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History of Israel

The Jewish people are God's chosen people and lived in the land of Israel (Palestine) one thousand years before the Romans tried to wipe them out in the first century. For the next two thousand years no other nation or group of people have developed in the land of Israel, Palestine. The Romans changed the name of the land of Israel from Judea to Palestine, named after Israel's enemies, the Philistines. The Jews have lived in the land of Israel now for over three thousand years. Although dispersed into other nations for nineteen hundred years (There has been a remnant that always remained in the land of Israel) they have been coming back to the land of Israel for years now. A majority of the population of Jerusalem was Jews by 1870 A.D. and they re-established the Nation of Israel in the land of Israel (Palestine) in 1948 A.D..

Abram (later God will change his name to Abraham) was born in 2161 B.C., and this would be the beginning of the Jewish nation. About the year 2091 B.C., God chose Abraham to begin a new nation and Abraham obeyed, Genesis 12:1, 4. The Bible says that Abraham believed in God and it was counted unto him for righteousness, Romans 4:3. Abraham was obedient to God, showing that he had faith in God. God had promised Abraham a seed, a son, and when Abraham was old, when others knew it wasn't possible for the promise to be fulfilled, the promise was fulfilled and Isaac was born. Abraham had faith in God's promise when others thought it not possible. It is through this man, and his wife, Sarai, that through this future nation, called Israel, that the promised Seed of Genesis 3:15, Jesus, the Messiah, would come. Adam had lost the rule over the earth to Satan, and this promised Seed would re-establish the Kingdom of God on earth. In the end, Jesus Christ will rule and reign over all the nations of the earth. Then when He has put all enemies under His feet, He will deliver up this Kingdom of God on earth to God the Father, 1 Corinthians 15:24-25.

Isaac, Abraham's son, was born about 2061 B.C., when Abraham was about 100 years old and Sarah was ninety. Around the year of 1986 B.C. Abraham died and God confirmed His promise, what we callthe Abrahamic Covenant, with his son Isaac, Genesis 26:3-5. No conditions for this covenant to be fulfilled were attached, it was an unconditional covenant, described as everlasting, Genesis 15:1-20; 17:1-10; 22:17-18; 28:12-15. As time went on, God also reconfirmed this Abrahamic Covenant with Jacob, Isaac's son, at Bethel, Genesis 28:12-15.

Jacob was born when his father was sixty years old, probably at Beer-lahai-roi (Genesis 25:21-26;). In about 1876 B.C. Jacob went into the land of Egypt. God had told Jacob not to go down into Egypt (Genesis 26:2) but to live in the land where He told him. God changed Jacob's name to Israel, Genesis 32:28, which refers to a specific ethnic group that was united by covenant to the one true God, Jehovah.

Later, there came a time of famine in the land and Jacob and all his descendants left the land of Canaan and went into the land of Egypt, Genesis 46:5-7. Even though they were eventually mistreated in Egypt, God's chosen people went into Egypt as a family and came out as a nation. This nation, called Israel, is God's elected, or chosen, nation, Isaiah, Genesis 45:4, 65:9, 22. God had several reasons for this election of Israel. Below is a partial listing of these reasons.

  • They were to tell the world about the existence of God, Isaiah 43:21.
  • They were to show the world the blessings that come from belonging to God, Psalms 144:15
  • They were to write and preserve the Word of God, Deuteronomy 4:5-6; Romans 3:1-2.
  • They were to bring the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, into the world. This was first mentioned in Genesis 3:15
  • Jesus' nationality originates from Israel,making Him Jewish, Genesis 12:1-3
  • Jesus will be a descendant of the tribe of Judah, Genesis 49:10
  • Jesus will be of the house of David, Isaiah 11:1-2
  • Jesus will be born in Bethlehem, Micah 5:2
  • Jesus will be a Divine being, Isaiah 9:6

So it is by promise, the Seed of the woman, Jesus Christ, can be traced to Seth, Shem, Abram, Isaac, Jacob, and Judah.

