Seven Reasons Palestine Belongs to Israel: the Real Facts!
("Mid East Peace?" - by Pastor Francis Frangipane)
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In Christ's Image Weekly Message, April 18, 2002 / Pastor Francis Frangipane
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IntroductionWe are all aware of the terrible dilemma that exists in the Middle East. Clearly, great heartache and anger exists among both Palestinians and Jews. Yet, whatever legitimate issues that exist among the Palestinians, there is a greater darkness involved here, one which seeks to annihilate the entire Jewish population worldwide.
Beloved, there is something in God's heart concerning the restoration of Israel that Satan hates.
This divine purpose, in its time, will signal the end of Satan's reign on earth (see Rev 14). Thus, to
stop God's purpose, the adversary has long sought to destroy both the nation of Israel and the
Jewish people at large. Indeed, throughout the ages, the Jews have been the target of more
venom and persecution than any other people. In the past century, Satan used Hitler's armies;
more recently, the devil is using the radical views of the Islamic world. As Christians, we have to
pray. There exists no course of action, but that we who know God should intercede on behalf of
Our intercession is not without great reward: Indeed, the Lord has put such a priority upon
Israel's well-being that He promises the nation that blesses Israel, will be blessed by Him. In other
words, the destiny of our nation is intertwined with Israel's survival.
As an encouragement, I have included a powerful speech from Senator Inhofe about standing with
Israel. Let us, as the church of Jesus Christ, unite in heartfelt intercession for the Jewish nation.
THE REAL FACTS. WHO OWNS THE LAND?
PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Senate Floor Statement by U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla)
March 4, 2002 I was interested the other day when I heard that the de facto ruler, Saudi
Arabian Crown Prince Abdullah, made a statement which was received by many in this
country as if it were a statement of fact, as if it were something new, a concept for peace in
the Middle East that no one had ever heard of before. I was kind of shocked that it was so
well received by many people who had been down this road before.
I suggest to you that what Crown Prince Abdullah talked about a few days ago was not
new at all. He talked about the fact that under the Abdullah plan, Arabs would normalize
relations with Israel in exchange for the Jewish state surrendering the territory it received
after the 1967 Six-Day War as if that were something new. He went on to talk about other
land that had been acquired and had been taken by Israel.
I remember so well on December 4 when we covered all of this and the fact that there isn't
anything new about the prospect of giving up land that is rightfully Israel's land in order to
When it gets right down to it, the land doesn't make that much difference because Yasser
Arafat and others don't recognize Israel's right to any of the land. They do not recognize
Israel's right to exist.
I will discuss seven reasons, which I mentioned once before, why Israel is entitled to the
land they have and that it should not be a part of the peace process.
If this is something that Israel wants to do, it is their business to do it. But anyone who has
tried to put the pressure on Israel to do this is wrong.
We are going to be hit by skeptics who are going to say we will be attacked because of our
support for Israel, and if we get out of the Middle East--that is us--all the problems will go
away. That is just not true. If we withdraw, all of these problems will again come to our
I have some observations to make about that. But I would like to reemphasize once again
the seven reasons that Israel has the right to their land. The first reason is that Israel has
the right to the land because of all of the archeological evidence. That is reason, No. 1.
All the archeological evidence supports it.
Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that Israelis have
had a presence there for 3,000 years. They have been there for a long time. The coins, the
cities, the pottery, the culture--there are other people, groups that are there, but there is no
mistaking the fact that Israelis have been present in that land for 3,000 years.
It predates any claims that other peoples in the regions may have. The ancient Philistines
are extinct. Many other ancient peoples are extinct. They do not have the unbroken line to
this date that the Israelis have.
Even the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000, 3,000 years ago. They are
primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are not the same racial and
ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient world. The first Israelis are in fact
descended from the original Israelites. The first proof, then, is the archeology.
The second proof of Israel's right to the land is the historic right.History supports it totally and completely. We know there has been an Israel up until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans conquered the land. Israel had no homeland, although Jews were allowed to live there. They were driven from the land in two dispersions: One was in 70 A,.D. and the other was in 135 A.D. But there was always a Jewish presence in the land.
