“For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring back the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will enter into judgment with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and have divided up my land. And the L-RD roars out of Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shake; but the L-RD will be a shelter for his people and a stronghold for the children of Israel. So shall you know that I am the L-RD your G‑d dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more.” Joel 4:1-2, 16-17
Notice this map does not include Turkey or Asian Islamic Nations…but, they are all one with Russia according to Ezekiel 38 & 39.
“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee.” Ezekiel 38: 1-6
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the peoples round about, and it shall also be for Judah during the siege against Jerusalem. And on that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples: all that burden themselves with it shall be grievously hurt: and all the peoples of the earth shall be gathered together against it. On that day shall the L-RD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem?.And it shall come to pass on that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Then shall the L-RD go out, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.” Zechariah 12:2, 3, 8, 9; 14:3
The Jews Took Nobody’s Land
by Joseph Farrah
As the most visible Arab-American critic of Yasser Arafat and the phony “Palestinian” agenda, I get a lot of hate mail. I’ve even received more than my share of death threats. Most of those who attack me – at least those who bother to get beyond the four-letter words and insults – say I just don’t understand or have sympathy for these poor Arabs who were displaced, chased out of their homes and turned into refugees by the Israelis.
Let me state this plainly and clearly: The Jews in Israel took no one’s land.
When Mark Twain visited the Holy Land in the 19th century, he was greatly disappointed. He didn’t see any people. He referred to it as a vast wasteland. The land we now know as Israel was practically deserted.
By the beginning of the 20th century, that began to change. Jews from all over the world began to return to their ancestral homeland – the Promised Land Moses and Joshua had conquered millennia earlier, historians and Jews believe, on the direct orders of God. That’s not to say there wasn’t always a strong Jewish presence in the land – particularly in and around Jerusalem. In 1854, according to a report in the New York Tribune, Jews constituted two-thirds of the population of that holy city. The source for that statistic? A journalist on
assignment in the Middle East that year for the Tribune. His name was Karl Marx. Yes, that Karl Marx.
A travel guide to Palestine and Syria, published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker, illustrates the fact that, even when the Islamic Ottoman Empire ruled the region, the Muslim population in Jerusalem was minimal.
The book estimates the total population of the city at 60,000, of whom 7,000 were Muslims, 13,000 were Christians and 40,000 were Jews. “The number of Jews has greatly risen in the last few decades, in spite of the fact that they are forbidden to immigrate or to possess landed property,” the book states. Even though the Jews were persecuted, still they came to Jerusalem and represented the overwhelming majority of the population as early as 1906. And even though Muslims today claim Jerusalem as the third holiest site in Islam, when the city was under Islamic rule, they had little interest in it.
As the Jews came, drained the swamps and made the deserts bloom, something interesting began to happen. Arabs followed. I don’t blame them. They had good reason to come. They came for jobs. They came for prosperity. They came for freedom. And they came in large numbers.
Winston Churchill observed in 1939: “So far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied till their population has increased more than even all world Jewry could lift up the Jewish population.” Then came 1948 and the great partition. The United Nations proposed the creation of two states in the region – one Jewish, one Arab. The Jews accepted it gratefully. The Arabs rejected it with a vengeance and declared war.
Arab leaders urged Arabs to leave the area so they would not be caught in the crossfire. They could return to their homes, they were told, after Israel was crushed and the Jews destroyed. It didn’t work out that way. By most counts, several hundred thousand Arabs were displaced by this war – not by Israeli aggression, not by some Jewish real-estate grab, not by Israeli expansionism. In fact, there are many historical records showing the Jews urged the Arabs to stay and live with them in peace. But, tragically, they chose to leave.
Fifty-four years later, the sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of those refugees are all-too-often still living in refugee camps – not because of Israeli intransigence, but because they are misused as a political tool of the Arab powers. Those poor unfortunates could be settled in a week by the rich Arab oil states that control 99.9 percent of the Middle East landmass, but they are kept as virtual prisoners, filled with misplaced hatred for Jews and armed as suicide martyrs by the Arab power brokers.
This is the modern real history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. At no time did the Jews uproot Arab families from their homes. When there were title deeds to be purchased, they bought them at inflated prices. When there were not, they worked the land so they could have a place to live without the persecution they faced throughout the world.
It’s a great big lie that the Israelis displaced anyone – one of a series of lies and myths that have the world on the verge of committing yet another great injustice to the Jews.
After 1948, the land of Arabs who left the territory of Israelwas assigned to an administrator of absentee lands, and under Israelilaw the absentee Arabs could return and reclaim their land. Thousands ofthem did so (the figures I have seen are over 15,000). As to thoseabsentee Arab land owners who refused to deal with Israel, their landwas taken by eminent domain (called “compulsory purchase” in Britishlaw, or “expropriation” in European civil law), and they were paid fairmarket value plus interest.
This is a story that for some reason has not received anypublicity, an act of informational neglect that from the point of viewof hasbara is positively criminal. This story should be told.
Don’t take my word for any of this. Check it out with yourIsraeli sources. I believe that the Office of Administrator of AbsenteeProperty still exists in Israel. Please check it out.
Professor of Law Emeritus
Loyola Law School
“The word of Isaiah the son of Amos saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the L-RD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-RD, to the house of the G‑d of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of the L-RD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall decide among many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-4
There is a warning for us all to heed. It is the Living God of us all who has restored the Jews to their homeland after thousands of years of bullying and thievery and any who touch them or their land shall be broken by His Hand, by His stone.
The entire world is now being tested by G‑d more than any other time in the past. At this critical hour G‑d is warning all the nations:
“If you will stand against Israel, the apple of My eye and the messenger who brings My light to all of the world, to pressure and destroy My chosen people, then you will be against Me and I will judge you with all of My Might.“
Promise that Jerusalem Shall be Gloriously Restored
2 Then I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 I said, ‘Where are you going?’ He replied, ‘To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its breadth and length.’ 3 Then the messenger who talked with me stepped forward, and another messenger went out to meet him, 4 and said to him, ‘Run and tell to that young man that Jerusalem will be inhabited like a village without walls, because so many people and cattle will live there. 5 For I, says the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in the midst of her.’
6 Up! Away! Flee from the land of the north, says the Lord.
For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, says the Lord.
7 Up, escape to Zion, you who live in Babylon.
8 This is what the Lord of hosts says to the nations which plundered you:
Whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye.
9 I will raise my hand against them.
They will be plunder for their own slaves; and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.
10 Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion! I am coming,
I will live among you, says the Lord.
11 Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day,
and will be his people, and he will live among you.
You will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.
12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land.
He will again choose Jerusalem.
13 Be silent, everyone, in the presence of the Lord,
because he is coming from his holy dwelling.