This is not a religious article with any intent of preaching or converting anyone, it is a declaration of unusual and genuine facts that have been recorded over three thousand years ago and continue to provoke thought, dialogue, and reflection to the present day.
On the eve of the holiday of Passover, Jews throughout the world celebrate their freedom from Egyptian bondage when God miraculously delivered them from Egypt. This special moment in the history of God’s people defied all odds; on this special occasion, it is also worth mentioning another issue that many people seem to overlook. What I am referring to is why the Land of Israel could never be shared with another entity. For two thousand years before the State of Israel was created in 1948, the Land of Israel was completely bare. Ironically, geographically, Israel is located at the intersection of three continents: Asia, Europe and Africa. In fact, this piece of real estate is situated at the center of the Fertile Crescent! During the two thousand years of Israel’s exile from its Land, numerous empires conquered the Land and yet, surprisingly, no conqueror or foreign entity succeeded in annexing this land to his borders, settling the land or made this Land to bloom. This particular instance has, in fact, been recorded in the Holy Scriptures, over 3,500 years ago! “I shall make the land a desolate waste…” (Ezekiel 33:28); “and I will turn Jerusalem into a heap of ruins…” (Jeremiah 9:10); “So devastated will I leave the land that your very enemies will stand aghast at the site of it” (Leviticus 26:32). Even Mark Twain who visited the Land in 1867 exclaimed “Jerusalem is mournful, dreary and lifeless… I would not desire to live here… Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes…”
Since the return of the Jews in Diaspora to the Land of Israel in May 15, 1948, also recorded in the Torah (Deuteronomy 30:3), the ancient Hebrew language has been revived (Zephaniah 3:8), and the restoration of the agriculture and of the trees and forests of Israel has been another remarkable miracle (Isaiah 26:6). Now that this land is flourishing, the Arab enemies want Jews decimated, and claim possession of the entire land for them. They proclaim throughout the world, and it has been echoed by the U.N. and the world community in general, including the leftist leaders of Israel, that Israel is an “occupier” when this so-called occupation was forced upon Israel by several Arab wars of annihilation. In addition, the proposal for the partition of the land in 1947 was negated by the Arab League and was followed by military attacks in 1948 against the newborn Jewish state. This initial miracle in 1948 prevented another Arab sovereign state to be created within the Land of Israel, and for the Jewish people to survive the onslaught of five more powerful Arab armies. The next miracle was the 1967 defensive war which returned to the Jewish people the historic Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza. In the history of ground warfare, it has been proclaimed worldwide, there may be no more unusual victory than the one that was fought by the Israeli army in 1967 which came to be known as the Six Day War (7th day is day of rest).
Since then, Israel has been pressured ad nauseam to return all the land conquered in defensive wars to a fictitious entity called “Palestinians.” Starting with Arafat who turned down Ehud Barak’s genuinely super generous offer of 91% of land – Was Arafat’s heart hardened as with the historical Pharaoh during the 10 plagues in Egypt? No Palestinian state was also agreed upon with 11 additional peace initiatives, culminating with the latest incredible offer by the late Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to President Abbas that nearly met all Arab demands (was Abbas’ heart also hardened?). Withdrawing from land such as in Gaza and Lebanon has also alerted Jews that moves such as these only create terrorism and mayhem for Israel such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Presently, the ‘Palestinians’ want to force the issue by unilaterally claiming a Palestinian state in the pre-1967 borders (also called the Auschwitz borders). But this initiative, if we follow the biblical historical pattern, will also fail miserably.
For 2,000 years, when the Land of Israel was empty and the Jewish people lived in the Diaspora, no major power could settle the land or claim it. Now, in spite of the long list of peace initiatives, no Palestinian state has been created “to live in peace and security alongside Israel.” If it did not happen then when the land was free for the taking, it will never happen now. It is the Jews, not the Arabs who have been in the land since time Immemorial and is their biblical inheritance. The 3,500 year old scriptures have accurately predicted the fate of Jews and of the Land of Israel. A higher power is watching over the Land of Israel to make sure that Jews will be the sole inheritors of this Land “… And the Lord your God shall bring you into the land that your fathers inherited…” (Deuteronomy 30:3).