Jacob went into Egypt as a family and came out as a nation, the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel was redeemed by the blood of the passover lamb, and came out of Egypt by God's power. When God brought them out of Egypt they went to Mount Sinai, where God made a new promise to them. It is called the Law, also known as The Mosaic Covenant. It consisted of three parts; The moral law (Exodus 20:1-26) which includes the Ten Commandments. The civil law (Exodus 21:1-24:18), which governs their everyday life. The third is the ceremonial law (Exodus 24:1-40:38), which regulates their religious life. It is important to keep in mind that the previous covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, was not done away with, Galatians 3:17-18. It was unconditional and remained operational and this is one of the keys to understanding the history of Israel.

About 1440 B.C., the Israelites arrived at Mount Sinai, Moses went up on the mountain, where he was to meet with God, Exodus 19:3. God reminded him of how He had delivered them from Egypt and now gives them a new covenant, which is called The Mosaic Covenant. The Dispensation of Law begins with the Mosaic Covenant. Moses returns and tells the people of the covenant, and the people agree to do all that God has spoken. Moses returns to the mountain, and God gives him the law. The people became impatient when Moses did not come back right away. They made an idol and brought offerings to it, had a feast and they drink and play before the idol. God becomes angry and judges them and 3,000 of them die.

Man was unaware of his own sinfulness, so it is at this time God gives the Law, and through the law they would gain the knowledge of sin and their helplessness to fultill the requirements of a holy God, Galatians 3:10; Romans 3:19; 7:7; James 2:10. The law was given as a schoolmaster, or teacher, to bring them to understand the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, so they could be justified by faith, Galaians 3:24. The law told them, and us today, that all mankind is helpless to meet the standards which God requires. It points every individual to Jesus Christ who died to pay our penalty, death, Romans 6:23, so that we could enter into heaven.

The law was a guardian over God's people until Jesus Christ came. Christ gave us the means whereby we could meet these holy requirements, through faith, and receive the imputation of the righteousness of Christ. There are several things, however, that the law cannot do. It can not make anything perfect, Hebrews 7:19. Neither can the law give us the Holy Spirit, Galatians 3:24. Justification comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, so man cannot be justified by the law, Galatians 2:16. The Law pointed toward things in the future, it was a shadow of things to come, Hebrews 10:1, 9.

In the wilderness of Sinai, God gave instructions to build a tabernacle, or meeting place,similar in focus to a church, and when it was finished the glory of the Lord fills it, Exodus 40:35. God gives them the law, and the priests begin to minister. The tabernacle was used to teach them how to serve God and emphasized three things; their own sinfulness, the holiness of God, and the only way to approach God was through the high priest and the shedding of blood. A priest would be one who represents men before God. From the tribe of Levi God chose the family of Aaron to minister as priests at His altar. Aaron was the first high priest, Exodus 28:1. According to the scriptures, Jesus Christ has fulfilled the role of High Priest, and, as such, has replaced the need for the Aaronic priesthood, the perfect instead of the imperfect. Jesus Christ is now our High Priest who makes intercessions for us, Hebrews 6:20.

Around 1438 B.C., the Israelites traveled to Kadesh-Barnea from Mount Sinai, and sent spies into the land, to search it out and report back as to the conditions there, Numbers 13:17. When the spies returned, they reported there were giants in the land and discouraged the people from entering the land, Numbers 13:31-32. Only two, Joshua and Caleb, reported that they should enter because God had promised them the land and would be with them, Numbers 14:6-9. God was displeased with the people for not wanting to go into the land He had promised them. In judgment He allowed all those over twenty years old, except Joshua and Caleb, to die in the wilderness. Joshua and Caleb were the only ones of their generation to go into what we call the Promised Land, Numbers 14:30.

