Excuse Me, But Israel Has No Right To Exist

The phrase “right to exist” entered my consciousness in the 1990s just as the concept of the two-state solution became part of our collective lexicon. In any debate at university, when a Zionist was out of arguments, those three magic words were invoked to shut down the conversation with an outraged, “are you saying Israel doesn’t have the right to exist??”

Of course you couldn’t challenge Israel’s right to exist – that was like saying you were negating a fundamental Jewish right to have…rights, with all manner of Holocaust guilt thrown in for effect.

Except of course the Holocaust is not my fault – or that of Palestinians. The cold-blooded program of ethnically cleansing Europe of its Jewish population has been so callously and opportunistically utilized to justify the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian Arab nation, that it leaves me utterly unmoved. I have even caught myself – shock - rolling my eyes when I hear Holocaust and Israel in the same sentence.

What moves me instead in this post-two-state era, is the sheer audacity of Israel even existing.

What a fantastical idea, this notion that a bunch of rank outsiders from another continent could appropriate an existing, populated nation for themselves – and convince the “global community” that it was the moral thing to do. I’d laugh at the chutzpah if this wasn’t so serious.

Even more brazen is the mass ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian population by persecuted Jews, newly arrived from their own experience of being ethnically cleansed.

But what is truly frightening is the psychological manipulation of the masses into believing that Palestinians are somehow dangerous – “terrorists” intent on “driving Jews into the sea.” As someone who makes a living through words, I find the use of language in creating perceptions to be intriguing. This practice – often termed “public diplomacy” has become an essential tool in the world of geopolitics. Words, after all, are the building blocks of our psychology.

Take, for example, the way we have come to view the Palestinian-Israeli “dispute” and any resolution of this enduring conflict. And here I borrow liberally from a previous article of mine…

The United States and Israel have created the global discourse on this issue, setting stringent parameters that grow increasingly narrow regarding the content and direction of this debate. Anything discussed outside the set parameters has, until recently, widely been viewed as unrealistic, unproductive and even subversive.

Participation in the debate is limited only to those who prescribe to its main tenets: the acceptance of Israel, its regional hegemony and its qualitative military edge; acceptance of the shaky logic upon which the Jewish state's claim to Palestine is based; and acceptance of the inclusion and exclusion of certain regional parties, movements and governments in any solution to the conflict.

Words like dove, hawk, militant, extremist, moderates, terrorists, Islamo-fascists, rejectionists, existential threat, holocaust-denier, mad mullah determine the participation of solution partners -- and are capable of instantly excluding others.

Then there is the language that preserves "Israel's Right To Exist" unquestioningly: anything that invokes the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and the myths about historic Jewish rights to the land bequeathed to them by the Almighty – as though God was in the real-estate business. This language seeks not only to ensure that a Jewish connection to Palestine remains unquestioned, but importantly, seeks to punish and marginalize those who tackle the legitimacy of this modern colonial-settler experiment.

But this group-think has led us nowhere. It has obfuscated, distracted, deflected, ducked, and diminished, and we are no closer to a satisfactory conclusion…because the premise is wrong.

There is no fixing this problem. This is the kind of crisis in which you cut your losses, realize the error of your ways and reverse course. Israel is the problem. It is the last modern-day colonial-settler experiment, conducted at a time when these projects were being unraveled globally.

There is no “Palestinian-Israeli conflict” – that suggests some sort of equality in power, suffering, and negotiable tangibles, and there is no symmetry whatsoever in this equation. Israel is the Occupier and Oppressor; Palestinians are the Occupied and Oppressed. What is there to negotiate? Israel holds all the chips. They can give back some land, property, rights, but even that is an absurdity – what about everything else? What about ALL the land, property and rights? Why do they get to keep anything – how is the appropriation of land and property prior to 1948 fundamentally different from the appropriation of land and property on this arbitrary 1967 date?

Why are the colonial-settlers prior to 1948 any different from those who colonized and settled after 1967?

Let me correct myself. Palestinians do hold one chip that Israel salivates over – the one big demand at the negotiating table that seems to hold up everything else. Israel craves recognition of its “right to exist.”

But you do exist - don’t you, Israel?

Israel fears “delegitimization” more than anything else. Behind the velvet curtain lies a state built on myths and narratives, protected only by a military behemoth, billions of dollars in US assistance and a lone UN Security Council veto. Nothing else stands between the state and its dismantlement. Without these three things, Israelis would not live in an entity that has come to be known as the “least safe place for Jews in the world.”

