a person who will ask three fundamental questions:

Who are the Palestinian people, where did they originate from, and do they have a legitimate claim to the holy land?

Before we dive deeper into this article I want to make an important point. This article is not meant to vilify the so called Palestinian people. The point of this article is to focus on the lie that has made the situation in the Middle East go from bad to worse and how it will ultimately be used as fuel to turn the all nations against Israel. As you read on please understand this: God sent His Son to die for the sins of all people, Jew and gentile alike. God loves the Arab people at the center of this land dispute as well.

It is the prayer and hope of this ministry that many Arab people will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and to that end, we provide evangelistic resources in many languages including Arabic.

The Palestinian lie is quite simple: Society is continually repeating the lie that there is in fact…a Palestinian people. How do you refute a lie? You confront it with truth. Not just one individual’s version of the truth, but truth rooted in historical, documented, and verifiable facts. In consideration of our reader’s time, my intent isn’t to write a doctoral dissertation about who the holy land belongs to, because that subject could fill volumes. I encourage you to do some self study and examine the facts for yourself and come to a logical conclusion. I do want to briefly mention a few historical and biblical facts that will answer the three fundamental questions. 

Who are the “Palestinian” people?

The terms Palestine and Palestinian have origins dating back to the second century AD. It is a well documented historical record and matter of fact that the Roman Empire and it’s ruler Hadrian wanted to get rid of all Jewish identity in the region. He used the name of Israel’s ancient foes…the Philistines and renamed the land Palaestina. The Philistines were located to the north of Israel in modern coastal Lebanon and parts of Syria. The term Palestine was rarely used until Israel declared her Independence in 1948. The term “Palestinian” wasn’t widely used until the 1960s and 1970s. Yasser Arafat, a well known terrorist….was the chairman of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and his goal was to legitimize a people and cause that have no historic precedent. The PLO seeks to liberate “Palestine” through armed struggle. Since 1994, the PA (Palestinian Authority) has been the governing body of the so called “Palestinian” people.

Where did the “Palestinians” originate from?

Throughout history, there has never been a “Palestinian” people as a distinct group. This is a fabrication of terms used by Arabs to identify the people who occupy the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and other parts of Israel. These people are Arabs from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and surrounding countries. The Arabs in the disputed areas can trace their recent history to Israel’s neighboring countries. While it’s true that Arab children are born in these disputed territories, they are Arabs who live in Israel, not “Palestinians” who live in occupied territory.

Do the so called “Palestinian” people have a legitimate claim to the holy land?

The short answer is no. To have a legitimate claim you must have historical precedent and there was never a Palestinian people in the land of Israel. Here is the problem: Let’s go back to our original point about legitimacy……if you tell a lie often enough, people will believe it.

People and organizations such as the late Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, Tony Blair, the European Union, and the UN are promoting a distorted view of history and holding negotiations based on a false supposition that Arabs (with no historical claim) ,deserve land that rightly belongs to the Jews. To make matters worse, people such as Rick Warren, Gary Burge of Wheaton College, and Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek church are seeking to legitimize the “Palestinian” cause under the banner of evangelical Christianity.

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - JUNE 08: Pope Francis (L) meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a peace invocation prayer at the Vatican Gardens on June 8, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the encounter on May 25th during his brief but intense visit to the Holy Land. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

 

Just this week, Pope Francis made a very unfortunate move by officially signing a treaty recognizing Palestinian statehood that should be approved by the Vatican in short order. There are also reports that the Pope referred to Mahmoud Abbas as an “Angel of peace.” The statement is still being questioned and verified by media outlets, so we will not offer commentary based on that. The fact is, when the Pope, who is a global figure makes a treaty with an illegitimate group like the so called “Palestinians”, they gain instant credibility in millions of minds….regardless of the facts. Add to this the social media frenzy and down right antisemitic actions of many on America’s university campuses…..you have a cause based on nothing but lies. Click here to see just one of many reports about Pope Francis and his recognition of a Palestinian state.