In all, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness forty years and remember, all those that were over twenty years old at the beginning of the journey were now dead except for Joshua and Caleb. When Moses died, Joshua was appointed the new leader of Israel, Joshua 1:1-3. The Israelites are now ready to enter the land that God promised them. This land is given to the nation of Israel for an eternal possession, as stated in Genesis 17:8. This cannot be fulfilled in it's entirety until Israel resides in the entire land God promised and stays there FOREVER. The outworking of God's purpose through Israel does not depend upon their faithfulness, Isaiah 54:10-17; 65:8-9; Jeremiah 5:10-11; 31:35-37; Ezekiel 16:59-63; Romans 11:26-29. As long as the new heavens and the new earth shall remain before God so will the nation of Israel remain before God, Isaiah 66:22.

About 1400 B.C., the Israelites entered into the land of Canaan, and God begins to rule over the people through Joshua. According to Ussher the events in the book of Joshua cover a period of 26 years. Joshua records the conquest of the land of Canaan. The boundries of the land to be conquered at this time is listed in Joshua 1:4. Included in this was all the land of the Hittites. The Hittite Empire is mentioned forty six times in the Bible. At one time scholars questioned the existence of the Hittite's because the Bible was the only source that mentioned them, 2 Kings 7:6; 1 Kings 10:29; Exodus 3:8. However, there is now proof of the Hittite Empire. The capital city of the Hittites, Hattusa, was found and excavated proving their existence. Other proofs found were remants, tablets and documents and other excavcations all proving the existence of the Hitites and the accuracy of the Bible.

This time period is called the historical kingdom, with God ruling through representatives. After Joshua, God began dealing with the people through judges. God performed one of the same miracles for Joshua that He did for Moses - He parted the water at the Jordan River. God parted the water so the Israelites could cross on dry ground, Joshua 3:17. About six years later, Joshua had conquered the territory of 31 kings. However, the Israelites were ordered to completely destroy all the people. They did not obey God's command, but left some people in the land.

There are six cycles that the children of Israel went through under the judges. They were:

  • (1) at rest and obeying God,
  • (2) they did evil in the sight of the Lord, then
  • (3) the Lord allows them to be taken and oppressed by their enemies,
  • (4) they finally cry out to the Lord,
  • (5) the Lord raises up a deliverer,
  • (6)and finally they return to the beginning, obeying God and at rest.

This cycle is repeated six times. That cycle still exists today. Even in the United States we have a country that is based on the God of the Bible, and in the past the majority were trusting in God, resting in prosperity. Today we can see the apostasy of the Christian church, and the nation as a whole, going quickly into immorality of all kinds, calling evil good and good evil, Isaiah 5:20. Therefore, we see the weakening of our nation and it appears that the next step in the cycle, step 3, may be approaching.

About 1020 B.C., the people petioned Samuel, the last of the judges, for a king. Like all the nations around them, they wanted a king to rule over them, 1 Samuel 8:19-20. The people were rejecting God as their ruler, 1 Samuel 8:7. Samuel anointed Saul as king by a divine command, 1 Samuel 9:16-17; 1 Samuel 12:13.

About 20 years later, Saul rejects the Word of the Lord so the Lord then rejects Saul as king, 1 Samuel 15:26. David is anointed as king in place of Saul but it will be several months/years before he ascends to the throne and is given what is called The Davidic Covenant. Under this covenant God makes promises to David, his unborn son Solomon, and the nation of Israel. David is promised four things:
a house or posterity that his son would succeed him and establish his kingdom and his seed after him
a throne, and kingdom to rule over His house, throne and kingdom were to be forever. This will see complete fulfillment when Jesus takes the throne of David during the Millenium.
David had been called "a man after God's own heart" and now was King over Israel, 1 Samuel 13:14. In about 1000 B.C. King David conquered the city of Jerusalem. The city then became the City of David and David declared the city the capital of Israel.

David's son, Solomon, was promised that he would be the one to build the temple. He would also be chastised for disobedience but the throne would not be taken from him, even though he had taken one thousand wives and builds temples to false gods, 2 Samuel 7:8-16. After Solomon's death, his son, Rehoboam becomes king. Under Rehoboam's leadership ten of the tribes rebel. Another son of Solomon, Jeroboam, returned from exile, he became the first king of the Northern ten tribes of the nation of Israel. The remaining two southern tribes were called Judah. As time passed, several members of each of the ten northern tribes went back to live in the kingdom of Judah. The Kingdom of Judah split from the larger Kingdom of Israel and Jerusalem then became the capital of the Kingdom of Judah. The Kingdom of Israel, the northern kingdom, located it's captial at Shechem in Samaria.

