Arab Claims of Sovereignty over the Land of Israel

While in the Torah we find that G-d promised Abraham/Isaac/Jacob that their offspring would receive the Land of Israel (the Land of Canaan in the Torah), we also find that G-d promised Ishmael, the eldest son of Abraham, that he would be made into a great nation. In other words the Jewish people, amongst others things, were promised sovereignty rights over the Land of Israel while the Arabs, via Ishmael, were promised to be made into a great nation.

Perhaps this is the reason that in Islam, the religion which the Arabs brought to the world, there is the concept of the ummah, the nation of Islam, but no corresponding concept that attaches the ummah to one specific land.

This being the case, it appears that the ongoing Arab claim to rights of sovereignty over parts of the Land of Israel infringes upon the blessing that was given to the Jewish people. The Arabs were only promised peoplehood but not a specific land. This is very clear from the Torah.

Wait a minute, if the Arabs don’t read the Torah how are they supposed to know this?! Thus it appears that the problem is not with the Arabs but rather with the Jews. In other words if we, the Jewish people, are not familiar with the promise of the land or yet worse we reject it, then like a vacuum someone else will be pulled into the empty space in order to declare sovereignty over it. This, in a nutshell, is what is happening.

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4 Responses to Arab Claims of Sovereignty over the Land of Israel

  1. monostor says:

    The Arabs do not need to read the Torah for they have their own guide, the Koran. I am not going to quote specific verses, but there are those that state unequivocally that a territory, any territory once ruled by Muslims, will always be Muslim even if it had been lost for a while. That’s the premise used by the Muslim nation when stating that Israel has no place on the map, not even as small as a postal stamp, according to a statement made years ago by a South African Imam. As a remedy of the situation I would rather suggest that the Israelis and many Westerners start to read the Koran to understand what motivates the enemy in his quest for world domination. It is more than just reconquering lost territories, it is the imposition of a religion, theirs, a way of life, theirs, and a jurisprudence also theirs that they see fit to be adhered to.

    • Yoel Meltzer says:

      Thanks for your reply Monostor. Obviously the Arabs don’t read the Torah and that’s the reason I wrote “…. if the Arabs don’t read the Torah how are they supposed to know this?! Thus it appears that the problem is not with the Arabs but rather with the Jews……” Like many things I write I’m trying to turn the Jewish people inward to rediscover who they and what is our connection to the Land of Israel. But what you wrote is also true, namely that it would be worthwhile if many Israelis and Westerners starting reading what the Arabs say themselves.

      Yoel

  2. monostor says:

    Thanks Yoel, I should’ve said: they, the Arabs, do not read the Torah, indeed ! My contention was and is that many Israelis don’t have a clue about what they are up against.

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