Strip away the spin and the gloss, and you quickly realize that Israel doesn’t even have the basics of a normal state. After 64 years, it doesn’t have borders. After six decades, it has never been more isolated. Over half a century later, and it needs a gargantuan military just to stop Palestinians from walking home.

Israel is a failed experiment. It is on life-support – pull those three plugs and it is a cadaver, living only in the minds of some seriously deluded foreigners who thought they could pull off the heist of the century.

The most important thing we can do as we hover on the horizon of One State is to shed the old language rapidly. None of it was real anyway – it was just the parlance of that particular “game.” Grow a new vocabulary of possibilities – the new state will be the dawn of humanity’s great reconciliation. Muslims, Christians and Jews living together in Palestine as they once did.

Naysayers can take a hike. Our patience is wearing thinner than the walls of the hovels that Palestinian refugees have called “home” for three generations in their purgatory camps.

These universally exploited refugees are entitled to the nice apartments – the ones that have pools downstairs and a grove of palm trees outside the lobby. Because the kind of compensation owed for this failed western experiment will never be enough.

And no, nobody hates Jews. That is the fallback argument screeched in our ears – the one “firewall” remaining to protect this Israeli Frankenstein. I don’t even care enough to insert the caveats that are supposed to prove I don’t hate Jews. It is not a provable point, and frankly, it is a straw man of an argument. If Jews who didn’t live through the Holocaust still feel the pain of it, then take that up with the Germans. Demand a sizeable plot of land in Germany – and good luck to you.

For anti-Semites salivating over an article that slams Israel, ply your trade elsewhere – you are part of the reason this problem exists.

Israelis who don’t want to share Palestine as equal citizens with the indigenous Palestinian population – the ones who don’t want to relinquish that which they demanded Palestinians relinquish 64 years ago - can take their second passports and go back home. Those remaining had better find a positive attitude – Palestinians have shown themselves to be a forgiving lot. The amount of carnage they have experienced at the hands of their oppressors – without proportional response – shows remarkable restraint and faith.

This is less the death of a Jewish state than it is the demise of the last remnants of modern-day colonialism. It is a rite of passage – we will get through it just fine. At this particular precipice in the 21st century, we are all, universally, Palestinian – undoing this wrong is a test of our collective humanity, and nobody has the right to sit this one out.

Israel has no right to exist. Break that mental barrier and just say it: “Israel has no right to exist.” Roll it around your tongue, tweet it, post it as your Facebook status update – do it before you think twice. Delegitimization is here – have no fear. Palestine will be less painful than Israel ever was.

Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East. You can follow Sharmine on twitter @snarwani.

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If you read the history of southern Syria the Land that is now the State of Israel, 95% of it was purchased by Jews and the region was being vacated at the time. Only until Jews started making it a prosperous place did you see a rise in population. Most of the Land was Sold at 10 times the going rate. Just because you may have occupied land the owners did not enforce does not give you at deed to it. There are new owners and they don't want you on that land. Deal with it. Read, "A Case for Israel"you can not deny that Syrians sold off there country.

Anonymous

Nice try but spreading Zionist lies when there is proof that Alan Dershowitz is a brazen, bare faced liar is a foolish thing to do. Norman Finkelstein reviewed his book 'A Case For Israel' & Mr Dirtywitz was made to look like the brazen liar he is. So watch Mr Finkelstein v Mr Dirtywitz Zionist. It is embarassing to be caught out lying but then when you have no morals or scruples like Dirtywitz then you deserve the public humiliation Mr Finkelstein dishes out.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DeTpKASahAc

If any previous commentators have studied the Bible and believe it is the exact word of God, you would realize that the Hebrew people (those who call themselves Jews but are not (Revelations 3:9) have no scriptural foundation to make the claim that God gave them that small parcel of land in the Middle East as an eternal homeland. For that matter God has been telling those folks (and us as well), that those people misunderstood God's edict concerning their eternal resting place. The Patriarchs, from Abraham, Issac, Jacob (nee Israel) and all of their descendants were looking for a better country, whose architect is God.

All people (who have studied what God said specifically about the Promised Land) can read Hebrews 11:8-16, which clearly and undeniably states that if that land in the Middle East (which has been historically the cause for way too much bloodshed and misery) is not the Jews' "Promised Land." Read the following scripture, slowly, and do not miss a single word.