After Solomon's death, his son, Rehoboam becomes king. Under Rehoboam's leadership ten of the tribes rebel. Another son of Solomon, Jeroboam, returned from exile, he became the first king of the Northern ten tribes of the nation of Israel. The remaining two southern tribes were called Judah. As time passed, several members of each of the ten northern tribes went back to live in the kingdom of Judah.

Jeroboam established a new capital and set up two golden calves for the people to worship. Of the nineteen kings who reigned over Israel, none were called good. Because of the wickedness and idolatry of the northern tribe of Israel, God sends them into Assyrian captivity in 722 B.C. The Assyrians took the city of Samaria, and they took away 27,280 of the chief inhabitants and priests into captivity. These people were replaced with people from several different countries, and this was the beginning of the Samaritans. The people never returned as a nation.

About one hundred years later, the tribe of Judah has also had nineteen kings, all from the family of David. Some of these kings are good but the people did not listen to the prophets that were sent by God. They seen the fate of the Northern tribes but they did not learn from it. So the people became wicked and in 606 B.C. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon carries the first captives from Judah to Babylon. Daniel and three of his friends are in this group of captives, Daniel 1:1-6. Then in 598 another group is taken and Ezekiel is among them. More were taken captive in 586 when Jerusalem is taken. All but the poor are taken to Babylon.

In about 536 B.C. some of the Jews are allowed to return to Jerusalem and rebuild it. Jeremiah had prophesied that the Jews would return to Jerusalem to rebuild it. The cause is not taken up through Cyrus, king of Persia, Ezra 1:2-3. Zerubbabel, a prince of the house of David takes a group back to Jerusalem, only a few went with him. They built the altar and lay a foundation for the temple but works stops when they are opposed, Ezra 4:4-5. Nehemiah was later allowed by Artaxeres to complete the walls and issued a decree in 455 B.C., Nehemiah 2:5-6. The completing of the wall is important since it is when Daniel's prophecy of seventy sevens begins, Daniel 9:25-27. The prophet Malachi prophesies of the coming of John the Baptist and the second coming of Christ, Malachi 3:1, either during or shortly after the rule of Nehemiah.

In 332 B.C. Alexander the Great defeated the persian Empire and conquered Judea. The Maccabees revolted against the Greeks in 142 B.C. and Judea was once again an independent Jewish state. The Romans conquered the Greek Empire, in 63 B.C., including Judea. Herod the Great was placed over the Judean province.

Jesus now comes into the world, born of a virgin, Isaiah 7:14, born in bethlehem, as foretold in the Old Testament in Mica 5:2. Israel was offered the kingdom and they rejected it as did their fore fathers, at Kadesh-barnea, who refused to go into the promised land. The apostles performed sign miracles and the kingdom was once again offered to Israel but they again rejected it and the sign miracles ceased. Israel rejected Jesus, and the kingdom, so the kingdom was postponed until Israel turns, once again, to their Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The church is now formed and by name it is a called out assembly. The Bible identifies the church as a body, a bride, and a house, but never is it identified as the kingdom, as some attempt to identify it today. The Nation of Israel will be restored to the land and inherit all the land promised and Jesus, an Israelite, will establish a kingdom in Israel. He will rule and reign over all nations of the world from Jerusalem. Today, the people of Israel are being regathered in their land as God promised in the Old Testament. At the second coming, when all nations are gathered against Israel, Jesus Christ will return and all the nations will be defeated, judged, and Jesus will then set up His kingdom. In the time between His first coming and His second coming Christ promised to build the church.

