What the Palestinians should worry about is pushing the Jews too far. After nearly 2,000 years of exile from their homeland, they’ve returned, and nothing will reverse that divine decree. Push the Jews too far and you might just get a Jewish backlash, “Jewish Days of Rage.” The Syrian-Greeks pushed us too far, the Mityavnim (the Hellenized Jews) pushed us too far, and then Matityahu, his sons, and other loyal Jews stood up and began a guerrilla war against the Hellenistic occupation. And let’s remember, the Maccabees were victorious.
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Palestinian supporters should shut-up too. They’re on the wrong side of history. After a thousand years of anti-Semitism in Europe culminating in the Holocaust, Europe has nothing to teach us about morality. Their moral compass broke eons ago.
The Muslim anti-Jewish narrative is a Big Lie too. Real Muslims, who know the Quran, know that G-d promised the land to the people of Israel, and promised to bring them back to it.
Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi for example, supports the Jewish divine right to the Land of Israel, and backs his positions with citations from the Koran and traditional Muslim sources. He has a doctorate in Islamic Sciences from the Institute for Islamic Studies and Research in Naples (by authorization of the former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia), and ijazzah (authorization to teach) both Koranic exegesis and Islamic law from the prestigious University of al-Azhar as-Sharif in Cairo.
Palazzi believes that the Koran clearly states (Sura 5:21), that G-d granted the Land of Israel to the Children of Israel, and ordered them to settle there. In addition, it is predicted that before the end of days, God will bring the Children of Israel to retake possession of the Land, gathering them from the different countries and nations (Sura 17:104).
Sheikh Palazzi argues that Muslim religious opposition to the existence of Israel is not grounded within classical Muslim religious texts, which actually do support Israel’s right to exist. But was created by the Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini, Hitler’s friend. Husseini it must be remembered, collaborated with both Italy and Germany during World War II by making propagandistic radio broadcasts, and helped the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS, who guarded train tracks to death camps.
And Palazzi’s not alone, there’s Khaleel Mohammed, a professor of Religion at San Diego State University, in California. He’s a member of Homeland Security Master’s Program, and a core faculty member of SDSU’s Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies. He studied Islamic law at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and has a PhD in Islamic law from McGill University in Montreal.
Mohammed agreed with Palazzi in a 2004 interview, in which he stated that Sura 5:21 of the Quran, and the medieval exegetes of the Quran, say that Israel belongs to the Jews. He says of Israel, “It’s in the Muslim consciousness that the land first belonged to the Jews. It doesn’t matter if the Jews were exiled 500 years or 2000 years, the Holy Land, as mentioned in Quran belongs to Moses and his people, the Jews.”
Then there’s Sheikh Ahmad Adwan, a Muslim scholar living in Jordan, who declared on his Facebook page in 2014 that, Palestine doesn’t exist, and that Jews are the inheritors of Israel (Sura 26:59).
Adwan insisted, “I say to those who distort…the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it ‘The Holy Land’ and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment,” (Sura 5:21).
“Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land. Therefore you won’t succeed, and Allah will fail you and humiliate you, because Allah is the one who will protect them (i.e. the Jews),” warned Adwan.
The Jews are a peaceful people according to Adwan, who says “if they are attacked, they defend themselves while causing as little damage to the attackers as possible. It is an honor for them that Allah has chosen them over the worlds – meaning over the people and the Jinns (spiritual creatures) until the Day of Judgment…When Allah chose them, He didn’t do so out of politeness, and He wasn’t unjust to other peoples, it is just that they (the Jews) deserved this.”
And, there are plenty of other Muslim scholars who acknowledge Israel’s rights, go do the research.
So, after President Trump’s recent speech officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in which he said, “…we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done,” why are the Palestinians really rioting? Why were several rockets shot into Israel from Gaza? Why is Hezbollah, Hamas, Turkey, Iran, the Arab League, the UN, even North Korea, and the rest of the usual gang screaming?
It seems that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman proposed that the village of Abu Dis become the future capital of Palestine instead of East Jerusalem, during Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Riyadh last month. Abu Dis is a town just outside the E. Jerusalem city limit. According to the Oslo Accords, it is classified as Area B, which is administered jointly by both Israel and the PA. Salman gave Abbas two months to respond to the offer.
According Palestinian sources, the proposal offered Palestinians a non-contiguous mini-state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza – the West Bank administrative areas A and B and 10 percent of area C – with limited self-government, while the majority of Israeli towns and villages (settlements) would remain, and Israel would be responsible for security on the borders with Jordan & Egypt. This sounds very similar to what Netanyahu has been pushing for years.
The proposal does not grant Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants living in other countries, the right of return to Israel. See my article “Who is a Palestinian Refugee?” (2003) to better understand that Big Lie.
It seems Abbas and Hamas have taken a page out of Arafat’s playbook. During the Camp David Summit in July, 2000, US president Bill Clinton, Israeli PM Ehud Barak and PA chairman Yasser Arafat met, but the summit ended without an agreement. Just as Arafat started the Oslo War (second intifadah) after being offered almost everything – 92% of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza – and then rejecting it, Abbas might just be starting another war also.
Notice carefuly, Trump during his speech didn’t say “undivided capital.” Trump continued, “We are not taking a position on…specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem…Those questions are up to the parties involved.” So let’s just be clear. This “recognition” doesn’t preclude the re-division of Jerusalem into the capitals of Israel and a Palestinian state.
US Public Law 104-45, The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, was adopted by the Senate (93–5), and the House (374–37). The act declares it to be US policy that:
(1) “Jerusalem remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic religious group are protected.” (There is physical division and there is functional division, what did congress mean?)
(2) “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel (Which Trump just did); and”
(3) “the United States Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem no later than May 31, 1999.” (But presidents were provided with a six-month waiver option, which Trump just signed.)
“Consistent with the Jerusalem Embassy Act,” Trump promised to direct, “the State Department to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
In pursuance of that act, a potential site for the future US Embassy, has been demarcated by Israel and the US, and is maintained in the neighborhood of Talpiot (in W. Jerusalem). Again, proof that E. Jerusalem could be negotiable, from the US perspective.
Trump also said, “Jerusalem is today, and must remain, a place where Jews pray at the Western Wall, where Christians walk the Stations of the Cross, and where Muslims worship at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Let’s be clear, whether the “Palestinians” get a mini-state with Abu Dis as their capital; or somehow part of E. Jerusalem is relabeled, so that they can claim E. Jerusalem is the capital of their state. And, the Arab occupation of the Jewish people’s holiest site, the Temple Mount continues. All these scenarios are unacceptable to today’s Maccabees. Remember, the first Maccabees also fought to get the Syrian-Greek occupation, off the Temple Mount.
Judaism, Christianity (in spite of what the Pope said recently), and yes even authentic Islam, all recognize the Jewish people’s exclusive rights over it’s ancient homeland, the Land of Israel, and that includes all of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians should beware. The world should beware. Push the Jews too far and you might just get a Jewish backlash, “Jewish Days of Rage,” today’s Maccabees, the IDF, in action.
Hanukkah is here!!!
Ariel Natan Pasko, an independent analyst and consultant, has a Master’s Degree specializing in International Relations, Political Economy & Policy Analysis. His articles appear regularly on numerous news/views and think-tank websites and in newspapers. His latest articles can also be read on his archive: The Think Tank by Ariel Natan Pasko.
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