"They Shall Say Peace, Peace
When There Is No Peace"
For nine days world attention focused on the
Wye Plantation peace negotiations. Why? In the eyes of the world
powers, a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza is a must.
Why? Is it because of Palestinian rights? Not really. The issue is
not moral, as the public is led to believe, but pragmatic. Plain
and simple, without Arab oil, the world economy would collapse.
When Prime Minister Netanyahu
returned to Israel, he told the "right wing" leaders
that he was subjected to incredible pressure to compromise and
that he acquired the best deal possible under this pressure.
President Clinton spent marathon hours pressuring, pressuring,
pressuring Netanyahu. Wye was but another step towards-what
Hillary Clinton has publicly declared as a right of the
Palestinians-a Palestinian state.
There is something world leaders
have overlooked. The Land is not theirs to parcel out. Nor does it
belong to the Palestinians. It belongs to God and He has promised
it to Israel. This peace will not last because God is angry with
the nations for partitioning "His land." (Joel 3:1-3)
The boundaries of the Land of Israel were set in God's promise of
Genesis 15:18-20. In God's due time Israel will possess all of it.
Palestinian rights ???
PLO Chairman Yassir Arafat in
his speech before the U.N. in 1974 declared, "The Jewish
invasion began in 1881 . . . Palestine was then a verdant area,
inhabited mainly by an Arab people in the course of building its
life and dynamically enriching its indigenous culture."
What happens when this claim is
compared with the personal observations of the following
recognized authorities? In 1738 Thomas Shaw observed a land of
"barrenness…. from want of inhabitants." In 1785
Constantine Francois de Volney recorded the population of the
three main cities. Jerusalem had a population of 12,000 to 14,000.
Bethlehem had about 600 able-bodied men. Hebron had 800 to 900
men. 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 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." This historic
observation is a remarkable confirmation of the Biblical
predictions that during Israel's period of time of punishment and
dispersion, the Lord would cause the Land to become desolate of
man and beast (Jeremiah 33:10; Zechariah 10:12; Jeremiah
16:14-18). No wonder 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 at the end
of their Scriptural period of God's disfavor.
The most popular quote on the
desolation of the Land is from Mark Twain's THE INNOCENTS ABROAD
(1867), "Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it
broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and
fettered its energies….Palestine is desolate and unlovely…. It
is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land."
The records of history confirm
the Biblical predictions that during the Jewish dispersion and
period of God's disfavor, the Land of Israel would become desolate
awaiting the return of the Jewish people when its period of
disfavor ended in 1878. The records of history simply do not
confirm today's Palestinian claim of Palestinian roots and culture
in a "verdant area" since the Arab rule of the land
Southern Syria vs. "Palestine"
Until the 1960s the Arabs in the
Land called themselves Southern Syrians and clamored that the Land
become a part of a "Greater Syria." This "Arab
Nation" would include Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Transjordan as
well as Palestine. An observation in TIME magazine well
articulated how the Palestinian identity was born so belatedly in
Golda Meir once argued that
there was no such thing as a Palestinian; at the time, she wasn't
entirely wrong. Before Arafat began his proselytizing, most of the
Arabs from the territory of Palestine thought of themselves as
members of an all-embracing Arab nation. 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. . . .
If there was an Arab Palestinian
culture, a normal population increase over the centuries would
have been expected. But with the exception of a relatively few
families, the Arabs had no attachment to the Land. If Arabs from
Syria or other Arab lands drifted into Palestine for economic
reasons, within a generation or so the cultural tug would pull
them back. This is why the Arab population average remained low
until the influx of Jewish financial investments and Jewish people
in the late 1800s made the Land economically attractive. Then
sometime between 1850 and 1918, the Arab population shot up to
560,000. Not to absolve the Jews but to defend British policy, the
not over friendly British secretary of state for the colonies,
Malcolm MacDonald, declared in the House of Commons (November 24,
1938), "The Arabs cannot say that the Jews are driving them
out of the country. If not a single Jew had come to Palestine
after 1918, I believe the Arab population of Palestine would still
have been around 600,000. . ."
Jewish contributions and Jewish
immigration continued to flow into the Land. The Jews created
industry, agriculture, hospitals-a complete socio-economic
infrastructure. As job opportunities increased, so did Arab
immigration. In fact, in 1939 President Roosevelt observed that
"Arab immigration into Palestine since 1921 has vastly
exceeded the total Jewish immigration during this whole
period." For one specific example, in 1934 between 30,000 and
36,000 Arabs from the Hauran Province in Syria left for "the
better life" in Palestine.
On the other hand, Great
Britain's White Paper of 1939 closed the doors of Jewish
immigration to their Land. Simultaneously, there was a large-scale
Arab immigration to the new Land of opportunity during World War
II. 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
The Testimony of Arabs
Because Arabs until the 1960s
spoke of Palestine as Southern Syria or part of Greater Syria, the
General Syrian Congress stated in 1919, "We ask that there
should be no separation of the southern part of Syria, known as
Palestine." George Antonius noted the Arab view of Palestine
The representative Arab view was
substantially that which King Husain [Grand Sherif of Mecca, the
great grandfather of the current King Hussein of Jordan] had
expressed to the British Government. . . in January 1918. In the
Arab view, Palestine was an Arab territory forming an integral
part of Syria.
As late as May 1947, Arab
representatives reminded the United Nations in a formal statement,
"Palestine is a…part of the Province of Syria….Politically,
the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of
forming a separate political entity."
On May 31, 1956, Ahmed Shukairy
had no hesitation, as current head of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, in announcing to the Security Council the
observation, "It is common knowledge that Palestine is
nothing but southern Syria."
Syrian President Hafez Assad
once told PLO leader Yassir Arafat:
You do not represent Palestine
as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such
thing as a Palestinian People, there is no Palestinian entity,
there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian
people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is
we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of
the Palestinian people.
In the words of the late
military commander of the PLO as well as member of the PLO
Executive Council, Zuhair Muhsin:
There are no differences between
Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of
one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully
underline our Palestinian identity….yes, the existence of a
separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes. The
founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing
battle against Israel [emphasis ours].
These testimonies confirm the
Christian Scriptures that God gave the Land to the Jewish people
as an everlasting possession. The relatively few Arabs who
wandered into the Land between A.D. 670-1878 were but temporary
As observed by Ernst
Frankenstein, substantial Arab immigration was a recent
The early "lovers of
Zion" began the stimulation of Arab immigration. Some writers
have come out with the conclusion that in 1942, 75 percent of the
Arab population were either immigrants or descendants of
immigrants into Palestine during the preceding one hundred years,
mainly after 1882.
The Verdict Of History: Land Rights
Indeed, the verdict of history
confirms the Prophets. The population of the Land of Israel would
be minimal until the period of Israel's disfavor ended in 1878
when the regathering of the Jewish exiles began (Jeremiah 33:10;
Zechariah 9:12 and Jeremiah 16:14-18). The record of history
testifies that the great influx of Arabs also began after that
date. These facts of history explain why the United Nations needed
to develop a definition that a "Palestinian Refugee" is
any Arab who had been in "Palestine" for only two years.
Arafat's demand for a
Palestinian state contradicts his own bible, the Muslim Koran,
which teaches that the Jewish people were given the Land of Israel
by God's decree and that they would return and resettle their
ancient Jewish homeland in the latter days. Send for your free
copy of the article which contains these passages from the Koran.