The Palestinians are not a heritage, they are a nouveau creation as a result of WWI. Philistine defined a land – not a people. The present day “Palestinians” were comprised of various clans and tribes that fought against their fellow Arabs of the Ottoman Empire. The land never ‘belonged’ to them, they simply squatted there as Bedouins, roamers who refused to pay taxes. The land belonged to the Ottoman Empire, and when they lost WWI, Britain confiscated all the territories and divvied it up however they saw fit.
Today, 65% of Israeli Jews identify as secular or non-religious or atheist. But they are still the Jewish people, booted out of every country.
It is complicated.
It is these Arabs that have become a people without a home – and no one wants them. While the British and the UN created the problem in 1948, they have been unable to solve it.
The ‘discussions’ for a two state agreement, and there have been numerous, have been ongoing for fifty years with NO resolution. Still, the UN demands that someone figure it all out – because they can’t. What they can do is condemn from afar, like Pharisees on thrones. But even the nation that apportioned the EU land after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, can’t find a solution that Israel and Palestinian Arabs agree on. Instead, they seem to want Jerusalem to become a non-entity city belonging to ‘the churches’; Jewish, Christian and Islam. Something like Vatican City – except that Vatican City belongs to one church – Catholic.
I don’t imagine they would be too keen on the idea of apportioning Vatican City…
Fighting between the ‘Palestinians’ and Israeli’s is a near daily occurrence and has been for fifty years. The UN has done nothing to resolve the situation. Europe has done nothing to resolve the situation. The Middle East has refused to partition any of the land on behalf of the “Palestinians” because they know full well that they themselves expelled all the Jews from their lands during WWI and again during WWII.
It was the British who initiated the creation of an Israeli state after WWII given the Jewish people had been extricated from their homes in Europe and throughout the Middle East. It was an acceptable solution and let the Middle East off the hook of reinstating what they had taken. What it didn’t do was gratify the Arabs then living in Palestine. However, NO Arab country was willing to take them in with the exception of Jordan which now houses over 2 million or about 1/3 of the population. Most of the Palestinians in Jordan live in refugee camps – they are not granted citizenship or recognized by their fellow Arabs. Isn’t that rather odd?
And yet, these same nations within the Middle East demand Israeli land be given to the “Arabs” living in Palestine, and most importantly, Jerusalem. But the Palestinians didn’t even exist as a people historically, so giving them Jerusalem has no basis in law, Biblical heritage, or fact.
The Pope has weighed in stating that everyone must respect the status quo – but the problem is there is NO STATUS QUO, and there hasn’t been for fifty years, it is a perilous angst that has no end.
The end game is – do nothing out of fear – and hope that a miracle changes the hearts and minds of – everyone. The absurdity of no action is to believe that ‘inaction’ will somehow create – action because of God’s sovereignty. But that’s not how it works. Action is a part of God’s sovereignty. Taking a stance will require – a stance to be taken.
The Jewish people, whether by culture or by religion, have been wasted of their homes and land and possessions that were confiscated by the EU and the Middle East. They were granted a paltry speck of land that is now called Israel, in compensation. Despite the fact that the historical value is just as tremendous for the Christians of the world, most are quite willing to make a statement of ownership – because ownership does not mean anyone else is prohibited, it simply is a fact of title. Christians and Muslims alike may still visit. We don’t demand to be on the title proclamation! Because that isn’t important.
What is important, is finally making a decision, moving forward, and ending seventy years of endless tit-for-tat fighting.