Lately, News has been swirling about certain American government officials trying to serve up yet another land for peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis. Capturing the world’s attention, this concept has been an ongoing process for years and will probably continue until Israel cedes to all of the conditions.
During the Camp David Accords in 1978, Menachem Begin, the sixth Israeli Prime Minister, met with Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat at the White House, along with American President Jimmy Carter. After much negotiation, a Peace Treaty was signed between Israel and Egypt with numerous main objectives: Israel ceding the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt, Israel retaining the West Bank, Israel’s right to exist in peace and safety, Israel’s withdrawal of the occupied territories that were gained in the Six-Day War while ensuring Israel’s safety would not be breached and securing an undivided Jerusalem.
Fast forward. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush addressed Congress with a proposal to create a new order in the Middle East. This led to the Oslo Accords Declaration of Principles as a means to create an Arab-Israeli Peace Treaty. This land for peace deal stipulated the creation of a Palestinian Authority (Palestinian Liberation Authority) giving the Palestinians the right to self-governance. Both parties had to recognize each other’s right to exist in peace and security and renounce all violence and terrorism. Israel agreed and would also agree to cede the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to the Palestinians.
In 2001, the Taba Summit was a failed attempt to further the Peace Treaty between the PLO and Israel. The questions raised at that time were: sovereignty of air space, governance of Jerusalem, the Palestinian refugee problem and Israel’s right to exist in peace and safety. During all of these years of peace talks there were numerous clandestine meetings with world leaders, yet Israel still experiences violence and terrorism from her neighbors. As of late, President Obama has joined in at the bargaining table, trying to entice Israel to give up more of their land for peace. Israel’s current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has created a stalemate by claiming that Israel will not go back to the 1967 borders because that would make Israel indefensible. He also said that Israel is keeping the West Bank, not dividing Jerusalem and that the Palestinian refugee problem is not Israel’s concern, as Israel has their own Jewish refugees coming into their land.
The Book of Romans 9:7 states, “Nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, in Isaac your seed shall be called.” God is stating here that although the Arab descendants of Ishmael came from Abraham, the true sons of Abraham are from Isaac. The land covenant was made between God and Abraham and descended to Isaac, then to Jacob and then to Jacob’s twelve sons – who became the twelve tribes of Israel; they are the true heirs of the land of Israel.
The Lord promised to return His people to the land of Israel after they were scattered throughout the world (the Diaspora) for many years. “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, And say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flocks” (Jeremiah 31:10).
God promises to restore Israel and prosper her in Ezekiel 36:7-10, which states, “Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘I have raised My Hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame. But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.
Psalm 83 is a cry out to God to defend his inheritance, Israel: “Do not keep silent O God! Do not hold your peace, And do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, ‘Come and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You: the tents of Edom (Esau), and the Ishmaelites; Moab (Jordan), the Hagrites (Egypt), Gabal (Lebanon), Ammon (Jordan), Amalek (Sinai Peninsula), Philistia (Gaza Strip), and the inhabitants of Tyre (Lebanon), and Assyria (Syria), also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot.” Today, these nations are a thorn in the side of Israel and are being supported by other radical nations.
God has promised to treat every person and nation according to how they have treated Israel. “And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you, I will curse (Genesis 12:3).” And in Ezekiel 35, God promises to deliver to bloodshed all those who have loved bloodshed against His people Israel. It is no secret that certain nations wish to see Israel destroyed; it is still written in the Palestinian Charter and openly professed by enemies of Israel. This is diametrically opposed to God’s plan for Israel and these nations will one day reap what they have sown – God has warned against dividing His land.
“For behold, in those days and at that time, When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; And I will enter into judgment with them there, On account of My people Israel, Whom they have scattered among the nations; They have also divided up My land.” God’s warning cannot be any clearer; America will reap God’s wrath if she continues to encourage Israel to give up His land for peace.