The Turks, who took over about 700 years ago and ruled the land up until about World
War I, had control. Then the land was conquered by the British. The Turks entered World
War I on the side of Germany. The British knew they had to do something to punish
Turkey, and also to break up that empire that was going to be a part of the whole effort of
Germany in World War I. So the British sent troops against the Turks in the Holy Land.
One of the generals who was leading the British armies was a man named Allenby. Allenby
was a Bible-believing Christian. He carried a Bible with him everywhere he went and he
knew the significance of Jerusalem.
The night before the attack against Jerusalem to drive out the Turks, Allenby prayed that
God would allow him to capture the city without doing damage to the holy places.
That day, Allenby sent World War I biplanes over the city of Jerusalem to do a
reconnaissance mission. You have to understand that the Turks had at that time never seen
an airplane. So there they were, flying around. They looked in the sky and saw these
fascinating inventions and did not know what they were, and they were terrified by them.
Then they were told they were going to be opposed by a man named Allenby the next day,
which means, in their language, "man sent from God'' or "prophet from God.'' They dared
not fight against a prophet from God, so the next morning, when Allenby went to take
Jerusalem, he went in and captured it without firing a single shot.
The British Government was grateful to Jewish people around the world, particularly to
one Jewish chemist who helped them manufacture niter. Niter is an ingredient that was
used in nitroglycerin which was sent over from the New World. But they did not have a
way of getting it to England. The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of
the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean.
But a man named Weitzman, a Jewish chemist, discovered a way to make it from materials
that existed in England. As a result, they were able to continue that supply.
The British at that time said they were going to give the Jewish people a homeland. That is
all a part of history. It is all written down in history. They were gratified that the Jewish
people, the bankers, came through and helped finance the war.
The homeland that Britain said it would set aside consisted of all of what is now Israel and
all of what was then the nation of Jordan--the whole thing. That was what Britain
promised to give the Jews in 1917.
In the beginning, there was some Arab support for this action. There was not a huge Arab
population in the land at that time, and there is a reason for that. The land was not able to
sustain a large population of people. It just did not have the development it needed to
handle those people, and the land was not really wanted by anybody. Nobody really wanted
this land. It was considered to be worthless land.
I want the Presiding Officer to hear what Mark Twain said. And, of course, you may have read "Huckleberry Finn'' and "Tom Sawyer.'' Mark Twain--Samuel Clemens--took a tour of Palestine in 1867. This is how he described that land. We are talking about Israel now. He said:
A desolate country whose soil is rich enough but is given over wholly to weeds. A silent, mournful expanse. We never saw a human being on the whole route. There was hardly a tree or a shrub anywhere. Even the olive and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.
Where was this great Palestinian nation? It did not exist. It was not there. Palestinians
were not there. Palestine was a region named by the Romans, but at that time it was under
the control of Turkey, and there was no large mass of people there because the land would
not support them.
This is the report that the Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the British, made. It
quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain along the Mediterranean Sea in
1913. This is the Palestinian Royal Commission. They said:
The road leading from Gaza to the north was only a summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the Yavnev village. Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward the sea was almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly populated. Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants.
That was 1913.
The French author Voltaire described Palestine as "a hopeless, dreary place.''
In short, under the Turks the land suffered from neglect and low population. That is a
historic fact. The nation became populated by both Jews and Arabs because the land came
to prosper when Jews came back and began to reclaim it. Historically, they began to
reclaim it. If there had never been any archaeological evidence to support the rights of the
Israelis to the territory, it is also important to recognize that other nations in the area have
no longstanding claim to the country either.
Did you know that Saudi Arabia was not created until 1913, Lebanon until 1920? Iraq did
not exist as a nation until 1932, Syria until 1941; the borders of Jordan were established in
1946 and Kuwait in 1961. Any of these nations that would say Israel is only a recent arrival
would have to deny their own rights as recent arrivals as well. They did not exist as
countries. They were all under the control of the Turks.
