The modern state of Israel was established in 1948 while the UN dithered over whether or not to allow its formation. The story of the nation’s founding and the fight against the Arab nations is fascinating. Up until that time, there was no such group of people known as Palestinians. So where did they come from?
Until the beginning of the 20th century, the land of Israel was practically uninhabited. An 1857 report from the British consul stated: “The country is in considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population.”
In the May 31, 1977, edition of Trouw, a Dutch newspaper, published an interview with Palestinian Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. The following is an excerpt from that interview:
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity...Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian’ people to oppose Zionism.”
The name “Palestinian” was hijacked by Yasser Arafat following the 1967 war. Up until that time, the entire area was known generally as Palestine, the name given to it by the Romans, but the few Arab inhabitants referred to themselves as citizens of "southern Syria." The region has been ruled variously by Rome, by Islamic and Christian crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire (1299 to 1922), and finally by the British following World War I. The British had agreed to restore at least a part of the land to the Jewish people as a homeland. It has never been ruled by Arabs. In fact, the massive increase in Arab population, coming primarily from Syria, Jordan and Egypt, was a deliberate effort to establish an Arab presence in the land, thus giving them a claim to possession. The Palestinians are essentially an invented people. They have been used as pawns by all other Arab nations in their determination to destroy Israel. No other Arab country will even accept Palestinians as full citizens, and their welfare is obviously of no concern to the rest of the Arab world.
The failure of the Obama administration to vote against the UN resolution was a deliberate move to invalidate the legitimacy of Israel as an independent nation, and was at complete odds with the United States’ historic support of Israel. Total U.S. aid to Israel makes up approximately 1/3 of its entire foreign aid budget. Psalm 122:8 states: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you.” There is no question that one of the reasons for the blessings enjoyed by the U.S. since 1948 has been its unstinting support of Israel. As we approach the return of the Lord which will occur immediately prior to a time of great trial for Israel, let us hope we will remain firm in our resolve to support that ancient nation.