By Don Boys, Ph.D.
My first trip to Israel in 1967 was exciting, electrifying, and extraordinary. It was shortly after the Six-Day War, and there were burned-out Egyptian tanks, half-tracks, and personnel carriers off every road outside Jerusalem. On the Golan Heights, I walked on recently cleared paths that still had unexploded land mines in the area. In fact, I walked very closely on those cleared paths. A machine gun was still maintained on a roof on a major street in Jericho. Beersheba and Hebron were still very tense especially Hebron. Because hatred seemed to hang in the air like a noxious fog, we didn’t linger in Hebron, especially at the cave of Machpelah where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives are buried. The streets of Bethlehem and Nazareth were crowded with excited people, but Jerusalem was the main object of my attention since it is the heart of Israel.
I spent a few days in Jerusalem walking around the city and leading my group along the top of the city wall. I remember walking alone after dark in the Old City without fear. I stayed in the Palace Hotel, not as elegant as the King David Hotel, but everyone was thrilled to have any guests–even “ugly Americans.” A Kennedy half-dollar would get anything done.
Jerusalem today is a city of 870,000 citizens including 37 percent Arabs although not one Jew is permitted in Saudi Araba! It is long past time for the U.S. to obey our law and move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. After all, the whole world knows Jerusalem has always been the capital of Israel. King David captured the city from the Jebusites in 1004, making it his capital. (By the way, where were all the “Palestinians” at that time?)
In 1995, Congress passed a bill that allowed the U.S. to recognize Jerusalem as the capital and move our embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City. However, that has not happened because the law permitted the president to delay the move for national security reasons. Every president since then has been too cowardly to do the right thing. Maybe they forgot, but forgetting is bad news.
A few days ago, Trump “kicked the can down the road” as other presidents have done. He hopes to arrange a solution to the “Palestinian” problem. He not only kicked the can down the road but he kicked Jews and Christians down the road. The Jew has been the whipping boy of the world for thousands of years.
When the Jews were in their 70-year captivity in Babylon–500 miles from Jerusalem, their Temple destroyed, the sacrifices ceased, the priests silent–they sat on the banks of the Euphrates River and wept as they remembered Zion. David quoted those captive Jews saying, “We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof…If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.” They had lost their song but not their salvation. And they remembered Jerusalem.
We will see if President Trump will keep his word in six months and recognize Jerusalem as the undivided and eternal capital of Israel thereby telling the Muslim world they will not drag East Jerusalem into their orbit.
“Palestinians” have no history, no culture, no coinage, and no king list. Archeologists will never dig up artifacts revealing their past since they have no past. It is pathetic that people have bought into this myth. “Palestinians” are displaced Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians that have proclaimed themselves descendants of people who never existed before 1948. Of course, they are people who need help but their help should come from Jordan or Egypt. If they want a separate nation then the UN or the Arab League can carve out a piece of land from Jordan or the Saudi desert. Then, let’s see if they can do with that what Israel has done with the barren, rocky land they started with. It seems Arabs have little desire or ability to make the desert blossom like a rose.
But let us leave fantasy and return to Jerusalem.
Radical Muslims demand that East Jerusalem be turned over to them as their capital of a Palestinian state that would include Judea and Samaria. However, the Jewish leaders can’t be that stupid. But then, they have agreed to a two-state solution with a “Palestinian” state alongside Israel! Of course, Israel would have to surrender East Jerusalem and all of Judea and Samaria originally conquered by Joshua in 1400 B.C. Why would sane Israelis agree to give up their own homeland for a promise of peace from people who have callously, constantly, and consistently threatened to drive them into the sea?
Moreover, why didn’t the politicians who tell Israelis to be so forgiving and high-minded demand that the old Soviet Union return its vast territories it confiscated after WW II?
Furthermore, with the “Palestinians’” history of terror, intrigue, and peace-breaking, why would Jews trade their land (at one place only nine miles wide from the West Bank to the Mediterranean Sea!) for a nebulous peace? Additionally, why is Israel, who won the Six-Day War, negotiating with the enemy? Normally, the victor dictates the terms. Moreover, it is unusual for a victorious nation to give back land taken in a war, especially in a war not of their making!
Furthermore, when Israel, seeking peace, permitted Hamas in 2005 to have Gaza, Muslim terrorists launched thousands of rockets into Israel. That trade of land for peace sure didn’t work then, so why now? One reason may be that Israelis are simply tired of living under the threat of constant attack. Another reason is leftists in the Knesset.
Also, which terrorist faction would control this “Palestinian” state? Fatah, founded by terrorist Yasser Arafat in 1965, controls the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and retains control of the Palestinian National Authority (PLO) in the West Bank. Hamas, founded in 1987, controls the Gaza Strip and is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood with the stated goal of establishing an Islamic state in Israel–all of Israel. They have demanded that “Palestinian” refugees and their descendants from 1948 have a right to return to modern day Israel. Of course, that means that Israel would be inundated with potential terrorists and if they got citizenship the Israeli government would be voted out of existence with the first election when the new arrivals do with ballots what they could not do with bullets and bombs.
Muslims believe that when Islam conquers a nation, that nation forever must be controlled by Islam; so Muslims think they have a right to return to any land they ever conquered and must re-conquer it. So, the Muslims who left Israel during their wars want to return to “their” land; however, they lost the war and the right to their land. On the other hand, Israel has the Law of Return granting Israeli citizenship to any Jew from anywhere in the world who returns to Israel. But Arabs are not Jews. They have no right of return to Israel; however, they can return to the desert.
It seems that land for peace will become a reality but I predict catastrophic repercussions because of the history of the Muslim Jew-haters. After the Six-Day War, Israel offered land for peace and after a meeting in Khartoum, Sudan the Muslims gave their reply: No peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.”
It is time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to say “no” to land for peace and to say it from their capital city of Jerusalem with the American Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro standing beside him.
David, Israel’s greatest king, wrote in Ps. 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Christians love Jerusalem and the Jews; after all, our salvation came through a Jew!
Boys’ new book Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! was published recently by Barbwire Books; to get your copy, click here. An eBook edition is also available.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives; ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis, wrote columns for USA Today for eight years; authored 16 books and hundreds of columns and articles for Internet and print media publications; and defended his beliefs on hundreds of talk shows. These columns go to newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations and may be used without change from title through the end tag. His web sites are www.cstnews.com and www.Muslimfact.com and www.thegodhaters.com. Contact Don for an interview or talk show.)
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