Today, over two thousand years later, we see the Jews coming back into the land, as promised in prophecy. The nation of Israel was again established in 1948. When the great tribulation begins Israel will accept the rule of the Antichrist. The Antichrist will rule during the tribulation, but he can not rule until there is a falling away from true Christianity. We have that falling away today, so the Antichrist could come at any time. After three and one half years the Antichrist will be revealed as the man of sin and turn against Israel.

In A.D. 66 the Jews revolted againts Rome and defeated the pro-Roman civic leaders and the local Roman Garrision. This rebellion against Rome spread to many other cities in Judea. General Cestius was sent to put down the rebellion. Cestius was a civil administrator with no military experience. He entered Judea and was defeated. Emperor Nero then sent his best General, Vespasian, to put down the rebellion. Vespasian with his son Titus entered Galilee and destroyed several cities.

In A.D. 68 a revolt broke out in Rome and Emperor Nero committed suicide. There was civil war for one year and Vespasian then became Emperor of Rome. Vespasian sent Titus back to Judea to finish off the rebellion of the Jews. In A.D. 70 Jerusalem fell. The temple was burned, and the walls leveled, fulfilling an earlier prophecy by Jesus, Matthew 24:1-2 A few of the Jews escaped and went to Masada, and were discovered two years later. When it was clear they would be defeated, the Jews chose to committed suicide rather than being killed, raped, and put into slavery. Since Jerusalem fell in A.D. 70, the jews have been scattered into many countries, only to come together as a nation about two thousand years later in 1948. Through the years they have been and still are persecuted everywhere, but have survived.

One of the cities the Roman Emperor Hadrian decided to rebuild was Jerusalem. In 130 A.D. he built a temple to Jupiter on the site of the Temple of Solomon. As one can imagine, this did not go over well with the Jewish people. In A.D. 132, a Jewish warrior arose who claimed to be the fulfillment of the prophecy in Numbers 24:17-19. Rabbi Akiba accepted Bar Kochba as Israel's Messiah and there were many who joined with him in a revolt against Rome. However, the Roman general Severus was able to subdue them in A.D. 135 and flayed Rabbi Akiba alive. Thousands of Jews were either killed, deported, or sold as slaves. Jerusalem was leveled to the ground and Jews were not allowed to enter the city. In an effort to eliminate the Jewish name and connection to the land of Israel the Romans renamed Judea to Palaestina, probably from the name of the Philistines. Some Jews were still able to live in the land, and there has been a Jewish prescence in Palestine for over 3,000 years. This was the last attempt by the Jews to take back the land of Israel, known today as Palestine, until 1948.

In the third century A.D. the Byzantine Empire replaced the Roman Empire in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. The Byzantine Empire was Christian in nature and Muslims were continually at war with them. It is during this time that Constantine the Great established his capital at Constantinople or Byzantium. After the conversion of Constantine Christianity spread rapidly. With Christians in control the Jews were now persecuted by professing Christians. During the Byzantine period of 325 to 614 A.D. Jews were not allowed to visit Jerusalem except on the anniversary of the destruction of their Temple.

In 614 A.D., the land of Israel (Palestine), including Jerusalem, was conquered by Chosroes I. Chosroes was a Persian warrior and destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Church was rebuilt shortly afterwards. Jews were promised some relief from Christian persecution and a province to live in for their support. For that reason they supported this invasion by Chosroes but the promises were never kept. Arabs commanded by Chosroes general Shahrbaraz sacked Jerusalem and burnt to the ground many Christian churches and killed about 90,000 Christians. Chosroes did not keep his promise to the Jews but they did have relief from Christian persecution for about 14 years. Chosroes II was blinded and killed by his own son in 628 A.D.. The Persians took Damascus in 613, Jerusalem in 614 and Egypt in 616.