The Arabs in Israel are treated fairly and Arab laborers flock to work in Israeli factories instead of those in the West Bank where wages are sometimes double that of Arab employers. Arab citizens in Israel enjoy modern amenities and a stable government. Compare that with the poor living conditions in Baghdad, Damascus, or Cairo and there is simply no comparison.

The governing bodies of Hamas and the PA take western aid money meant to help improve the lives of the so called “Palestinian” people. Much of the money ends up lining the pockets of the governing officials and used to procure weapons that are used to wage jihad on the citizens and population centers of Israel. The Hamas thugs routinely place their weapons of war near playgrounds, mosques, and homes of civilians. These actions are indicative of the mindset of the entities Israel is forced to go to the bargaining table with…..groups calling for the destruction of Israel.idf-gaza-hamas-civilian

Regarding a two state solution: Israel has put numerous offers on the table and they have been soundly rejected by the PLA. Land for peace simply will not work because ultimately Abbas and Hamas don’t want a two state solution. Their goal is complete control and domination with Jerusalem as their capital.

What about Jewish history in the land?

Again, I could write literal volumes on the distinctly Jewish history of the land and the fact that even before the time of Moses…….God made a promise to Abraham. For our purposes….we will summarize:

God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants.

Genesis 15:18   On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”

Exodus 6:7    I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the LORD.”

2 Samuel 7:10    And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly…

There has been a continuous Jewish presence in the holy land for over 3,500 years……that predates Islam by 2,000 years. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible at least 806 times. The Koran mentions the word Jerusalem O times. For Jerusalem to be called the third holiest city in Islam is simply a modern fabrication to attempt to legitimize a claim with no historical evidence to back it up. During the Ottoman rule in the area…..Jerusalem was in a state of decay. It is true…..after the Bar Kokhba Revolt in 132 AD., there was a minimal Jewish presence in the land, but a small number of Jews managed to stay in Israel. Small Jewish communities existed in Ein Gedi and the Golan area through the middle ages.

The political powers of today seem bent on dividing up God’s covenant land. The Bible has repeated warnings about the days ahead when nations attempt to undo what God has done.

Joel 3:1  “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.

Genesis 12:1   Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Unlike political agreements and the promises of man…….God’s word is always true and his covenants are as sure as His holy name. It has become clear that the European Union, UN, and unfortunately the US are exerting tremendous pressure on the Israeli’s to give up their land. Combine the hostile political climate, the Pope’s stand for “Palestine”, the calls for Israel’s destruction, the antisemitism on college campuses, and the brainwashing of biblically ignorant evangelicals by many social gospel leaders and you have the perfect storm. It’s not hard to see in the not too distant future that:  “all nations will gather against Israel.”wide_pana

 

Friends, when you see the hate filled, ignorant, lopsided, anti Israel  anti Jewish propaganda……understand where it originates from. Satan hates Israel, it’s people, and it’s God. The prophets, the Bible, the apostles, and the early church all started right there. The gospel has gone out from there. It started with the great commission at the Mt. of Olives and will crescendo right up to 144,000 Jewish evangelists proclaiming salvation through Jesus during Daniel’s 70th week. Men including  Pharoah, Haman, Hitler, and the coming antichrist have attempted or will attempt to put an end to God’s promises. The Bible tells us who will have the ultimate victory….the Lord of course.

So what do Christians do now?

Understand that the political turmoil in the Middle East is simply an indicator of the nearness of the Lord’s return. We should see the Israeli-Palestinian issue for what it is: An attempt to undermine what God has done. We can choose not to remain silent despite the onslaught of anti-Jewish rhetoric from the divestment and social gospel crowd.

We should reach out in love to Arab people and be a bold witness for the gospel of Christ. I believe Christians should stand with Israel and we can do that while we show compassion and love to both Jews and Arabs. It may not be politically correct to stand in solidarity with Israel, but history will prove it’s the right thing to do.

