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Trump Declares Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan Heights

A decision backed by centuries of wartime precedent

In the face of fierce ongoing international opposition, President Trump declared Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond, and then held a joint news conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

As President Trump intimated, it’s about time!  It should never have taken 52 years for the United States (or the rest of the world) to recognize what has been long-established wartime precedent: To the victor go the spoils.  In the excerpt below from Chapter 23 of Israel in the Middle, you will find the background of Israel’s conquest over Jordan, Egypt, and Syria to gain rightful possession of the Golan Heights.

Excerpt - Israel in the Middle (CH. 23 The Miracle of Israel)

 

For those who are still skeptical regarding Israel’s right of possession, I have included International Court of Justice Judge Stephen M. Schwebel’s eloquent legal defense of Israel’s right of possession over all of Israel, including Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights.

It follows that the application of the doctrine of according no weight to conquest requires modification in double measure. In the first place, having regard to the consideration that, as between Israel, acting defensively in 1948 and 1967, on the one hand, and her Arab neighbors, acting aggressively in 1948 and 1967, on the other, Israel has better title in the territory of what was Palestine, including the whole of Jerusalem, than do Jordan and Egypt (the UAR indeed has, unlike Jordan, not asserted sovereign title), it follows that modifications of the 1949 armistice lines among those States within former Palestinian territory are lawful (if not necessarily desirable), whether those modifications are, in Secretary Rogers’s words, “insubstantial alterations required for mutual security” or more substantial alterations – such as recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem. In the second place, as regards territory bordering Palestine, and under unquestioned Arab sovereignty in 1949 and thereafter, such as Sinai and the Golan Heights, it follows not that no weight shall be given to conquest, but that such weight shall be given to defensive action as is reasonably required to ensure that such Arab territory will not again be used for aggressive purposes against Israel. For example – and this appears to be envisaged both by the Secretary of State’s address and the resolution of the Security Council – free navigation through the Straits of Tiran shall be effectively guaranteed and demilitarized zones shall be established. (Source: Schwebel, Stephen M. Justice in International Law: Selective Writings of Judge Stephen M Schwebel. Cambridge University Press. 1994, p. 524)

The international community may have sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, but they are on the wrong side of history and international law.  The problem isn’t Israel’s right of possession or Israel’s desire to live peaceably with its neighbors.  It’s with the Arab community’s refusal to recognize or negotiate with Israel in good faith, as evidenced by the 1967 Khartoum Resolution.

The Arab Heads of State have agreed to unite their political efforts at the international and diplomatic level to eliminate the effects of the aggression and to ensure the withdrawal of the aggressive Israeli forces from the Arab lands which have been occupied since the aggression of June 5. This will be done within the framework of the main principles by which the Arab States abide, namely, no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country. (Source: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/the-khartoum-resolutions)

Israel is always blamed for turmoil in the Middle East and as occupiers of Palestinian land, but as the chapter excerpt above from Israel in the Middle illustrates, Israel has repeatedly shown their willingness to offer concessions in exchange for peace.  It’s the Arab world that refuses to reciprocate.

Worse than being on the wrong side of secular history and wartime precedent, those who oppose Israel’s right of possession are on the wrong side of God’s edict that the land belongs to Israel, which even the Quran verifies.

O People of the Scripture, there has come to you Our Messenger to make clear to you [the religion] after a period [of suspension] of messengers, lest you say, “There came not to us any bringer of good tidings or a warner.” But there has come to you a bringer of good tidings and a warner. And Allah is over all things competent.

And [mention, O Muhammad], when Moses said to his people, “O my people, remember the favor of Allah upon you when He appointed among you prophets and made you possessors and gave you that which He had not given anyone among the worlds.

O my people, enter the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you and do not turn back [from fighting in Allah ‘s cause] and [thus] become losers.” [Qur’ān 5:19-21]

President Trump may be imperfect, but he is boldly standing with Israel in a way no other president has ever dared.  Kudos to you, Mr. President!

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  1. I wonder why the main stream media will not print articles like this. Do you think they have an agenda different from the truth?
    Those who do not stand with Israel are against Israel.
    This is God’s world, His creation, and His rules. He gave Israel to the Jews, not to any other Nation. Trying to steal a gift that God gave is not a good choice to make. Read the whole Bible and see how He defends Israel and judges the nations that come against Israel.

  2. Interesting material…Thank you.It confirms things I have long thought to be true about Mohammed…He had an inferiority complex..He was a pedophile…He was an abuser of women..He was paranoid…He was guilty of massacres of Jewish people..and he was probably psychotic at least at times. His “visions” were probably quite unreliable as his mental state was unstable. This does not mean that he did not have valuable insights but it does indicate that his movement was born out of fear and violence. Christ on the other hand seems to have had a relatively stable childhood and grew up to be a wise and humble teacher. His early followers tended to reflect that emotional stabilityI fear that you do limit his teaching my friend as many conservative Christians do. Many of the deeper truths of his work were hidden, couched in metaphors and stories in part to protect sources but also so as only those who ready could penetrate the teachings and find the deeper truths. Jesus spent many years in India and Tibet and incorporated much of these teachings into his work. This is not generally accepted by Christians but is well documented. Unfortunately you seemed to have become mired in the exoteric teachings of Christianity. There is a much deeper level of understanding my friend…I refer you for starters to The Yoga of Jesus…a lovely volume by Paramahansa Yogananda . Your comments about Trump are disturbing. Conservative Christians like yourself seem content to adopt a head in the sand approach when it comes to the vacuous morality of this man and his racist and quite violent approach to people who do not see things as he does. Greed and the illusion of power have been driving forces in the US from the day the first settlers set foot on a strange shore. I hope those who believe in the qualities of the heart as Christ taught will eventually see the destruction that is being caused in their name and perhaps take steps to rectify same.. We are living in the days of Noah and the false prophets (such as Trump) are out and about. Anyone who preaches division as he does is no emissary for the greater good…Be well my friend…I hope your Path opens up into Light and Love and again Thank You for taking the time to inform.

    1. Thanks for joining the conversation, Keith. I’m not sure what the Yoga of Jesus is, but I can tell you the teachings of the Bible are wholly incompatible with the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. There is no other path to true enlightenment than the path Jesus established. I find it interesting how every major world religion embraces Jesus, except Judaism, which makes perfect sense. At least their honest. They reject Jesus, as ever other religion should if they’re being honest. Instead, the other religions claim to embrace Him out of necessity since they can’t deny Him, yet they change the central message of Who He is and what he taught. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross is the only means of forgiveness of sins, and as a result, the only path to Heaven.

      As for Donald Trump, I am perfectly aware of his flaws. We all have flaws. Unfortunately, you are making the mistakes I have witnessed many others make.

      First, he isn’t a religious leader, he is a political leader. He is the President of the United States. The United States may have been formed under the guidance of biblical principles, but it is a secular institution. It does not represent Christianity. That said, Donald Trump was a far better choice to represent my politically conservative ideals than Hillary Clinton. Trump may not be perfect, but he is making great strides to restore many things that are currently wrong with our political system.

      Second, despite the United State’s many flaws created by political agendas and greed, it is still the most sought-after country in the world for those seeking freedom, and it is the single-largest benefactor in the world when it comes to nations in need due to natural disasters. Yes, our leaders have flaws, as all countries do, but they still seem to do an incredible amount of good.

      At the end of the day, I wish the individuals in every country could be represented on the world stage before our leaders promulgate conflict. For the most part, the individual citizens of each country want similar things: A safe environment for their families, a means of support to provide for their families, and enough time to enjoy our families. We’re not that different.

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