The Jewish people have maintained strong ties to the land of Israel for over 4,000 years. The deliberately formulated and sustained misperception that the Jews were only forced into exile by the Romans after the destruction of the second Temple in 70 C.E and just returned 1,800 years later to Palestine to demand their country back is false and has no corroboration.
A Plethora of facts abound; historical, Biblical and even Qur’anic that support and attest to Israel’s rightful claims to their land. The people of Israel, then known as the Hebrews entered the Land of Israel about 1300 B.C.E., and lived under a tribal confederacy until they were united under King Saul, their first monarch. It was David, their second king, that established Jerusalem as the capital around 1000 B.C.E. Jewish independence in the Land of Israel lasted for more than 400 years; brief periods of sovereignty before most Jews were finally driven from their homeland in 135 C.E. Put together, the periods of independence prior to exile and after reconstitution of the nation of Israel in totality is much longer than Americans have enjoyed independence in what is today known as the United States of America. Israel would have, in fact, been more than 3,000 years old today if not for foreign conquerors.
On the other hand, there is a total lack of Palestinian connection to the land as well as complete absence of Palestinian nationalism prior to the 1960s, a fact corroborated by Palestinians themselves as well as by notable Islamic figures.
The term “West Bank” was a name given to the territory after it was captured by Jordan in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, because it sits on the west side of the Jordan River. So, does that mean the land had no history before it was captured by Jordan? Of course, it was all aimed at erasing Jewish connection to the land. Israel later recaptured the territory during the 1967 Arab- Israeli Six-Day War and now calls the territory by its original names Judea and Samaria. The international community still prefers to refer to Judea and Samaria as West Bank, calling them by their ancient names is an inconvenient truth that would not fit into the Arab – Islamic narrative and therefore the names need to be erased.
When the distinguished Arab-American historian, Princeton University Prof., Philip Hitti, testified against the partition before the Anglo-American Committee in 1946, he said: “There is no such thing as ‘Palestine’ in history, absolutely not.”
History has it that Jerusalem was, has been and will always be the eternal capital of Israel. The Israelites are called Jews because they are from Judea which is in Jerusalem. Biblically, in 2 Samuel 5:1-5, it is clear that King David reigned in Jerusalem over Israel and Judea for 33 years after reining 7 years and six months in Hebron. Bethlehem, was where Christ was born, and Judea and Samaria, together with Galilee, are parts of the southern Kingdom of Israel’s Judah. Also, in Psalm 122:1-5, the connection between Jerusalem and Israel is further elucidated. Why then would the Palestinians, some Arab nations and certain European nations be so benighted, irrespective of the profundity of histories that they say: “come, let us wipe them out as a nation, and let the name of Israel be remembered no more”? Psalm 83:4.
It is even established that the name ‘Jerusalem’ was and remains never mentioned in the Quran whereas it is mentioned 641 times between Genesis and Deuteronomy in the Bible. Aldus Huxley rightly postulated that: “that men do not learn from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history”. It is quite worrisome and deeply unfair that United Nations and some powerful countries, such as China, Russia, Britain, Turkey, the USA under Biden, Iran and Germany, etc., who are in the positions to disprove these unfounded assertions by the Palestinians that Jerusalem belongs to the Arabs, are instead deeply happy, biased and incisive of Palestine against Israel, despite profundity of history and irrefutable facts.
The mainstream media like the CNN, Euro News, Aljazeera, BBC, Sky News, Arise, etc., also have a jaundiced view of the whole scenario, which is evident in their very biased reportage. Recently, Hamas fired over 4000 rockets into Israel from Gaza, maiming and killing innocent people and the whole world kept quiet. When Israel started exercising their right of defending themselves, the said mainstream media became awash with bias and prejudice against Israel. These actions of these media are very poisonous, inhuman, uninformative, noneducational and inimical to Global History.
Thank God for people like Mohammed Tawhidi, a renowned Islamic cleric from Australia, for his stance on the truth. He said in one of his tweets, which can be conveniently corroborated that: “Israel is not ours and never was period”. (A copy of the details of Mohammed Tawhidi’s exposing position, is attached). It is still surprising that some countries wantonly disregard the truth even when Yaser Arafat openly and brazenly declared: “we plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for the Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion. We, Palestinians, will take over everything including all of Jerusalem”.
Looking at the map of the Middle East, one would discover that Israel occupies a tiny area, and wonder why all these great persecutions, malevolence, hatred and hostilities are propagated by some Arabs.
To further buttress this point on the origins of Palestinians, as facts do not lie, the representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations, a very important Arab personality, submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947, saying: “Palestine was part of the Province of Syria” and that: “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.” It doesn’t end there, it is mind blowing that this same man, Ahmed Shuqeiri, who later became the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), a few years later, also told the UN Security Council: “It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria.”
Israel’s claim to the holy land is irrefutable and unquestionable as it firmly stands on at least four solid premises:
(1) God promised the land to the patriarch, Abraham;
(2) The Jewish people settled and developed the land;
(3) The international community granted political sovereignty in Palestine (because their land was so renamed) to the Jewish people and;
(4) The territory that has always been theirs was recaptured in defensive wars, and this fact is clearly recognised in international law as legitimate, in addition to their historical connections and claims to the land of Israel.
The antics of radical Islamic leaders in demanding for East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, is not hidden. They want to border Israel in close proximity so as to be able to attack swiftly at close range. They do not mean well for the state of Israel. Their main goal is the extermination of the Jewish people off the face of the earth. That is Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s mandate, as always echoed by their patron, Iran.
Israel is, unfairly, the only state today, and the Jewish people the only people today, in our world that are the object of a standing set of threats from governmental, religious, and terrorist bodies, ever seeking their destruction. This scenario is callous, wicked, deplorable and unacceptable, but what is most troubling is the silence, the indifference, and sometimes, the indulgence in the face of such genocidal anti-Semitism, by well-placed people, heads of churches, United Nations, European Union and some other major players at the centre stage of Global Politics.
As the former Israeli deputy prime minister and ambassador to the UN, Abba Eban, noted:
‘Nobody does Israel any service by proclaiming its “right to exist”. Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in mid-air awaiting acknowledgement… There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favour, or a negotiable concession.’
Our submission, therefore, is that the ceasefire being brokered between Hamas and Israel is a temporary and short-lived solution to the malignant problem. The UN, EU, China, Russia, Britain and US should act justly by calling a spade a spade and stop sitting on the fence. Israel should exist like other nations and be allowed to have what had been rightly theirs (Jerusalem). The whole world should stand against this unjustifiable injustice being meted out to the State of Israel, because history will have to record it that the greatest tragedy of this period of political grandstanding by the Palestinians, was not the strident clamour of the bad people, but the appalling and ignominious silence of the people, privileged to say the truth, but mortgaged their consciences to the compromise and utter favour of the Palestinians and enemies of progress.