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them, (Hebrew 11:8-16)."

Are we supposed to trust the word of God against the contrived political and religious rhetoric being promoted by Zionists who are bent on establishing a New Wold Order through their clever ploys? I think not!

Can't the world just get along with Israel? Come on guys, they had the land first! Stop complaining about it and move on! God!

Stop and take a good look at yourselves. Everyone that has posted or is about to. Is this really necessary? Calling each other names over different beliefs? We should be more civilized than that by now.
Does one person really have the right to decide whether a person lives or not? What religion is true or not? Why not just let people decide for their selves what to believe.
Stop and think.

Don't the Arab have enough land all together as it is. They own 99.5% of all Middle East Territory. Why would they want to claim palestine and not except the Jews migration to their ancient homeland. Yes I know Arabs have been living on the land for more then 1000 years. In fact they besieged Jerusalem in 636 AD. Right after a long line of different peoples who like them had taken control of the ancient Jewish nation. First were the Romans then the region was successively ruled by the Greeks, Maccabeans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mamelukes and finally the Ottoman Turks who indifferently governed the backward, neglected territory from the 16th century until the British drove them out during World War I (1914-18) due to the Balfour declaration, which the "palestines" never accepted. Ever since 63 AD the Jews have been kicked out of every land they have been in, only until 1948 did they get back their ancient homeland. The arabs that live in palestine live all over the middle-east, in fact they would live together with the Jews in Israel if they had respected the Mandate given by the UN but they don't and they probably never will they don't even want to except the Israelite proposition of partition into 2 seperate states, they swore by blood to kill all Jews and that's what they have been trying to do. They did it back in 636 AD they do it again nothing new. The solution would be a cease fire on both sides. Rocket launching is bad and thats that. But what happens when the weaker side led by a few extremist minority keeps on attacking not accepting any kind of agreement. "You don't just declare war and then count the numbers and cry" - Joan Rivers.

You're missing something important. All people who identifiy as Palestinians didn't necessarily come from the Arabian peninsula. Just because people speak Arabic or are Muslim does not mean they're predominantly from the Arabian peninsula. There is no evidence that the indigenous people were all wiped out or left in droves. So what happened to them? The Palestinians are the descendents of those that were there all along. Naturally, like all peoples there is intermarriage with neighnbours snd invaders etc..

Give back the land? You mean, as in, stop living on it? Prior to 1948 the Jews were living on land they had bought from Arab absentee landlords. It was not stolen. It was not taken by force. The Arabs who were evicted were not happy about it, but they were not the owners of the land. The land was mostly owned by Arab landlords in other parts of the Ottoman Empire before it was sold to Jews.

You liar. You thieving Zionist, ethnic cleansing liar.

Where is he lying? Those are all facts. They just do not fit your narrative.

He is lying because my family owned property & land that xxxxxxx of Jewish immigrants live on illegally. They were not absentee landlords and you refuse to give back what you took by force. Most of you know your entry date into Palestine whereas we, the Palestinians don't. It is rare to find a Jew that has a continuous presence in Palestine before 1900. You are confiscating land to this day illegally. Around 80% of Gazans are refugees from 1948.

David Ben Gurion mentioned expelling Arabs and replacing Arab villages with Jewish ones. The early Zionists did not hide their crimes. The impression I have is that many of you know what you've done, but you have a contempt towards Arabs & a superior attitude that makes you feel entittled to Palestine especially after the magnitude of persecution in Europe.

Nothing wrong with Jews living in Palestine, but demanding a country for Jews only and using terrorism & massacres to achieve a Jewish state, attacking Palestinian civilians that have nobody to defend them, invading Lebanon, bombing Lebanon & demonising Arabs as if there is no reason for any acts of violence against you other than anti-semitism is the reason why you are not accepted in the neighbourhood......The house Arab and the self deluded Arabs thankfully are a minority.

this article is full of wishful thinking. lets say for the sake of argument that the arabs completely defeat Israel in the information war, what is it going to lead to? it's going to lead to the US cutting aid to Israel, the US congress enforcing a weapons embargo on Israel and the international community imposing all kinds of economic sanctions on Israel. this makes many people think that it will force Israel to accept the terms of the arabs and abolish the jewish state... WRONG. you don't know the majority of the Israeli public, you don't know Israeli politics and you certainly didn't pay attention to a small insignificant fact: israel has nuclear weapons, and that is not supplied by the US, israel produces them itself. in this situation the most radical and religious politicians in israel would come to power and it will become even more militant (there is always a black market to buy weapons from) and they would probably deport all the arabs from israel and the west bank and nobody will be able to do jack shit about it because it means taking a risk and going to a nuclear war. israel can only be destroyed by a nuclear war or from inside.

