Should Israel Go Back To 1967?
Should Israel Return to its 1967 Borders?
Our President recently stirred up considerable controversy when he called for Israel to return to its 1967 borders. The exact details of what this would involve are not clear however the President leaves no question as to the purpose of such a move. It is his belief that if Israel were to surrender control of the land they seized in 1967, peaceful relations between Israel and the Palestinians would then be possible. Our President’s view’s reflects the sincere but erroneous idea that Israel is the source of tension and strife in the Middle East. A close look at the facts would paint a very different picture.
First of all, the Palestinians do not want peace with Israel. In a recent study conducted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies into “What Palestinians are saying online”, Johathan Schanzer reports in the Middle East Quarterly’s winter 2011 edition that the Palestinians almost uniformly agree that violence against the Jewish state is not only justifiable, but is their religious obligation.”1 This religious “obligation” to remove Israel from the land is found throughout the Arab world. For example, consider a few of the quotes of Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
"You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene."(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_and_Israel)
“The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime [Israel], which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast. Today too, the most important issue in the world is Palestine. If a war breaks out in Iraq, we believe it is due to the provocation of the Zionists. If it happens in Afghanistan, it is because of their provocation. If Sudan is oppressed, it is due to Zionist seduction. We consider all the arrogant, colonialist schemes to be inspired by the Zionists. (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad)
“The day will come when, like Salman Rushdie, the Jews will not find a place to live anywhere in the world.” (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad)
Another good example of this religious “obligation” is in the Hezbollah Theme Park. I would encourage everyone to take a look at this on the internet. The following links about this park provide a good picture of the Muslim Arab mind and its unwillingness to make peace with Israel under any circumstances.
It is clear then that the root of the conflict is not the land Israel captured in 1967 nor the formation of a Palestinian State, the real root has to do with a religious hatred for Israel and a determination to rid her from the land God gave her.
Secondly, the Palestinian issue was not caused by Israel but by the Arabs. To listen to some of the Arab spokesmen one would think that Israel took land away from an Arab Palestinian nation that had been in existence in the land prior to the establishment of the Israeli state in 1947. No such Palestinian state has ever existed. History declares that the Palestinian problem was the immediate result of the hostile aggression of several Arab nations toward the nation of Israel.
In 1948 the Arab nations surrounding the newly established nation of Israel determined to cleanse the land all Jews. Before doing so they warned their Arab brothers to vacate the land until the conflict was completed. Once the conflict was over these Arabs from Palestine could return to all they had left behind and more. Israel, however, did the unthinkable and won the war. Suddenly these displaced Arabs found themselves without a home and a means of living. The Arab nations who had convinced them to leave Palestine suddenly wanted them out of their countries. These displaced Arabs were forced back into the land of Palestine where they discovered that much of the land they originally possessed was now under Israeli control. Forced to dwell in crowded quarters, they found themselves without adequate housing, property, jobs and the necessities of life. Sadly, if they had not listened to their Arab brothers and remained in the land (as did many Arabs) they would have lost nothing.
Thirdly, Israel has never started a single war since she formed as a nation in1947. All land captured by Israel has always been as a result of the hostile attacks of its Arab neighbors. If the Arabs had not attacked in1967 the borders today would be the same as they were in 1967. In fact Israel has offered to return captured land if their Arab aggressors would enter peaceful relations with them. This was demonstrated in the return of the Sinai to Egypt in the early 80’s. Since Israel knows that hostility, terrorism and war are an ever present reality, she has been forced to hold on to much of the land she has captured in order to defend herself in case of future conflicts.
Fourthly, Israel has sought to be at peace with the Palestinian Arabs and has even offered them full rights and privileges as Israeli citizens. The Palestinians have declined such offers and have responded with terrorist attacks. By choosing to cut themselves off from peaceful relations with Israel, the Palestinians have chosen poverty. The jobs and economic benefits they could be enjoying they are now deprived of because they have forced Israel to erect fences around their lands and settlements.
Finally, this land was robbed from the Israelite nation some 1900 years ago by the Romans. It was given to them by God Himself as He gave it to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendents. What worries me most is the warning God gave concerning His people. “I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him who curses you,” Gen 12:3. I fear if we as a nation abandon the cause of Israel God may stop blessing America.
1Israel My Glory, pg. 4, May/June 2011