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6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah and save the house of Joseph. I will restore them because I have compassion on them.  They will be as though I had not rejected them; for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.  9 Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me.  They and their children will survive, and they will return.  10 I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon, and there will not be room enough for them.”  - Zechariah 10:6,9-10

In light of the fact that many in the world are calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian Arab nation within the borders of Israel, I felt it important to share some information about Israeli "occupation".  The truth is, the Palestinian Arabs have no ancestral claim to any portion of Israel.  The Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are the same Arabs that live in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, etc.  The claim that they are being oppressed by "Zionist occupiers" is ludicrous on two counts.  First, Israel is land that God covenanted to the Jews thousands of years ago, and Biblical prophecy tells us that they get their home back.  We've been witnessing the fulfillment of that prophecy since 1948, when Israel became an independent nation.  Furthermore, if you will simply look at the map and statistics below, you will see that Israel can hardly be called an "occupying force".


Jewish Nations in Middle East:  Israel

Arab Nations in Middle East:  Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Geographical Area*

Israel including Gaza and West Bank: 

approx. 10,800 square miles


Arab nations:  approx. 5,368,500 square miles


Population, Total*


Israel (including West Bank and Gaza, both Arab and Jew): approx. 5,700,000


Arab Nations:  approx. 203,393,000

Population Density*

Israel:  approx. 525 people per square mile

Arab Nations:  approx. 38 people per square mile

As you can see, the area occupied by the Jews is a miniscule fraction of the area of the Middle East.  In fact, the area of Israel is only two-tenths of one percent of the area of the Arab nations.  Yet Israel has a population density FOURTEEN TIMES that of the Arab nations.  If the Arab countries want to help the Palestinian Arabs, why don't they offer them some land?

If you believe reports that the Palestinian Arabs only want control over the West Bank, think again.  In a televised interview with a Hamas spokesman recently, the reporter asked him if the suicide bombings against Israeli citizens would stop if an independent Palestinian state were created.  He casually replied, "We cannot stop until we have driven all Israelis into the sea."  This is not a conflict about a small piece of land.  This is a conflict in which the Arabs wish to drive all the Jews from the Middle East.  You'll notice the Palestinian Arabs did not commit homicide bombings in the name of independence when they were under the control of Jordan.  The following quote further illustrates this point.

"In Islam, if your enemy occupies a small piece of your land, then you have to declare jihad against the enemy.  Jihad becomes a must and a religious obligation on all Muslims to go and fight the enemy…women must go for jihad without taking permission from their husbands, slaves without taking permission from their masters, boys without taking permission from their fathers.  Palestine is occupied by the enemy.  The occupation of Palestine shouldn't be dealt with as a regional one but as an Islamic obligation, because occupation of any Islamic land is a violation to the Sovereignty of Islamic world." -- Ahmed al-Kufahi, member of the Islamic Action Front(IAF), at the AIP Conference in Chicago, Illinois in 1997.

As you can see, the lofty goal of the Arabs - specifically the Muslims, is the total annihilation of the Jews, and complete control of the Middle East.  The Bible has something else to say about the fate of Israel though, and the fate of those that align themselves against her.

This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him, declares: 2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the Lord. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, 'The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.'

– Zechariah 12:1-5


*  Geographical and population statistics are based on most recent numbers available, some dating back to the 1970's



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