“Israel has no right to exist.” #FreePalestine

Verily, the text above is the writer's view on this particular issue and I believe the most fundamental thing in life is to respect one another's say,and if you don't have it then I really do feel sorry that you guys are so filled with hatred. You know what they say,if you don't have anything nice to say then keep quiet. With all due respect,you guys can just write your own views own your own blogs etc. Peace and may god bless all of us :)

Ms. Narwani,
I mean you no real disrespect and hope you can give me some feedback as I educate myself. I am really just trying to learn more about this conflict and the feelings involved. I read a lot, from as many perspectives as I can. I chose to ask you this question because you have writtent a lengthy and well-organized piece that has generated significant follow-up commentary.

One question I had that would ask you is....

Who do you perceive as your audience? It seems most comments on pieces such as this from any perspective seem to subdivide into "For" and "Against"... or to generalize it is often as simple as Pro Israeli/Palestinian. A simplification, but often an apt enough starting point.

While most of us would like our work to be read and appreciated by everyone, if possible, it's not usually realistic. So I further ask,,,

Would you prefer a post such as yours above be read by (assume you must rank by priority):
1)Those sympathietic to your position (i.e. "For" or loosely "Pro Palestinian")
2) Those likely to attack your position (i.e. "Against" or loosely "Pro Isreali"
3) Those not consistently affiliated with either of the above (reasons may vary, such as conflicted feelings, perceived lack of information, desire to remain neutral... simply those not included in the positions in 1 and 2 above)

Obviously I am in (3) above--I'm learning and have no direct relationship with the conflict with the conflict other than as a citizen of the world.. And you have made my list so to the extent that you care you have covered at least one group to some extent.

But more seriously, how would you rank your preference (and for what reasons? Thank you if you should like to share. Appreciate your time and the resource you have created regardless.

Don't worry, Israel is Disraeli Benjamin. One must remember that the concept of nation needs to go. Only nature is economy. Humans have made a mockery of existence. Israel has no right to exist and neither does any other country.

Strip away the spin and the gloss, and you quickly realize that Israel doesn’t even have the basics of a normal state. After 64 years, it doesn’t have borders. After six decades, it has never been more isolated. Over half a century later, and it needs a gargantuan military just to stop Palestinians from walking home.

By your writing, there is no country in the world. Every country (such as the US and Russia) has porous borders over which illegals enter without much problem. Every country in the world has a military (except maybe Costa Rica) to either control its population (such as Syria) or keep out neighbors (such as India).
Isolated? Tel Aviv is chock full of embassies and consulates. Trade delegations were complaining that Israeli start ups were not returning their calls since so many were in the IDF fighting in Gaza.
You fantasists with your homicidal dreams. Lies, half truths and delusions.
Say hi to ISIS for me!

I congratulate you wonderful group of leaders for this country. You have made a mockery of working very hard to make America a upholder of treason. The only thing you want, believe, and must abide by largest power is to crawl to this evil so called country which is made up of the the most vile people, the khazars who have killed and killed more. There sole aim is to become the only government for the world and that is not alone, they are the architects of lying and refusing to admit it.
But our fantastic government must keep selling this once wonderful just because they become slaves to israhell. Please good americans we must support our people in the leadership of our land against falling into treason and must first protect what we hold dearly, OUR HONESTY AND OUR RELIGION AND ALSO OUR INSISTING OF BEING TREATED IN SAME MANNER. Those in government be put in jail and have their ill begotten illegal gains and call iarahell for what it is, they bribe threaten and put fear at its most dangerous.
I hope America returns to its wonderful honesty and give our American people the pride that is most needed. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MAY WE STAY TRUE TO OUR FAITH

Why did the turks rule the arabs.why do the arabs need world support.why has arab nationalism failed time and time again.most arab countries are at the mercy of western powers
why
right to exist is earned through war not left wing university waffle
if the arabs want israel they must fight for it

does "palestine" have a right to exist
no .....it has lost every single war

this article is arab propaganda,part of the resistance,trying to drum up western support for arab nationalism.
arabs must realise that too will come with a price.
standing up on another persons shoulders means you go where his legs take you.

