ISRAEL - Abbas Warns Against Annexing Jordan Valley

Arno Froese

Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to cancel all agreements with Israel if the Jewish State applies Israeli law to the Jordan Valley in a speech at the United Nations.

“We have the right to defend our rights by any means, regardless of the consequences,” he argued. "While we remain committed to international law and the fight against terrorism—our hands will remain extended in peace.”

“Despite everything my people have suffered, injustice, occupation and oppression, we still hold on to the hope that we will achieve our freedom and independence like the other nations of the world,” he said.

Abbas added: “The settlements are a blatant violation of international law. We thank leaders who said that the Palestinian issue is still central to the entire world.”

He asked the representatives of the states: “What would you do if someone would take your country’s land and try to kick you out of it? I urge the international community to put an end to this Israeli aggression. It is time to make one decision regarding our issue.”

Abbas also defended the PA’s payments to terrorists and vowed to continue the payments. “Even if I had just one coin, I will give it to the families of the martyrs, prisoners and heroes.”, 26 September 2019

Arno's commentary

The words of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas are crystal clear: Israel has no right to exist. Over and again, one reads and hears proclamations by Arab-Palestinians that the state of Israel was established on Palestinian soil. Therefore, the question: what is Palestine?

In July 1922, the League of Nations entrusted Great Britain with the Mandate for Palestine. The borders were defined from the Mediterranean Sea, bordering the French Mandate of Syria in the north; in the south: Egypt; in the east: Saudi Arabia; and in the northeast: Iraq, another British Mandate. In 1921, Palestine was divided in the area of the Jordan Valley, and a new nation was invented: Trans-Jordan. The Palestinian territory was reduced by about 77%. When the Jewish State was proclaimed on 14 May 1948, Arab nations surrounding Israel attacked the newly declared State, but without success. Then followed the 1967 and the 1973 wars, in which the Arab nations were roundly defeated. Israel expanded its territory to the Jordan River in the east, the Golan in the north, and the Sinai in the south.

The process of so-called international law always functioned on this principle: the winner takes all, and the loser is subject to the conqueror. That, incidentally, is how all nations of the world were founded. Now, however, the overwhelming majority of nations of the world do not agree to that international principle, and insist on Israel surrendering territory conquered by the shedding of the blood of their soldiers.

What is the remedy? Just like in all other countries, one has to pledge allegiance to the nation one intends to stay in; otherwise, move out.

What does the Bible say? Here we are reminded of Numbers 9:14, where we read, “And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto the Lord; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner thereof, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.” That means one law for all. In Israel’s Declaration of Independence, one reads, “In the midst of wanton aggression, we yet call upon the Arab inhabitants of the state of Israel to return to the ways of peace and play their part in the development of the state with full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions, provisional or permanent.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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