Israel and the West in the Battle for Palestine
Palestine: The land of return
One often wonders about the secret behind the intimate relation between Israel and the West which becomes clear in the words of ‘Israel Shahak’ when he said: “The American taxpayers sent to Israel five Billion dollars in the year 1985, which means that the United States send us unconditionally, more than fourteen Million dollars daily, all year round.”
Another form of expressing such a relation is the attitude of the United States government in international circles, such as defending the Israelis and refusing to condemn or even criticise their actions.
There is no doubt that this issue is connected to the western policies in the Arab countries, but this should not make us forget the religious motive behind the American’s attitude. Christians, from all different sects, believe in the (fabricated) Torah, or Old Testament, which the Jews preach. They also believe in the promise for the Israeli nation and that it is a true promise. In fact, their belief in it is not very much different from the Jewish belief itself.
Fulwell, a Christian missionary heading a Christian organisation said: “To Oppose Israel is to oppose God.”
Another leading Christian said: “The British Christian fundamentalists are just as infatuated with the Promised Land, which God promised Abraham and his offspring, as the orthodox Jews are.”
The author of a book written on the life of Arthur Balfour, who was Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and known for his famous declaration said: “He used to firmly believe in the Torah, he read it and believed every word of it and his famous declaration was the result of this belief.”
Former US President Carter said: “Seven of the presidents of the United States believed and materialised their belief in the type of relation with Israel, and that it is more than just a special relationship. This relationship is deeply rooted in the hearts, conduct, religion and belief of the American people. The United States and Israel are pioneering immigrant nations and share together the heritage of the Torah.”
The texts which the Jews and Christians agreed to fulfil are those found in the (fabricated) Torah which give the Jews the right to all that is between the Nile and Euphrates Rivers, and also give the Jews the right to enslave the Palestinian people. In the Revised Standard Version of the Bible for example, one can find such verses in numerous places:
‘In Genesis, chapter 9, verse 25, Noah said to his son Sam (whom the Jews consider as their father), “Cursed be Canaan; a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers.” (Canaan is the forefather of the Palestinian Canaan tribe) then in verse 26 Noah said: “Blessed by the LORD my God be Shem; and let Canaan be his slave.”
The Jews and Christians believe that the Jews have full rights in all the land of Canaan, because they claim that Allaah said to Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, as in Genesis, chapter 12, verse 7: “To your descendants I will give this land.”
They also believe that this promise was exclusive to the descendants of Ishaaq and not Ismaa’eel as they mention in Genesis, chapter 17, verse 25: “But I will establish my covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” in verse 19 of the same chapter “God said, No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.”
The Torah outlines the boundaries of this land which was granted to the children of Israel. Genesis, chapter 15, verse 18: “On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates’”.
No one believing in the Torah, whether a Jew or a Christian, can do anything else other than strive to accomplish this claimed promise. Otherwise, he will be cursed by God as their Torah claims in Genesis, chapter 27, verse 29: “Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be every one who curses you, and blessed be every one who blesses you.”
The evangelist Jimmy Swaggart said: “The Lord said, ‘I bless whoever blesses Israel, and I curse whoever curses Israel, and by the grace of God the United States continues to be ahead in this, and I think we only reached what we reached by supporting Israel, and I ask god for this support to continue.”
That is why Christians support the issue of the settlement camps for the Israelis in Palestine. In fact, they see this as a religious right. Why would they not do so when their Torah says about the land of Palestine as in Isaiah, chapter 33, verse 24: “The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity”.
This is precisely why former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said: “Whoever lives inside the land of Israel can be considered as a believer, and whoever lives outside is a person with no God.”
The Jews and the Christians await the return of ‘Eesaa, or Jesus, peace be upon him
Just as the Christians believe that the Jews have the right to Palestine, they also believe in the second appearance of ‘Eesaa, peace be upon him, to lead them to a final victory. They believe that the establishment of the Israeli state is a condition for the return of ‘Eesaa, who will rule the land of Israel upon his return. On the other hand, the Jews do not believe that the one who is returning is the ‘Christian’ ‘Eesaa, but somebody else who is coming for the first time.
In Isaiah, chapter 9, verse 6 and 7: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called ‘Wonderful Counselor’, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. “Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this”.
The former foreign secretary of the United Kingdom; Lloyd George, who was a Christian, said about himself: “I am a Zionist and I believe what the Torah stated regarding the return of the Jews, and that the return of the Jews is an introduction to the return of Christ.”
An Israeli rabbi addressed the Christians saying: “You await the return of Christ for the second time and we await his first arrival, so let us start by constructing the Jewish temple, and after he arrives and we see him, then we can settle our differences.” This is because they do not believe in ‘Eesaa, peace be upon him, to begin with.