You seem to forget that Muslims, a new and supposedly peaceful religion, invaded the Holy Land by force of arms in the mid to late 600s AD

This lead directly to the Diaspora and vicious fighting that came later with the Crusades as you occupied the Jewish homeland and territory that is sacred to Christians.

That is the core of the problem.

But under rule of the Muslim empire things were good, all 3 faiths lived in peace. It was under the Christians that crusaded the holy land just for papal power.

Simon Knowles

You are clueless. The Jewish exodus was supposedly after 70 AD after a failed uprising against the Romans. This is the narrative we are sold. There have been many rulers and cultures in Palestine and under the Muslim conquest many of the indigenous peoples converted. The Jews were never alone in Palestine and when they arrived there were many other tribes. You need to stop reconstructing history. ....even my bible goes on and on and on and on about all the other people living in Palestine.....and that Jesus spoke Aramaic.
You need to stop this Hollywood Zionist fiction that all Palestinians came riding on camels from Arabia.

What right did Europeans have to make any claim over Palestine? The Crusades were violent, vicious thugs that hated the Jews.

Only in your bible did palestine exist

Really? In all the history books Palestine is on the map. In the British archives the papers are on PALESTINE...it is always referred to as PALESTINE because Zionists hadn't sold or bribed people through the ages to rename it. How would they when most of the time there was no Zionism.

listen u forget that the Romans already removed the Jewish diaspora before islam existed and when the crusaders came and took the holy land they massacred everyone, but when Saladin retook it he made life better for everyone living inside of it, my point is the Muslims have always treated Jews and Christians and every other religion with kindness and without persecution and you might find sometimes extremists kill people because of race but doesn't every religion have that? So please educate yourself and get your facts straight and stop with the stupid bigotry your not cool kid.

Saladin was the exception to the rule. Jews and Christians were barely tolerated when not being killed. He had a Jewish doctor (Rambam) and Jewish units in his army. Exceptionally rare.
Read a book dude.

Then maybe the Jewish people should have come back and fought a war for their country instead of relying on Western superpowers to create one for them. I mean, if it was really that important to them, shouldn't they have fought harder? "Palestine has never won a war" - Israel never won the war that created it. It was plopped down into the region and then it promptly began creating an apartheid state and attacking its neighbors. Now it's murdering children in territory it controls. What a crock. Also, I am so sick and tired of basing policy on a book of fiction and a belief in a dude who lives in the clouds. It's unfortunate that Israel was created. Jews and Muslims were living peacefully together in the region before it was created. However, it's here now and we have to deal with it. At least we should be honest about what kind of country it is. It's an apartheid state. South Africa was awful but at least it didn't bomb its own citizens.

S Knowles

What are you talking about? The Byzantines massacred the Jews in Jerusalem in 637 AD. With the Muslim conquest (Rashidun Caliphate) Jews could live in Jerusalem and practice their religion. What ridiculous claims you are making that have no historical basis.

The Crusades were vicious barbarians and even killed Christians in Anatolia on their way to Palestine. Stop blaming people in the Middle East for the heinous crimes against Jews in Christian Europe. Are you one of those American Christian fundamentalist fantasists?

ISRAEL DOES NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO EXIST.

Don't bring back ancient history if you don't have ancestors living inside Gaza City, Palestine today.

If Jews are unable to talk about history, neither should you. So let's talk about the present:
Israel is thriving. Its neighbors are not.
Nuff said.

I have grown weary of the Arab demands for essentially everything while they themselves are violent and dishonest. Long live Israel!

The Israelis have established their existance.
They don't need msNarwani's blessing to maintain it.
Neither can any argument offered here change that.

no it doesnt and neither does the baathist regime or the iranian regime or the saudi regime!!

Dear Sharmine Narwani,

Thank you for your article. I hope you understand French (or you can let translate for you), because my new article could complete your own.

Hadassah BORREMAN
YECHOUROUN – JUDAISME CONTRE SIONISME
http://www.bloggen.be/yechouroun/
http://www.bloggen.be/JESJOEROEN/

Nothing like a Jewish self-hater.
Hey "Hadassah" - they hate you too, no matter how much you hate yourself (and how little affection you got as a child).

I have no problem with this article. I don't hate Jews either. But I also agree that Israel has no right to exist. God is not in the real estate business. They are indeed trading on the Holocaust. They are militants pure and simple.

Thank you for your comments. I heartily agree.

