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Op-Ed: About That ?Palestinian? State

Yes, Arafat wants Jerusalem... and I want to play center field for the New York Yankees. The one entitlement is as deserving as the other.
Published: Tuesday, March 04, 2003 3:35 PM


Dear Mr. President,

Do you truly believe that Arafat has rights to Jerusalem? Scripture says otherwise: ?Blessed is the Lord from Zion, who dwells in Jerusalem.?

Mr. President, you are a man of faith. You frequently mention the Almighty in your speeches, as when, remembering Leviticus, you said: ?The liberty we prize... is God?s gift to humanity.? You have been quoted as saying, ?I welcome faith to help solve the nation's deepest problems.?

So it is disappointing and astonishing to find you in support of a Palestinian Arab state within the boundaries of Biblical Israel, as originally outlined in your ?two-state solution? speech of June 24, 2001. Through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Land of Israel was deeded to the Jews ? a ?one state solution?.

?To you will I give this Land,? said God to Jacob, not to Mohammed. Yet, you favor a "Quartet" and a "road map" that would chop Israel into pieces and create a homeland to the very people God commanded the Israelites to drive out, ?lest they become as a snare unto you.? These pre-Israel Canaanites were worshipers of Moloch, the ?god? that demanded child sacrifice -- a ritual still vigorously practiced today, by the people who strap their children with explosives and send them out to commit self-sacrifice and murder.

To these people of Moloch you award a state?

You are a God-fearing man, a man like King David, who follows his convictions even against the warbling of the mixed multitudes. Your steadfastness is a blessing to those of us who are proud to be Americans, Christians and Jews. You read the Psalms, so surely you draw strength from King David, who wrote: ?He who is a God-fearing man, in him, God instructs the path to choose.? But when it comes to Israel, Mr. President, your path is not righteous. How can you, a man of the Bible, join these nations that call upon the dismantling of God's Covenant, when instead you should join the Psalmist: ?The Lord has annulled the counsel of the nations; He has foiled the schemes of peoples.?

Against those who wage treachery, your Biblical wisdom demands that you heed the following: ?Do not touch My anointed ones, and do not harm My Prophets.?

Who, indeed, are these people, these Palestinians who demand a share of Israel? Today?s Palestinians were never a distinct nation and have never even had a distinct Palestinian heritage. The very term ?Palestinian? to mean a defined Arab people came about only as recently as 1964. Has there ever been a single ?Palestinian? Judge, King or Prophet within the Land of Israel?

However, from Joshua?s conquest onward, the Land was ruled for centuries by Judges, Kings and Prophets. From David to Zedekiah, from Amos to Malachi, all were Jews. None were ?Palestinian? Arabs. By what historical legitimacy, then, do the Arabs assert rights to even an inch of God?s Everlasting Covenant?

The Jewish presence in the Land of Israel has endured for some 4,000 years and remains fixed to this very day further upon the word of God to Jacob: ?and to thy seed after thee will I give the Land.?

Yes, Arafat wants Jerusalem... and I want to play center field for the New York Yankees. The one entitlement is as deserving as the other.
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Jack Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller Indecent Proposal and is a former radio and newspaper editor covering the Mideast, as well as a former American volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces. His columns can be read online at http://www.comteqcom.com/jackcolumn.php and he can be reached at JackEngelhard@ComteQcom.com.
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