Historically, Israel gained its independence in 1948.
The third reason that land belongs to Israel is the practical value of the Israelis being there.Israel today is a modern marvel of agriculture. Israel is able to bring more food out of a desert environment than any other country in the world. The Arab nations ought to make Israel their friend and import technology from Israel that would allow all the Middle East, not just Israel, to become an exporter of food. Israel has unarguable success in its agriculture.
The fourth reason I believe Israel has the right to the land is on the grounds of humanitarian concern.
You see, there were 6 million Jews slaughtered in Europe in World War II. The persecution
against the Jews had been very strong in Russia since the advent of communism. It was
against them even before then under the Czars.
These people have a right to their homeland. If we are not going to allow them a homeland
in the Middle East, then where? What other nation on Earth is going to cede territory, is
going to give up land?
They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel would fit into my home
State of Oklahoma seven times. It would fit into the Presiding Officer's State of Georgia
seven times. They are not asking for a great deal. The whole nation of Israel is very small. It
is a nation that, up until the time that claims started coming in, was notdesired by
The fifth reason Israel ought to have their land is that she is a strategic ally of the United States.
Whether we realize it or not, Israel is a detriment, an impediment, to certain groups hostile
to democracies and hostile to what we believe in, hostile to that which makes us the greatest
nation in the history of the world. They have kept them from taking complete control of the
Middle East. If it were not for Israel, they would overrun the region. They are our strategic
It is good to know we have a friend in the Middle East on whom we can count. They vote
with us in the United Nations more than England, more than Canada, more than France,
more than Germany--more than any other country in the world.
The sixth reason is that Israel is a roadblock to terrorism.
The war we are now facing is not against a sovereign nation; it is against a group of
terrorists who are very fluid, moving from one country to another. They are almost
invisible. That is whom we are fighting against today.
We need every ally we can get. If we do not stop terrorism in the Middle East, it will be on
our shores. We have said this again and again and again, and it is true.
One of the reasons I believe the spiritual door was opened for an attack against the United
States of America is that the policy of our Government has been to ask the Israelis, and
demand it with pressure, not to retaliate in a significant way against the terrorist strikes
that have been launched against them.
Since its independence in 1948, Israel has fought four wars: The war in 1948 and
1949--that was the war for independence--the war in 1956, the Sinai campaign; the Six-Day
War in 1967; and in 1973, the Yom Kippur War, the holiest day of the year, and that was
with Egypt and Syria.
You have to understand that in all four cases, Israel was attacked. They were not the aggressor. Some people may argue that this was not true because they went in first in 1956, but they knew at that time that Egypt was building a huge military to become the aggressor.
Israel, in fact, was not the aggressor and has not been the aggressor in any of the four wars.
Also, they won all four wars against impossible odds. They are great warriors. They
consider a level playing field being outnumbered 2 to 1.
There were 39 Scud missiles that landed on Israeli soil during the Gulf War. Our President
asked Israel not to respond. In order to have the Arab nations on board, we asked Israel
not to participate in the war. They showed tremendous restraint and did not. Now we have
asked them to stand back and not do anything over these last several attacks.
We have criticized them. We have criticized them in our media. Local people in television
and radio often criticize Israel, not knowing the true facts. We need to be informed.
I was so thrilled when I heard a reporter pose a question to our Secretary of State, Colin
Powell. He said:
Mr. Powell, the United States has advocated a policy of restraint in the Middle East. We have discouraged Israel from retaliation again and again and again because we've said it leads to continued escalation--that it escalates the violence. Are we going to follow that preaching ourselves?
Mr. Powell indicated we would strike back. In other words, we can tell Israel not to do it,
but when it hits us, we are going to do something.
But all that changed in December when the Israelis went into the Gaza with gunships and
into the West Bank with F-16s. With the exception of last May, the Israelis had not used
F-16s since the 1967 6-Day War. And I am so proud of them because we have to stop
terrorism. It is not going to go away. If Israel were driven into the sea tomorrow, if every
Jew in the Middle East were killed, terrorism would not end. You know that in your heart.