Every country in the world has had its borders decided by war. Israel is in control of the territory now and its claim has been recognized by most of the world. If Israel decides to let Palestine become a separate country, then it will be a great day for palestinians (really southern syrians). In the meantime, that will never happen if they don't play nice. History at this point is irrelevant, what matters now is what Israel decides to do next. Hopefully, they will find peaceful ways to move forward without killing innocent civilians.

I agree with you.

This is an ‘old’ article by Sharmine Narwani which I have come upon by googling the phrase ‘Israel has no right to exist.’ The reason I googled it is, I have come to hold the opinion expressed by that phrase over the past year, after having been an avid and unquestioning supporter of the ‘state of Israel’ for most of my adult life. This support was primarily dependent on my acceptance of the opinions of so-called ‘Christian prophecy’ experts, which have infected most people in the United States, whether or not they are Christians. What’s worse for me is that these same ‘experts’ are antagonistic to the Christian Church and Faith I adhere to (Orthodox), and I believed their pronouncements, even knowing that my Church does not endorse them. ‘Christian Zionism’ is the backup for political Jewish Zionism, and though they have different origins—Christian Zionism is a re-expression of American ‘Manifest Destiny’ beliefs; Jewish Zionism a reaction to centuries of Christian persecution of Jews in Europe—these two work hand in hand to produce exactly what Ms Narwani describes in this article.

I am amazed to find there is absolutely no point in her discussion that I disagree with in the least. Everything she expresses in this article I have come to from my recent rethinking of the situation. Like her, I am not advocating a Jewish bloodbath. The Jews have suffered enough from Christian, Islamic and institutionally racist Ideologies, but that is least of all an excuse for them to displace the native peoples of Palestine, selectively using Old Testament texts as justification. The solution is, as she says, an end to ‘the State of Israel’ as a Jewish national state, and the reintegration of Jews, Christians, Muslims and other native minorities into a single, democratic nation. ‘Impossible!’ would be the reaction of most Americans, but we will soon all have to face a different and more horrendous ‘impossible’—the unconditional collapse of ‘Zionist’ Israel at the very moment it takes the irrevocable path to nuclear self-defense.

Yes, Israel has no right to exist, as a geographic and political entity that displaces native peoples, whether in Palestine, or anywhere else. If my fellow Americans object, and they will come back at me with many good reasons even without making use of ‘prophecy’ proof texts, I would like to ask them how they would feel if all Jewish Israeli citizens were to be airlifted to the U.S.A. and settled in Orange County in California, or in the Gulf Coast of Florida? Of course, they would have to buy the properties they need from the current inhabitants. I know this is not really a fair comparison on one level, because these American regions are rich and highly developed, whereas Ottoman Palestine was a poor, depopulated backwater of a place when the Zionists started moving there. They have indeed ‘made a garden of paradise in the desert sand’ as Bob Dylan sings in his song ‘Neighborhood Bully,’ But we’re still stuck with the grave, even catastrophic injustice meted out to the native Palestinians, Arab by language, Christian and Muslim primarily by faith. This situation is one which we cannot continue to ignore. It simply can’t go on. The ‘prophecy peddlers’ may warn us all they want that America’s fate is dependent on our attitude towards the State of Israel, and that if we abandon it, we are doomed. I rather think it is the other way round. An America that can tolerate and support abroad what it would not tolerate at home is on very shaky ground indeed.

And if the God who spoke through the prophet Micah is who He says He is, we’re in very serious trouble.

‘What is good has been explained to you, man; this is what Yahweh asks of you: only this, to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8 Jerusalem Bible).

So, I suppose you think all American citizens should go back to the countries where their ancesters lived. Where are you headed to ?

Its not because of Israel's might, but because of God's faithfulness to His covenant that this tiny nation still stands against overwhelming odds.

What are the precise borders of the land promised to Abram’s descendants? The Lord makes them perfectly clear. Like any modern-day land purchase, the deed indicates the boundaries of the land given: from the Nile river (which is mainly modern Egypt and Sudan) to the Euphrates (modern-day Iraq).

To ensure that there is no doubt about the land’s boundaries, Scripture also indicates the different groups of people that occupy it: "...the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.” We know that these peoples lived in what is today Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, part of Asian Turkey, and of course all of Israel, including Gaza and the West Bank.

Interesting proposition but the arguments fall short on a few faulty premises. Excuse me, but you should do your homework.

