We are told that the Trump Administration is working on an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. The details are closely held but it has been stated that the plan will force Israel to make some hard decisions. These hard decisions will likely push Israel to give up land.
However, Israel holds that land based on three principles. Firstly, after World War I the League of Nations designated the land of Palestine for a Jewish homeland and established the British Mandate to oversee that process. This Mandate was for all of the lands west of the Jordon River and lands now part of Jordon. After World War II the United Nations confirmed the Mandate.
Secondly, under International Law, in an effort to ensure aggression is not rewarded, lands taken by an aggressor must be returned to the original owner, as in the case of Iraq attacking Kuwait. Conversely, lands taken by a nation defending itself become the property of the nation defending itself. In addition to the land grant of the Mandate, the Golan Heights were taken by Israel defending itself in 1973 and therefore fall under this provision. Additionally, the “West Bank”, Gaza and Jerusalem belong to Israel under this added provision.
Thirdly, God gave the land to the Jews. In Genesis 15:17-21 God makes a one-way covenant with Abram where God passes the burning pot between the pieces of the sacrifice and reiterates and expands the promise of the land. Then in 26:3-4 the promise of the land is made to Isaac “…you and your offspring I will give all these lands.” In 35:10-12 the promise is repeated to Jacob/Israel “…to your offspring after you.” The ownership was established but their use and enjoyment was dependent on obedience. In the first five books of the Bible I have found 72 places that reference the land given to the Jews. How could God have been clearer?
I fear for America if we pressure Israel to give up land.
- Steve Borell, Lindsborg resident