JNS: After invading Arab armies were routed and the Arabs who had fled the war wanted to return, they were considered a fifth column and not invited back. The Arabs who had loyally remained in Israel during the war, however, and their descendants, are still there and make up one fifth of the population.
They are known as Israeli Arabs; they have the same rights as Christians and Jews, except they are not required to serve in the army unless they wish to.
“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality, today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese.” – PLO leader Zuheir Mohsen, interview in the Dutch newspaper Trouw, March 1977. more …
Opinion: Even Arabs believe it.
In chapter 8 of our first book Antichrist: The Search for Amalek we began with the 50 year timeline (1917-1967) of Israel’s rebirth.
Excerpt: 1967: The Six-Day War with Egypt, Jordan, and Syria was fought.
“Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. When Israel recaptured the West Bank from Jordan, King Abdullah refused to repatriate any more refugees and instead put them in internment camps.
It was in those camps, with the help of Yasser Arafat, that the name Palestinian became associated with Arabs from Jordan. Prior to 1967, Palestinian was a disparaging name for Jews living in Palestine (which was renamed Israel in 1948)”.
But long time readers of this blog know that the Arab Palestinian problem goes back much farther than 1917. With the help of extra-Biblical writings of the Talmud and Midrash, the account of the twins, Jacob and Esau, becomes clear.
From the Jewish website Aish, in a section called ‘Ask The Rabbi’, a post called “Wiping Out Amalek” (here):
“People can greatly misconstrue when quoting things out of context. Practical application of Jewish law cannot be learned from the literal text of the Bible. There is an accompanying oral law (the Talmud), and only in this context can understand this mitzvah.
Imagine a refugee family leaving their belongings behind and trudging down the road in search of another place to live. The children, who are tired and weak from all the traveling, would be considered especially vulnerable. Imagine now that terrorists brazenly attack the children. That is Amalek.
Amalek came and ferociously attacked the weak Jews fleeing Egypt, as it is written, “Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt, that he encountered you on the way, and he struck those lagging at the rear, when you were tired and exhausted, and he did not fear God.” (Deuteronomy 25:18).
But why? Why did Amalek have such hatred for Jacob? Once again the extra-Biblical writings tells us: “The Midrash says that when Esau was getting old he called his grandson Amalek and said: “I tried to kill Jacob but was unable. Now I am entrusting you and your descendants with the important mission of annihilating Jacob’s descendants – the Jewish people. Carry out this deed for me and do not show mercy.”
True to his mission, Amalek’s descendants have historically tried to carry out Esau’s deadly request for almost 4 millennia.
“Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” Exodus 17:16