Emperor Heraclius rebuilt the army and in 621 A.D. began his march across Asia Minor to invade persia. After the invasion of Jerusalem in 614 A.D. there was friction between Chosroes and the Jews. This resulted in many of the Palestinian Jews being deported to Persia and this caused the Jews to support Heraclius. The Persians finally made peace and restored the empire's former territories. In 630 A.D., Heraclius took the city of Jerusalem and restored the True Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Muhammed was born in Meca in 570 A.D.. When he was about 40 years old he had his vision that there was no god but Allah and Mohammed was his prophet. Muhammed went to Medina in June 622 A.D.. He was only able to gain 150 converts in 13 years in Mecca, his city of birth. He attempted to get Christians to join him by adopting some of the traditions of the Jews and Christians. However, Muhammed was rejected which set him against the Christians and Jews. The people of Meca rejected him and he fled for his life to Medina. The citizens in Medina accepted him and he quickly gained followers.

Muhammed had now succeeded in unifying the nomadic tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. They were now the most powerful group in the region and were driven by Muhammed's Islam religion. The Muslims successfully invaded Syria and Palestine in 634 A.D.. The Muslim advance into Western Europe was finally stopped at the Battle of Tours in 732 A.D., by the Christian leader Charles Martel.

The Fatimid Empire conquered Jerusalem, including Egypt, Syria, and Hejaz in 969 A.D.. In 1009 A.D. the Muslims ordered the complete destruction of the Holy Church of the Sepulchre. They also destroyed some 30,000 Christian buildings. The Seljuks (1072 to 1099 A.D.), were Turks and defeated the Fatimids. They occupied Jerusalem in A.D. 1076. The Seljuks were from the borders of China and were converts to Islam. They persecuted Christians and Jews. Jerusalem was then occupied by the Shi'ite Muslims who were enemies of the Sunni Muslims, the Seljuks.

The period of the Crusades was 1099 A.D. to 1291 A.D.. The agression of the Muslims had grown worse and now after 450 years of forced conversions, plunder, the Christians were ready to act. The Muslim quest for greed and lust for domination of non-Muslims and their property caused the Crusades. The Christians acted in self defense and a desire to take back Jerusalem and the Holy Land that had been taken by the Muslims. The most important motivation for the crusades was to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims.

In the seventh century Christianity that was the dominant religion of power and wealth. This made Christians target for Muslims and it continues to remain that way down to today. Shortly after Muhammed's death the Muslims came after the Christians. They took all of North African and spain before the eighth century. The Christian culture was being done away with and they were forced to either deny their religion, convert to Islam, or die. Just as it is happening today in the 21st century. It was at this point that Constantinople called for the help of fellow Christians which gave birth to the crusades. Because Muslims were violently killing Christians, the crusaders rose up against the Muslims. By slaughtering Christians, Muslims had become an enemy to Christ and His followers.

The Christians were the losers in the Crusades. After the Crusades, the Mameluke's ruled from 1250 to 1517 AD. The Mameluke were slave soldiers of the Egyptians. These soldiers revolted against their masters and took over Egypt. They became a powerful polictal and military power in the Levant, Mesopotamia and India. They seized the sultanate of Egypt and Syria for themselves.

The Mameluke's demolished Antioch in 1268. In 1281 A.D. they defeated the Mongols and then turned their attention back to the Crusaders and captured Tripoli in 1290 A.D.. They fought agains the Crusaders and drove them out of the Levant by 1291 and ended the era of the Crusades. The Jews and Christians living in Plaestine were now required by law to wear yellow turbans and the Christians blue, to distinguish them from the first class Muslims.

The Mamelukes were defeated by the Ottoman Turks and they took over Palestine and the entire Holy Land. They ruled from 1517 to 1917. The Turks had now been in control of Jerusalem for 500 years and Palestine was a part of the Ottoman empire. Britain was planning to invade the Ottoman Empire. In 1915 there was an agreement with the Emir of Mecca in which Britain promised to suppor Arab independence in the Middle East. Then in 1916 there was a secret agreement with France to divide the spoils of war.

In 1917 Britain issued the Balfour Declaration that promised the Zionist support for establishing a home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The declaration was issued on November 2, 1917 and was accepted by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922. Britain was given temporary administrative control of Palestine.

The Ottoman Empire entered World War 1 in 1917 and the British troops invade all of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East conquering Jerusalem. The Middles East was then divided into mandate areas under British and French Administration. The British were given Palestine which included the land Israel has today, Jordan, Gaza, and the west bank. A national home for Jews in Palestine was incorporated into the mandate agreement.