At the Second International Assembly for Christian Churches held in Evanston, USA in 1954, a report which was submitted stated in some of its parts: “Our hope as Christians for the second arrival of Christ cannot be discussed separately from the Israeli nations hope, which is not only found in the old testament, but can also be observed in the continued divine support to this nation … we believe that God chose the Israeli nation to continue its rescue of humanity … Therefore, the nation of the New Testament cannot be separated from the nation of the Old Testament. The expectation for the second arrival of Christ gives us hope that the Israeli nation will soon embrace Christianity and this reflects our love to God’s chosen nation.”
Wayne, a Christian evangelist said: “The Jewish terrorists will blow-up the Muslims holy site, which will provoke the Muslim world into a destructive holy war against Israel, and that will force the awaited Christ to emerge and intervene.”
Former American president Ronald Reagan said: “I read in the old testament that God will gather the Israelis in the land of return. This has finally happened after almost two thousand years and for the first time everything is ready for the final battle and the return of Christ.” This final battle is one which the Christians believe will be fought alongside the Jews and against a common enemy – and they expect to defeat their enemy.
The Islamic position on the Promised Land
Muslims believe that Allaah promised Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, to bless his offspring and make them leaders when Ibraaheem asked for that, as Allaah says which translates as: “…(Allaah) said, ‘Indeed I will make you a leader for the people’ (Abraham) said: ‘And of my descendants?’ (Allaah) said, ‘My covenant does not include the wrongdoers.’” (Al-Baqarah: 124).
This divine promise was conditional on his offspring being righteous, and this condition was repeated when Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, asked Allaah to provide the dwellers of the sacred city (Makkah) with all types of fruit. Allaah says that which translates as: “… Whoever disbelieves, I will grant him enjoyment for a little; then I will force him to the punishment of the Fire, and wretched is the destination.” (Al-Baqarah: 126).
Allaah distinguished between the righteous and corrupt children of Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, when He says about Ismaa’eel that which translates as: “And We blessed him and Isaac, but among their descendants is the doer of good and the clearly unjust to himself (sinner).” (As-Saaffaat: 113). Therefore, the righteous among the offspring of Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, are those who deserve blessings and leadership. This is contrary to what the Jews claim which is that they are superior over all of mankind due to their lineage; this claimed special status makes the Holy Land a legitimate right for them until the Day of Resurrection, because (as they claim) they are the beloved ones to Allaah and His children. Allaah belied them when He said that which translates as: “And We have already written in the book (of Psalms, the scriptures) after the (previous) mention (Torah) that the land (of Paradise) is inherited by My righteous servants” (Al-Anbiyaa’: 105).
Leadership was also conditional on them establishing the rule of Allaah. Allaah says that which translates as: “And We gave them (children of Israel) clear proofs of the matter (of religion), and they did not differ except after knowledge had come to them out of jealous animosity between themselves. Indeed, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ” (Al-Jaathiyah: 17).
These verses continue to prove to disobedience of the Jews, and that they do not deserve to be the chosen people of Allaah. After this, Allaah assures this chosen position for the Muslims. He says that which translates as: “Then We put you (Muhammad) on an ordained way concerning the matter (of religion); so follow it and do not follow the inclinations of those who do not know. Indeed, they will never avail you against Allaah at all. Indeed, the wrongdoers are allies one another; but Allaah is the protector of the righteous” (Al-Jaathiyah: 18-19). Therefore, leadership was promised to the nation who worship Allaah and establish His religion on earth, Allaah says that which translates as: “You are the best nation produced (as an example) for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allaah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient” (Aal-‘Imraan: 110).
Allaah explains the characteristics and situation of the Jews and why leadership was taken from them. He says that which translates as: “They have been put under humiliation (by Allaah) wherever they are overtaken, except for a rope (covenant) from Allaah and a rope (treaty) from the people (Muslims). And they have draw upon themselves anger from Allaah and have been put under destitution. That is because they disbelieved (rejected) the verses of Allaah and killed the prophets without right. That is because they disobeyed and (habitually) transgressed” (Aal ‘Imraan: 112).
It is amazing how the Jews and Christians use the texts of the (fabricated) Torah regarding the divine promise to the Jews about the land of Palestine, and how they disregard the other texts which state that Allaah will humiliate them, punish them for their transgression of the boundaries of Allaah and that He will replace them with another nation who happen to be illiterate. Their Torah says regarding the children of Israel, as in Isaiah, chapter 32, verse 21: “They have stirred me to jealousy with what is no god; they have provoked me with their idols. So I will stir them to jealousy with those who are no people; I will provoke them with a foolish nation.”
Allaah provoked them with Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam and his companions, He described them with that which translates as: “Muhammad is the messenger of Allaah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating (in prayer), seeking bounty from Allaah and (His) pleasure. Their marks (sign) are on their faces (forehead) from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah …” (Al-Fath: 29).