There are few people who are not aware of the simmering hostilities in Israel between Palestinians and Israelites. After the murder of three Israeli boys and one Palestinian boy, conflict erupted again. Since Israel is usually depicted as the scapegoat, the following information is intended to set the record straight.
- On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the British mandate over Palestine should be ended. The next day Arab hostilities against Israel broke out. Why?
- On May 15, 1948, Israel was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. The Arabs outnumbered the Jews 40 to 1 in soldiers, 40 to 1 in equipment and 5,000 to 1 in area. On 24 February 1949 the War of Independence was ended, with Israel as the winners. Why did the Arab nations attack Israel since Israel did not provoke them?
- On Monday, October 29, 1956, the Sinai war began. The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Salah al-Din, said early in 1954, The Arab people will not be embarrassed to declare: We shall not be satisfied except by the final obliteration of Israel from the map of the Middle East. 1 One continual refrain was that the Arabs would only be content with the annihilation of the Jewish nation. Why?
- The Six Day War, June 5, 1967, took place because of the intolerable situation of the Arab nations against Israel. Israel overran the forces of Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Why the continual desire to eliminate the nation of Israel?
- The Yom Kippur War began on Saturday, October 6, 1973. Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria. Israel was caught off guard and hopelessly outnumbered. The war was ended on October 25, with Israel the victors. 2 Why was Israel again attacked?
- Since then hostilities have never ceased. Why?
The Bible gives the answer to the why’s. God said to Abraham, ‘The whole land of Canaan [Israel], where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you….’ 3
Three times God promised Abraham that, ’…all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 4 What was the blessing? It was the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Who denies the Messiah? Islam. Why? Because it believes that the Bible is a corrupted book. The Koran is the final revelation of Allah, even superseding the Bible. How does Islam intend to prove the validity of its claim about the Koran? By destroying the nation of Israel to prove that God could not keep His promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that Israel belongs to their descendants.
So Islam, through the Arabs, fights against the God of the Bible. Will they succeed? No! Nobody has ever beaten God in any contest. Not even the devil, the strongest enemy of God, could ever do that.
What do we learn? Just as Israel, the nation of God, has been under continual assault, so the Bible, the Book of God, is under continual assault. Just as the Bible has not been destroyed, so the Israelite nation will not be destroyed either. Both are from God, and God never fails.
- Al-Misri, April 12, 1954, cited in Jewish Virtual History, The Sinai Suez Campaign, Background and Overview
- Willmington’s Guide to the Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, Illinois, 1984, p 977-981
- Genesis 17:8
- Genesis 12:3b; 18:18b; 22:18