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Wake up and smell the coffee: Israel exists.

2 December 2022

This week marked the 75th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan – a resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 29th November 1947, proposing the establishment of independent Jewish and Arab states in what was then British-controlled Mandatory Palestine. Jewish representatives accepted the plan, but the Arab world rejected it. Six months later (May 1948) the State of Israel was born. The Arab states (supported by the Palestinian Arabs) launched a war of aggression intended to wipe Israel from the map. Israel survived. Today it is a successful, flourishing, dynamic country, a world leader in many fields, while the Arab world is struggling, divided and undeveloped.

Since 1948 there have been two versions of history: one, in which Israel’s existence is recognized, and one in which it is not. About half the total number of 193 UN member states adhere to the first view of the world. The other half accepts Israel’s existence.

This dichotomy is reflected in the fact that for decades, the 29th November has been officially recognized within the UN as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. In recognition thereof, the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday voted to adopt a resolution to commemorate the “Nakba”. “Nakba” is the Arabic word for “catastrophe” which the Arab/Islamic world uses to recall the displacement experienced by many Arab Palestinians during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. Year after year, resolutions are passed on 29th November lamenting Israel’s existence.

Among this week’s resolutions is one calling for a “commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nakba, including by organizing a high-level event at the General Assembly Hall” in May 2023. The resolution was sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Senegal, Tunisia, Yemen and the Palestinians and passed by a vote of 90 in favor, 30 against and 47 abstentions.

By linking the Partition Plan with the Nakba, the UN continues to regard the very existence of the Jewish State of Israel as a tragedy, something to be rejected. They consider Israel an illegitimate state.

Some of the Arab states voting in favor of this resolution signed the “Abraham Accords” with Israel in 2020 – in which they agreed to “normalize” relations with Israel. The conduct this week throws doubt on the sincerity of their commitment, It also shows what a charade the UN General Assembly has become – a platform to deny history, and continually attack the Jewish people.

The truth is that Israel is a perfectly legitimate state. Its legal roots go back to the Mandate for Palestine – a League of Nations Treaty in 1922, in which the historical connection between the Jewish people and the land known as “Palestine” was recognized. In the Mandate, the international community agreed to the re-establishment of a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine, in accordance with the Balfour Declaration issued by Great Britain in 1917.

When the Mandate came to an end on 14th May 1948, the Jewish people declared the existence of the State of Israel. Their legally and factually established the State of Israel, in fulfilment of the objectives of the Mandate.

The Palestinian Arabs could also have declared an Arab Palestinian State in 1948. They chose not to do so. The fact they do not have a state of their own is the result of their own pathological hatred of the Jewish people.

The bottom line is that the State of Israel was not created by the UN Partition Plan. Its legitimacy does not in any way depend on recognition by the UN or its members.

It is perhaps not surprising that 90 Arab/Islamic states continue to deny Israel’s existence. They are just continuing the blind rejectionism they have shown for 100 years, rooted in their religiously-motivated refusal to accept Jewish sovereignty, in any shape or form, on territory regarded as belonging to Islam.

What is, however, tragic – and unacceptable – is that so few other (non-Arab) states have the courage to defend Israel, stand up for legal and historical truth, and oppose this blatant revisionism.

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee: Israel exists, and is here to stay. In fact, Israel will be the first among the nations when Messiah comes, and He will rule His kingdom from Jerusalem.

The Editorial Team – Israel & Christians Today


UN General Assembly votes in favor of commemorating Palestinian ‘Nakba’
Luke Tress writes in Times of Israel: “Pro-Palestinian resolution lamenting Israel’s birth passes 90-30, as Israeli envoy blasts move as a ‘disgrace’ and unveils display about Jewish expulsions from Mideast countries”.
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What happened to the 1947 UN Partition Plan?
Maurice Hirsch writes: “Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has told the U.N. that he has decided to accept the [Partition] plan and even demand its implementation: ‘Therefore, I present today to this U.N. organization, the title of international legitimacy in this world, with a formal request to implement General Assembly Resolution 181, which formed the basis for the two-state solution in 1947.’ In making this demand, Abbas ignored a number of fundamental realities.”
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Cultural appropriation and the Jews
Caroline Glick writes: “Irving, West, the Black Israelites, the Nation of Islam and their ilk have no choice but to demonize the Jews, because Jewish endurance and legitimacy expose the fraud at the heart of their invented identity.”
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SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK:

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his angerand terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.