Terrorism would continue.
It is not just a matter of Israel in the Middle East. It is the heart of the very people who are
perpetrating this stuff. Should they be successful in overrunning Israel--which they won't
be--but should they be, it would not be enough. They will never be satisfied.
Number seven, I believe very strongly that we ought to support Israel; that it has a right to the land.This is the most important reason:
Because God said so.As I said a minute ago, look it up in the book of Genesis.
In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible says:
The Lord said to Abram, "Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are northward, and southward, and eastward and westward: for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed forever. .... Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it to thee.''
That is God talking.
The Bible says that Abram removed his tent and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre,
which is in Hebron, and built there an altar before the Lord. Hebron is in the West Bank.
It is at this place where God appeared to Abram and said, "I am giving you this land,''--the
This is not a political battle at all. It is a contest over whether or not the word of God is
true. The seven reasons, I am convinced, clearly establish that Israel has a right to the land.
Eight years ago on the lawn of the White House, Yitzhak Rabin shook hands with PLO
Chairman Yasser Arafat. It was a historic occasion. It was a tragic occasion.
At that time, the official policy of the Government of Israel began to be, "Let us appease
the terrorists. Let us begin to trade the land for peace.'' This process continued unabated
up until last year. Here in our own Nation, at Camp David, in the summer of 2000, then
Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak offered the most generous concessions to Yasser
Arafat that had ever been laid on the table.
He offered him more than 90 percent of all the West Bank territory, sovereign control of it.
There were some parts he did not want to offer, but in exchange for that he said he would
give up land in Israel proper that the PLO had not even asked for.
And he also did the unthinkable. He even spoke of dividing Jerusalem and allowing the Palestinians to have their capital there in the East.
Yasser Arafat stormed out of the meeting. Why did he storm out of the meeting?
Everything he had said he wanted was offered there. It was put into his hands. Why did he
storm out of the meeting?
A couple of months later, there began to be riots, terrorism. The riots began when now
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went to the Temple Mount. And this was used as the thing
that lit the fire and that caused the explosion.
Did you know that Sharon did not go unannounced and that he contacted the Islamic
authorities before he went and secured their permission and had permission to be there? It
was no surprise.
The response was very carefully calculated. They knew the world would not pay attention
to the details.
They would portray this in the Arab world as an attack upon the holy mosque. They would
portray it as an attack upon that mosque and use it as an excuse to riot. Over the last 8
years, during this time of the peace process, where the Israeli public has pressured its
leaders to give up land for peace because they are tired of fighting, there has been increased
In fact, it has been greater in the last 8 years than any other time in Israel's history.
Showing restraint and giving in has not produced any kind of peace. It is so much so that
today the leftist peace movement in Israel does not exist because the people feel they were
They did offer a hand of peace, and it was not taken. That is why the politics of Israel have changed drastically over the past 12 months.
The Israelis have come to see that, "No matter what we do, these people do not want to
deal with us. ..... They want to destroy us.'' That is why even yet today the stationery of the
PLO still has upon it the map of the entire state of Israel, not just the tiny little part they
call the West Bank that they want. They want it all.
We have to get out of this mind set that somehow you can buy peace in the Middle East by
giving little plots of land. It has not worked before when it has been offered.
These seven reasons show why Israel is entitled to that land. --U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe
[Francis Frangipane] ... Because of this, the Lord is asking us to turn to Him in focused prayer. Enlist your church's prayer groups; bring intercession for Israel into your Sunday services; call for around the clock prayer. Whatever way the Lord might lead you, let us stand together, in faith, for God's protection over Israel.
You might also consider joining with us and Echad ministry (an international prayer ministry for Israel that is based here at River of Life Ministries). Their goal is to offer one million hours of prayer for Israel (www.echad.org). Also, if you would like to financially support the Messianic church in the Holy Land, you can do so through Embrace Israel (www.embraceisrael.org), another of our accredited ministries.
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