The Arabs wanted a plan to realize national aspirations of both Jews and Arabs but they lost Damascus to the Frence and cooperation with the Jews then stopped. Arabs then wanted Jerusalem and Palestine. In 1920 the Arabs attacked the Jews in Jerusalem with more riots occuring in 1921 in Jaffa and violence spread throughout Palestine.

There has never been an indepent Arab state in Palestine. There never has been a nation or government called Palestine. Israel took the land from the Canaanites and their land was called Judea. In 135 AD the Romans changed the name of Judea to Filistia (Palestine) in an attempt to disconnect the land from the name of the Israelites. A remnant of Jews has been in the Holy Land for over 3,000 years.

The League of Nations, now the United Nations, approved the Balfour Declaration on July 24, 1922. They removed a part of Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian Arab's called Jordan. When they had full independence it was known as The Kingdom of Jordon.

Several attempts wer made by the British to get the Arabs and Jews to share power in Palestine but the Arabs rejected every propsal. From 1922 to 1947 there were several disagreements and Arab revolts between the Jews and the Arabs. The Arabs never giving in and always refusing every offer of peace. This attitude of refusing every offer of peace with Israel still remains to this day. The Arabs goal is not peace but is to annihilate Israel completely.

In 1929 the Arabs spread false rumors about the Jews and began a battle with them. There had been a presence of Jews in Hebron for two thousand years and many of the Jews were murdered and the rest driven out.

In 1936 Arabs attacked Jewish farming communities and murdered civilian Jews and destroyed livestock and crops. The British armed about 3,000 Jewish guards that were able to partially defend some settlements against the Arabs.

In 1937 a British commission of inquiry (The Peel Commission) was commissioned to find a solution to the conflict. It was determined that the remaining part of the mandate would be partitioned into two states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs. The Arabs would get a larger part of the land and there was a strip beginning at Jerusalem going to the city of Jaffa that would be an international zone. The Palestinian Arabs, again, as usual, rejected the plan which was then abandoned. The Arabs have rejected every plan up to today.

In late 1937 Arab's renewed their attacks on Jewish settlements murdering civilians. In 1938 the Jews instituted a more offensive strategy and inflicted heavy losses on the Arabs. The revolt ended in 1939.

In 1939 with the coming war with Germany the Jews had to take sides with Britian or with Germany. They stood with Britian in World War II and sent soldiers to fight with the allies. The Palestinian Arabs supported the Nazis. The Muslim Mufti of Jerusalem made several trips to Berlin to try and persuade the Nazis to expand their extermination of Jews to those in Palestine.

The United Nations (UN) was established at the end of World War II. In 1947 the British gave the Arab-Jewish problem of to the UN. The UN approved a plan to divide the land into two states with Jerusalem controlled by the UN. The Jews were disatisfied with the amount of land set aside to them, which was mostly desert, and the seperation of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Arabs and other Arabs of the world rejected the plan and re-stated their intention to destroy the Jews when the British leave Palestine.

Israel's prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the establishment of a new Jewish republic of Israel on May 14, 1948. The next day Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria invaded Israel. At the end of the war Israel controlled about 40 percent more of the land than was proposed by the UN partition plan. Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip and Jordan the West Bank. The Arabs still did not recognize Israel and still don't.

While this fighting was going on thousands of Arabs fled from the areas controlled by Israel. Over 200,000 Arabs stayed in Israel and became citizens. While Israel was taking in Arabs, the Arab countries did not take in the Arab refugees of the war. They were left in refugee camps to help in the continuing fight against Israel. These are the so called Palestinian people. There has never been a Palestinian people and the purpose of these Arab refugees and the other Arabs is to destroy Israel.

Since 1948 there have been many peace plans offerred and all rejected by the Arabs. The Arabs have continually attacked Jewish civilians and targeted Israel down to this day. The purpose of these Arab refugees and the other Arabs is, and always has been, to destroy Israel.



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