People Who Never Were
In his State of The Union
speech, President Bush included Hamas, Hizbullah and the Islamic
Jihad as part of the terrorist network, with whom the United
States is at war.
From the early 1970s until Rabin
and Arafat signed the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord, Arafat was
considered a terrorist. His PLO was on the US list of terrorist
nations or organizations. Why the change in 1993?
One of Israel's conditions
before even entering a peace process with Arafat was that Arafat
renounce terrorism. Arafat made this promise. But he broke it
again and again and again. Now in 2002 Arafat's terrorism is at an
all time high.
The US perspective began to
change after September 11. With the declaration of war on
terrorism, the US has been pressuring Arafat to not only stop
terrorism but to dismantle the terrorist organizations among the
Palestinians. Since Arafat's Palestinian Authority was caught
smuggling 50 tons of highly sophisticated weapons from the
terrorist state of Iran, the Pentagon wants the US to sever all
ties with Arafat.
But when the terrorism issue is
concluded, the US expects Israel and the Palestinians to return to
the peace negotiations. Secretary of State Colin Powell has stated
that he expects Israel to give all or most of the West Bank to the
Palestinians. Evidently Arab oil not historic-rights is the bottom
line of much Middle East policy. Not all of Israel's actions are
correct. We grieve for innocent Jews or Arabs who are killed. But
the Lord is angry with the nations who divide Israel's Land. Joel
Jews lived in their Land for
1700 years virtually uninterrupted. Then the Roman destruction of
their polity in AD 70 marked God's temporary rejection and
chastening. The Jewish population of over 3 million was decimated
by slaughter and expulsion. The Arabs conquered and dominated the
Land for over 300 years beginning in AD 640, yet the Jews remained
the largest minority.
The noted Arab historian Khaldun
(called one of the greatest historians of all time by Arnold
Toynbee) observed that as late as A.D. 1400 the Land still was
permeated with Jewish culture and customs. Nearly 300 years after
Arab rule ended, there was still no evidence of Palestinian roots
or established culture.
Thus an Arab historian, who
happens to be one of the greatest historians of all time,
demolished the claim that there is an uninterrupted Palestinian
culture dating back to AD 640.
James Parke's exhaustive work
WHOSE LAND observes, "It is not until the Turkish period, AD
1517-1917, that it [the Land God gave Israel] acquired a
substantial Arab population." How? By Arabs emigrating from
Arab nations into the Land, which then became utterly desolate.
Thus the claim of a thriving verdant Palestinian culture since AD
700 defies Scripture and history.
During these centuries the total
combined population of Moslems, Christians and Jews was less than
200,000. Compared, therefore, with the previous Jewish population
of over 3 million, the land did become relatively "desolate
of man and beast." Jeremiah 3:10 Notice, there was a
continual nucleus of Jews in the Land.
Why did the Land of Israel
become a barren wasteland? The pro-Arab British Palestine Royal
Commission in 1937 completely placed the blame on the destructive
life style of the Arabs who wandered in and out of the Land.
Who Are The Palestinians?
Ezekiel 36:1-12 predicted that
the "heathen (people) round about" the Land of Israel
would render it desolate. Who are the "people round
about?" Look at a map. Israel is a little island surrounded
by a sea of Arab nations. Arab people who immigrated to the Land
of Israel desolated the Land, fulfilling Ezekiel 36. The so-called
Palestinians are simply Arabs from Syria, Egypt, Iraq and other
Arab countries that immigrated to the Land.
How desolate did the land
become? In 1738 Thomas Shaw observed a land of "barrenness….
from want of inhabitants." In 1835 Alphonse de Lamartine
wrote, "Outside the city of Jerusalem, we saw no living
object, heard no living sound. . .a complete eternal silence
reigns in the town, in the highways, in the country . . . The tomb
of a whole people." In 1867 Mark Twain wrote, "Palestine
is desolate and unlovely. Over it broods the spell of a curse that
has withered its fields and fettered its energies…."
In 1857, the British consul in
Palestine, James Finn, reported, "The country is in a
considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its
greatest need is that of a body of population." What a
remarkable confirmation of the Biblical prediction that during
Israel's period of punishment and dispersion, the Lord would cause
the Land to become desolate of man and beast (Jeremiah 33:10). By
1857 it was just waiting for "a body of population!" In
the Lord's providence this needed body of population—the Jewish
people—began to return after 1878. God's favor was now
Verses 8-12 reveal the Jewish
people would return in mass and their Land would again return to
the fertility of old. But from 1878 onward, the influx of
"the people round about"—the Arabs—accelerated. Why?
The Jews returned to build an infrastructure for a new Jewish
State. This created jobs and the Arabs rushed in to take advantage
of the new economy.
Both British Prime Minister
MacDonald and President Roosevelt confirm this flood of Arab
immigration since 1918. In 1946 Bartley C. Crum, a United States
Government observer, noted that tens of thousands of Arabs had
entered Palestine "because of this better life—and they
were still coming." Some writers have claimed that 75 percent
of the Arab population were either immigrants or descendants of
immigrants into the Land after 1882.
Arabs in the Holy Land did not
adopt the Palestinian identity until the 1960s. They referred to
themselves as Southern Syrians. In 1956, Ahmed Shukairy, the first
head of the PLO observed to the Security Council, "It is
common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern
Syria." TIME magazine reported. "It was Arafat who made
the intellectual leap  to a definition of the Palestinians
as a distinct people; he articulated the cause, organized for it,
fought for it and brought it to the world's attention."
But God promised the Land to
Israel, not the so-call Palestinians. The Peace Process will end
in an Israeli-Arab war in which the Arabs will be decisively
defeated and Israel will acquire parts of Jordan and Southern
Lebanon. Isaiah 11:14; Zephaniah 2:4-12
The Problem—Arab Elitism
Saudi Arabia is in favor of the
war on terrorism but unhappy that the US is waging war against
Islamic Afghanistan with its large Arab population. In fact, many
wealthy Saudi princes have been financing Osama bin Laden and his
al-Qaeda terrorists. The Arab oil rich nations have warned Bush
not to attack Iraq in its war on terrorism. Why? Simply because
Iraq is Arab. Never mind Iraq's long record of terrorism. The
prison on the US Guantanamo Base, incarcerates Taliban and al-Qaeda
captives. Over 100 are Saudis. Saudi Arabia is demanding the
Saudis be turned over to them for trial. Some how it is demeaning
to the Arab world for Arabs with Islamic fervor to be judged by
non-Arabs. Some might say, infidels. Remember the terror attack on
the US military base in Saudi Arabia? Many US personnel were
killed. Saudi Arabia restricted the scope of US investigation so
that the Arab terrorists have never been apprehended.
Why do Saudi Arabia and the
other Arab countries back Arafat and his Palestinians? Even though
at times they might cringe at his extreme terrorism, the bottom
line is the Palestinians are Arabs—part of the Arab Elite.
There is a sharp disagreement
among non-Islamic writers and even Islamic clerics on the meaning
of the word Jihad in the Koran. One source of controversy is at
what point of events in his personal history did Mohammad write
and apply certain Jihad verses. But none can deny that the
military expansion of the Arab Empire was premised on Holy Jihad.
Now 10 prominent Islamic clerics
of differing theological backgrounds, including the Grand Mufti of
Saudi Arabia, have publicly declared that Arafat's terrorism
directed at civilians, including woman and children, is not Holy
One of these Islamic clerics,
Sheikh Professor Abdul Hadi Palazzi, in a video interview proves
that the designation "Palestinian people" is a political
deception and that Arafat's application of Holy Jihad to his
terrorist killing of civilians is a violation of the Koran.