I find is very sad and frankly unconscionable that the Jews have been chased around the globe for much of the last 2,000 years via pogroms, expulsions, and persecution….only to come back to their rightful homeland and much of the world still wants them out.

When we examine the evidence and look at the facts about Palestine, we must come to the conclusion that:  there was never a Palestine or a Palestinian people.

The bottom line is this: This lie about a Palestinian people seems to be one of the issues that galvanize world opinion and will ultimately make Jerusalem and burdensome stone and a cup of trembling. The whole world seems to be calling for the diminishing of Jews from the promised land and promoting of the Arabs as the rightful owners. We are seeing the beginnings of the end times. No one knows the day or hour of the Lord’s return, but we seem to be closer than ever.

All for Him,

Howard

 

About Howard Green
Howard uses end time Bible Prophecy to proclaim the gospel and to exhort believers. He focuses on end time prophecy because it points to repentance, salvation, and holy living through Jesus. 2 Peter 3:11 What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God...
  • Wesley…thanks for your comment. Correct…the Philistines did live in the coastal areas of Gaza and their area of influence continued up the Mediterranean coast to near modern Sidon.
    Correct sir, it would be a lie if I wrote that the term Palestine was (never) used prior to 1948….which is why I used the term (rarely).
    The holy land is full of 3,500 years of Jewish history dating hundreds of years prior to the 1st temple being destroyed in 586BC. Here’s the thing Wesley, I have compassion for the Arabs in Israel because God loves them just as He loves gentiles, and Jews. These Arabs are living in the bright spot in the Middle East…surrounded by a sea of despots, dictators, and murderous groups like ISIS who murder fellow Arabs. Israel is the 1 place in the region where they are treated like people, not like pawns as is the case in surrounding countries.
    I cannot convince you that the land rightly belongs to the Jews, but I hope you will objectively weigh the overwhelming evidence.

    The Jews were expelled in 586BC, in 70AD, and again in 135AD. Most had to leave their ancient homeland God gave Abraham, Moses, David, etc…and be scattered just as it was prophesied in the word of God.
    These dear people were chased all over Europe throughout the middle ages, endured persecution in Spain, and saw hundreds of pogroms in Russia, Poland, and E. Europe over the past 500 years. The last century saw the worst slaughter imaginable via Hitler’s death camps and willing accomplices in the region.
    There are antisemitic attacks taking place in increasing numbers throughout Europe and it continues to worsen. Just this past year…the numbers have spiked.
    Providentially and miraculously….they re-gather in their ancient homeland after nearly 1,900 years and the day they dedicate the State of Israel…they are attacked. Finally, Jews have a safe haven and a place to call their home. In centuries past and in lands all over the world, the shout was, “Get out Jews.” Now that they are safe in their homeland, most of the world via the UN, EU, and scores of nations are shouting even louder…….get out Jews!

    My simple question is an appeal to heart and conscience of decent people: Get out to where?
    I hope when you and others read the Bible and non-revisionist accurate historical evidence, you will come to the logical conclusion, The Jews need a safe haven and homeland, their ancient homeland….Israel.
    Take care,
    Howard

    • estaben

      Excellent response Sir to Mr Wesley. I find that Folks that listen to the Palestinian cause are bereft of the documented data of(for) the Hebrews(Jews). So to hear the current talk of a Palestinian State they have this skewed view of what’s fair for the Palestinians. You sir Howard have made it very clear that the Palestinians are Arabs that have come from somewhere, i.e. Egypt, Iraq, Syria, to name a few….

      • Wesley

        the Hebrews from the Old Testament originally migrated from elsewhere like Egypt in the Exodus. Abraham was from Ur which was located in what is modern-day Iraq. migration has always been part of human history. the Western European nations developed from the migration of different tribes from Northern Europe. Rome itself was founded by two migrate brothers who were from the Greek colony Illion, who migrated there from the Greek peninsula. most American not only from the United States, but both continants, migrated from elsewhere mostly Western Europe. the claim that the Jews have the sole right to the land of Palestine is unwarranted and demonic for not even ancient Israel was a single ethnic group but a nation of built on the Hebrew religion for Egyptian were part of ancient Israel. so were Canaanites and Moabites like Ruth.

