Friday, May 25, 2018

Facts About Israel That You May Not Have Known But Should in Today's World

Nadene Goldfoot                                 
Israel is made up of only 8,019 square miles having lost 80% of land promised to them from the League of Nations and the United Nations.  Like former President Bush has said, it could fit into his ranch's driveway.

It's smaller than El Salvador which is 8,123 sq. miles
                          New Jersey which is 8,729 sq. miles
                          Taiwan        which is 13,731 sq miles
                          United Kingdom   is 94,525 sq miles
                          California   which is 158,302 sq miles
                          France        which is 211,209 sq miles

And the Middle East:

Israel's land mass is about  1/625th (1/6 of 1% of the size of the Arab World .)  Israel has 6 million Jews and 1.7 million Arabs as citizens.  7.7 million total.
The Arab League is made up of 22 countries:  Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, and Wikipedia includes the Palestinian Authority which is not an actual state, but Palestine is a member of the Arab League.
Speaking of the Muslim majority World, that is made up of 48 countries, trying to add Palestine on as the 49th.  Countries belonging to it are-from biggest to smallest:

Indonesia, Pakistan,Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Algeria, Morocco, Iraq, Afghanistan, Malaysia,Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Yemen, Syria, Kazakhstan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, Guinea, Soalia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Sierra Leone, Libya, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Chad, Lebanon, Kuwait, Albania, Mauaritania, Oman, Kosovo, The Gambia, Bahrain, Comoros, Qatar, Djibouti, Brunei, Maldives, and the 48th is the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

In the world there were in 2010 300 million Middle Eastern Arabs and Muslims
There are today, 6 million Jews living in Israel, 6 million Jews in the USA and 2 million scattered, 14 million altogether.

Lebanon used to be ruled by the minority Christians, with Major Hadad as Israel's friend helping to patrol  her borders.   Israel is the only Middle East country today where the Christian population is thriving instead of disappearing like the Lebanese Christians.   Between 1948 and 1998, Israel's Christians grew 4 times over.  from 34,000 to 130,000.

That's pretty amazing since Christianity in the world numbers to 2 billion people.
Islam.............................................................................................. 1.3 billion
Hinduism:                                                                                   900 million people
Buddhism                                                                                    360 million people
Judaism..........................................................................................14 million people

Religious majority in countries around the world are:

1 Jewish state:  ISRAEL
4 Hindu states:
12 Eastern Orthodox states
20 Protestant states
49 Roman Catholic states
56 Islamic states

Israel was occupied by the Romans who finally destroyed their Temple and Jerusalem in 70 CE.  They've been without their own home till May 14, 1948 CE.  However, there was always a continuous Jewish presence living in Israel for the past 3,000 years.  It's a part of Judaism, written in the Tanakh (Old Testament) that this was their land.
What the League of Nations had promised to be the Jewish Homeland
Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire for past 400 years.
The Turks lost it because they sided with the Germans in WWI
The Allies had won against the Axis.  
In 1899, Yusuf diya al-Khalidi, Arab mayor of Jerusalem  was for the rebirth of Israel.  But then Haj Amin al-Husseini, the notorious Sherif of Jerusalem AKA the Grand Mufti, was against the development of Israel.He was thinking of his infamous position there and didn't intend to lose it to the Jews.  The odd thing is that he received this position from an English Jew, part of those holding the 30 year mandate, a responsibility of governing awarded to them by the League of Nations before turning the land over to the Jews.

"Emir Faisal, a leader of the Arab world in 1919 said, "It is manifestly right that the scattered Jews should have a national center and a national home and be reunited, and where else but in Palestine, with which for 3,000 years they have been intimately and profoundly associated."  This is why he was a leader.  He was honest, well educated and not anti-Semitic.  These were the days when all things were possible.  It was the days when the Jews planned on an Israel of a Utopia for themselves and Arabs living with them.  No one counted on the nastiness that the Grand Mufti could create, or the change in Islamic beliefs that seemed to occur.  Jews had lived in Arab counties not as citizens but as 2nd class people; as dminnis  with restrictions, some worse in different countries.  They'd never been totally sought after to be killed outright.


An aside:  I had not realized that the original size of Israel had included Jordan and 80% of the Jewish Homeland had been lopped off to satisfy the Saudi Arabian Prince who got it and renamed it Trans-Jordan.  I found out through my good Muslim friend, a Syrian.  I do have a few Muslim friends that are as aware of the Middle East situation and are rooting for Israel's rights to exist and I bless them everyday for their friendship.  May G-d also keep bless them and keep them safe.  They are helping to open the eyes of their compatriots.

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