“…Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My Name.” (Yahweh speaking, 1 Kings 11: 36)
The Promised Land and Israel
The West Bank is a, if not the, global hot spot right now. The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement is rooted in so-called “occupation” by Israel of land that belongs to so-called “Palestinians” in the West Bank.
As we know from history, it’s not as simple as that. For example, we know for a fact that no deal with Palestinians no matter how advantageous it is for them will lead to peace. The data points supporting that assertion are many, but the one that stands out in my mind is the 2000 Camp David Summit that involved President Bill Clinton (USA), Prime Minister Ehud Barak (Israel), and President Yasser Arafat (PA).
During the summit, Barak offered Arafat more than he could have dreamed of in an effort to get Arafat’s signature on an accord, but Arafat refused to accept it. See “Bill Clinton: Israel offered Temple Mount to Palestinians in 2000” and “Clinton To Arafat: It’s All Your Fault”.
Focusing on the cause du jour that Palestinians throw up to explain why they can’t accept peace with Israel is fruitless. If it’s not “occupation” it will be something else. The Temple Mount is the biggie, but it’s not on the front burner right now. Eventually, it will be.
The real problem and the one that can’t be solved politically can be traced to promises that Yahweh made to Abraham and his descendants through Isaac and Jacob/Israel. It begins in Genesis chapter 12:
7 Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh who had appeared to him. 8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to Yahweh and called upon the name of Yahweh.
It continues in Genesis chapter 13:
14 Yahweh said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16 I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.”
Yahweh repeats that promise continually, and later He actually defines Israel’s borders. If you want to know more about it, read His Name is Yahweh.
The bottom line is that all the land we call the “West Bank” is inside Israel’s borders. So is a lot of other land, but those other lands are not hot button issues today. Eventually, they will be.
The reason there can be no peace between Israel and her enemies is because Yahweh won’t allow it. In due course, there will be a treaty, but it won’t last because Yahweh will not permit Israel to trade away land that He promised to them “forever”.
If you are one of Yahweh’s faithful followers, this makes a lot of sense to you, but if you are not His, it doesn’t. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it will be until Yahweh returns. He will settle the matter once and for all in Person.
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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.