Seventy years ago, on November 29, 1947, the UN partitioned Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. Israel accepted the plan; the Arabs rejected it and attacked Israel instead. The plan has formed the basis for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and for the 1993 Oslo accords.
Fifty years ago, several months after the Six-Day War in which Israel soundly defeated its enemies, Israel offered to discuss peace. However, the 1967 Arab League summit met in Khartourn, Sudan, presented a seven-point resolution, and issued its three famous "Nos." Item 3 states, "The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level to eliminate the effects of the aggression and to ensure the withdrawal of the aggressive Israeli forces from the Arab lands which have been occupied since the aggression of June 5. This will be done within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country."
Israel's enemies act like the king of Ammon, claiming Israel has stolen land.
In December 2016, Newsweek magazine ran an article by Diana Buttu, "Why the World Must Act to Stop Israel's Insatiable Appetite for Palestinian Land." Buttu wrote, "And yet, while recognizing that Israel's desire for Greater Israel has only served to oppress palestinians, the U.S. administration continues to cling to the same, tired formula-that of bilateral talks-stead of pressing Israel to stop its land theft.“
In May, The Economist, a respected, 173-year-old London periodical, ran a special report on Israel for the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. The cover pictured a Star of David with a palestinian flag-covered lock clamped onto the star. Inside the star were the words Why Israel needs a palestinian state. The special report began with the headline, "Six days of war, 50 years of occupation." The implication perpetuates the Arab narrative that Israel steals land.
Telling the true story was radio host larry Elder, who wrote some years ago "The Truth About Israel's 'Stolen' Land" in wnd.com. He supplied an accurate history of the situation and concluded, "The word 'Palestinian,' as employed today, is a relatively recent term. Until the end of the British mandate over Palestine, in 1948, all inhabitants of the area west of the Jordan River were known as 'Palestinians.' A Jewish person living in what is now Israel was a 'Palestinian Jew.' Likewise, a Christian was known as a "Palestinian Christian.' Israel won more land after a series of wars, land since returned or offered for return in exchange for peace. The Jews 'stole' nothing.“
As a judge of Israel, Jephthah was forced to fight against the Ammonites because they got history wrong. Today Israel is forced to defend itself against is legion of enemies who purposely make history wrong.
Sadly, history repeats itself. Would to God that people accusing Israel of land grabbing have their own Awesome! moment.