Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Living in Judea and Samaria for 3,285 Years and Now Jews are Illegals There?

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                        

                                       Tribes of Israel and Where They Were to Live

Jews were living in Judea and Samaria ever since about 1271 BCE which is when Moses died and sent Joshua to lead the children of Israel into Canaan.  They lived there as a Kingdom with King Saul and were there for 1,170 years until 70 CE when the Romans attacked.  Some Jews have managed to remain there all this time even though many had left as slaves or were simply fleeing from their burning city and the Roman soldiers.   Today they're considered as illegals, just as Mexicans are who are in the USA illegally.  It's like telling native Americans that they have to get out of the USA; no Indians allowed.  It brings about pangs of guilt to many Americans to realize how the whites treated the native Americans such as forcing the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma where they were allowed to live.  We seem to be slow in recognizing injustices to our fellow man and feeling that injustice.  Most can only do it in retrospect.

Any creation of a Palestine will force a half a million Jews out according to Abbas who wants a Judenrein state.(a state without even one Jew).  This little fact is thrown into the face of Jews who have taken as citizens into their Israel 1.7 million Arabs.
                            Israel and Judah and the other Neighboring Kingdoms

The Kingdom of Israel was created first, and later Judah in 933 BCE  which became Judea after the Roman invasion.  Samaria, founded in 880 BCE by King Omri,  is really Israel since Samaria was the capital.  Jerusalem was a part of Judah when the divide between the 2 states occurred.  Judea and Samaria remained Jewish states.  Samaria was attacked by the Syrians but fell in 721 BCE to Sargon II of Assyria who resettled it with Cutheans who intermingled with the remnants of the former population, and were the ancestors of the Samaritans.  It became a Macedonian colony in 331 BCE.  John Hyrcanus took Samaria in 107 BCE and razed it, but it was restored by Pompey. King  Herod renamed it Sebaste which was Greek for Augusta to honor Augustus Caesar.  He built a new wall for it, a temple of Augustus, a forum, a basilica and an aqueduct.  It was a city that was active in Roman times, especially in the 3rd century CE.  It fell apart in Byzantine times and shank to village size in the Arab period after 632 CE.  Today the name of Samaria means the entire northern region of the central highlands of Eretz Yisrael.

In 135 CE, the Romans had to fight a Jewish General for 3 years, Bar Kokhba, which was the longest period they had ever fought in those days.  It made them so angry that they renamed the land Palestine which stuck until 1948.  The land was originally named in Hebrew as Eretz Canaan and later it was called Eretz Israel. When questioned, an Arab would say he was a Syrian Arab.   It's only been in recent years that Arabs living in Palestine have called themselves Palestinians.  Jews were also living in "Palestine" and were "Palestinian Jews, but when Israel was created in 1948 they could say they were Israelis.
For 1878 years, from 70 to 1948 CE, the Land was ruled by foreign governments and never by the people which lived in it.  Its frontiers underwent changes, according to the administrative interests of the ruling power.  Its name was also changed by successive rulers to suit their needs.

An important period was the 400 years that Palestine was under the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1917. " Palestine was conquered by Turkish SultanSelim II in 1516–17, and became part of the province of Syria for the next four centuries."
When Israel was against established on May 14, 1948, we find that Jews had still been living in Judea and Samaria, our ancient land.  For some reason, the British had decided in their deliberations in holding the mandate and before was that Judea and Samaria was to become Arab land in their idea of a 2 state decision which the Arabs immediately refused.  They've held this opinion ever since until 1967 when heads of Arab states started pushing them for the idea.  The population of Israel in 1948 was 650,000.   This is when Jordan illegally  occupied the territory.  "Egypt had confiscated Jewish-owned land against international humanitarian law".

In 1967, all the Arab nations closest to Israel attacked with the aim to eliminate Israel.  A war lasting 6 days in which Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq attacked Israel and Israel, despite all odds, won against this horrendous horde. Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia supported it, and of course the PLO were the active Arab Palestinians fighting against the little state as well.   Afterwards when meeting in Khartoum in August 1967, the Arabs decided on 3 NOs.  No peace, no negotiations and no recognition of Israel.  No wonder John Kerry didn't make any advances in peace.  It had already been decided.

DateJune 5–10, 1967
LocationMiddle East
ResultDecisive Israeli victory
Israel captures the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, theWest Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and theGolan Heights from Syria.
          Israeli Paratroopers in Jerusalem at the Western Wall in 1967 After winning the War 

 Since 1948, no Jew was allowed to go in this part of Jerusalem until the luck of Jordan attacking Israel along with all the other Arab nations and losing.  They thought they'd gain all the land and that would have been the end of Israel.  No doubt the International Court would pronounce that act as legal.  Instead, Israel won.  It was their belief and trust in Moses and G-d that brought them here in the first place and undoubtedly, their belief if G-d that helped them to win this battle as well.  This was to be their land as directed by G-d who must have known what he was saying, since upon leaving by force in 70 CE, life has sucked!  They needed to be back in their own land.  Otherwise they were the scapegoats of the world, the cause of everyone's problems, so the people of those lands kept exclaiming.  No way, the only way was back home.

"The International Court of Justice advisory ruling (2004) concluded that events that came after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank by Israel, including the Jerusalem Law, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan and the Oslo Accords, did not change the status of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) as occupied territory with Israel as the occupying power."   Israel does not accept this and also has international lawyers to disprove this.   How can it still be in Jordan's hands when they attacked and lost the war?  That's the whole idea of why countries attack each other; to take land.   To me, Israel was not occupying the land, they were regaining their own land back.  It was not a part of the an Arab nation even though it had been held for such a decision in 1948.  It had been refused by the Arabs.  

After all, it had been in Jewish hands from the time of King Saul of the 11th century BCE, Israel's first king, son of Kish of the tribe of Benjamin.  It remained so until 70 CE.  That's a good 1,170 years of being  Jewish lands.  We have a very long history of inhabiting this particular piece of land.  King David lived from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE and was the 2nd king of Israel.  King Solomon, his son, was the 3rd.  .

"No nation on earth other than Britain and Pakistan recognized Jordan’s claim to Judea and Samaria. … Even the Encyclopedia Britannica, as well as official British and Ottoman records until 1950, used the term Judea and Samaria, and not the West Bank.”    "The San Remo Resolution of 1920 “recognized the exclusive national Jewish rights to the Land of Israel under international law, on the strength of the historical connection of the Jewish people to the territory previously known as Palestine."

The New Jewish Encyclopedia
Facts About Israel

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