1) Right-to-exist not predicated on legitimacy or illegitimacy.

Those Palestinians who who question Israel's right to exist do so on the basis that they should have all of Palestine. For Israel and Palestine to agree to a peace proposal, both countries need to acknowledge each others co-existence, and the right to exist - without which, there is no peace process.

2) Flawed knowledge of history - Palestinian refers to both Jews and Arabs from the region

The next faulty premise is that Jews are indigenous to the region, and that the current Arabs we know as Palestinians are. The term Palestinian originally applied to both Jews and Arabs living in the region, especially during the time of the Ottomans.

Further, there was, over the last few thousand years, influxes and exoduses of numerous people from and to surrounding countries.

Over time, and through numerous wars, there were times when Jews were ripped from the land, and when Arabs where ripped from the land.

Palestinians considered themselves to be descended not only from Arab conquerors of the seventh century but also from indigenous peoples who had lived in the country since time immemorial, including the ancient Hebrews and the Canaanites before them.

The current Palestinians Arabs, as we've come to know them, can only be distinguished in current context from 1834, when they organized together to form a revolt against the Egypt vassal of the Ottomans.

In other words, an Arab Palestinian nation, as nation, is less than 200 years old.

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I could go on, but without acknowledging Israel's right to exist, there is no option but for Israeli's, who don't agree with your faulty premises, to defend themselves by every means possible against an enemy that wants to dispossess them.

Further, this type of ignorance and unbending stance against nation recognized by the rest of the modern world as a sovereign state is futile.

Israel does not need Palestinian acceptance - it has that right.

What Israel needs are smart, sensible people with whom they can co-exist peacefully, or an enormous military to protect them from people who to relentlessly try to kill and dispossess them.

Israel has the latter, and for all your arguments - many nations including the U.S.A, Australia Canada and so many others were claimed from indigenous peoples through wars.

In fact, Arabs are from Arabia, which did not, historically, include Canaan , or what we know as Israel.

To question whether or not Israel has a right to exist, therefore, is a zero-sum argument.

Your reply suggests that rather than really read the article you quickly raced off to write up your counter-argument, in which you trot out all the lame-duck arguments the article pre-emptively addressed. This is counter-productive, as it just uses status-quo reasoning, which do nothing but maintain a status quo in Israel that has never worked, and as killed people on both sides for 66 years. It is time to try something different - the very thing that was supposed to happen back in 1946, but was abandoned by 1948 - the formation of a new, single, secular country of Palestine, within which people of all religions and races live together, as equals.

"The amount of carnage they have experienced at the hands of their oppressors – without proportional response – shows remarkable restraint and faith." !!!!!! What a joke.
If "proportional" number of Jews have not been killed then it is not due to lack of trying by Hamas, its due to sophisticated technology possessed by Israel that prevents the rockets fire from Gaza from annihilating them.

Sorry but its wishful thinking to try to wish away a nation. And the world is not not buying this theory of taking sides based on simply the number of causalities. Lets face it the Hamas WANTS more Palestinians to die. Its a small price to pay for the outrage and sympathy it can generate around the world.

The land was gifted to them in 1942. The UN did what they could to help a church group of Europeans that were so unloved that everyone wanted to kill them. How can a brand new nation-ISRAEL!!-! force Palestine to give them things? (they don't Deserve) It was gifted to them by the original owners that were there since time began- the PALESTINIANS . You do not Kill and bulldoze houses and take families down for over 60 years and say YOU ARE DESERVING-ISRAEL the NATION. You are not a race you were offered a land to call your 'nation,' so why didn't you make do? did not! How unkosher. Dead KIDS on the beach in GAZA — feeling sad.

Israel shall fall

This article, if printed, is wonderful fodder for insulation, bird cage fill, restroom stock or spit balls.

How arrogant to say "Roll it around your tongue, tweet it, post it as your Facebook status update – do it before you think twice."

Stating Israel has no right to exist doesn't require you to think twice, it requires you to not think at all. Anyone with any thought process or reason beyond Arab hegemony understands the tiny nation of Israel poses no threat - if the Arab/Muslim world stops trying to destroy it.

If Israel drops its weapons, it dies tomorrow. If the Arab/Muslim world drops its weapons, peace by noon.

If Palestine drops its weapons, there will be peace by noon, but freedom and self-determination never.

If Israel decides abandons its religious-based colonialsm and agrees to share land, there will be peace by noon, and freedom for everyone by 12:15.

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