        • estaben

          So……what is your point?

  • Wesley

    what a piece of Zionist propaganda. first off the Philistines lived in the area of Gaza. second most Palestinians have lived in the land so long they lost the cultural identity to any other group other than other Palestinians. third the claim they have no legitimate claim to the land is like saying that the Native Americans had to legitimate claim to America while the jews who are migrating to the land and forcefully stealing property that belonged to another without compensation. at least the American government bought the land from the Native Americans even though they paid pennies for what the land was worth. as for the outright lie about the term Palestine was never used prior to 1948 for every treaty dealing with the creation of a jewish state called the land Palestine. in fact Israel proper, the territory excluding Gaza, West Bank and Golan Heights, is still a large area than first agreed upon for the creation of a jewish state in the land of Palestine. true is the the zionist armies took advantage of the Arab invasion of the land to steal more land from the Palestinian people under the guise of defending herself. today the IDF does not even live by her own rules of engagement charter from the beginning.

    • Ryan Victor

      Hi Wesley
      Can you support your argument in terms of biblical facts. I ultimately believe in God and the Bible. The Bible states that the land belongs to the Jews. So where does palestine enter the picture?
      Just trying to understand the whole situation. Thanks.

      • Wesley

        the law of Moses in Deuteronomy Moses tells the Israelites that if the fail to follow the commandments of the Lord that the Land will vomit them out just like it was about to do the Canaanites. is the modern state of Israel following the law of Moses? definate NO! for tax dollars are going to fund abortion on demand for just about every age of women minus no more then five year period and there is a push to make for all ages no matter what. they have the largest gay pride festivals in the world. plan b over the counter for all ages here in American was pushed for by the drug’s Israeli manufacturer. the law forbids the stealing of land or even moving boundary markers. the entire “security wall” is not even on the pre-1967 border. they continue to build illegal by international law Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Israel building settlements in the West Bank would be like El Paso building in the Mexican side of the border then declaring it part of the United States.

        • estaben

          Wesley, Zionist propaganda…? Go read what’s documented and not what you want to hear. Zechariah 12:3 is hastening…. JERUSALEM will never be divided. Not now, not ever! Howard gave an excellent, lucid, succinct, verifiable, treatise on the Palestinian propaganda.

          • Wesley

            i would recommend reading the context of the prophecy again for the invaders were on horseback. when was the last time an army rode horseback or even chariots? before World War II the latest. Jerusalem was clearly divided from 1948-1967 between the Israel and Jordan. i still have yet to find a prophecy about the return of the sheckle as a currency. i love the supposed rebirth of the hebrew language in Zephaniah for he just says that God will clean up the language. i guess you could make the claim that it is talking about a common language for communication, but Aramaic was the middle eastern common language not hebrew. Koine Greek was the common language of the Roman Empire. Latin was the official language of the western church. since the reformation the western nations have had a common language thanks to the Bible being translated into the vernacular.

            • estaben

              Sir….just go read the documented story of Israel and stop all your foolish soliloquies on the subject. Islam gets its history from the timeline of the Hebrews.

        • Darleen Smith

          Oh you are good. You speak of what Israel is doing wrong and a pre 1967 border. You would have the Israelis give their land to the fake Palestinians and just go with the lies that are spoken so often. I pray for people like you that do not believe in the creator God or the words He had man write for His people to learn about Him. God made a covenant with the people of Israel with no statement of taking the land from them or with any stimulation that they as a people needed to do to continue to live in the land given them by God. You would have them give all away simply because you are not able to see truth when it stares you in the face. Good luck when you see Christ upon your death because you are spreading lies to whomever is ignorant enough to listen to people as you.