ISRAEL - Expansion of West Bank Subdivisions

Arno Froese

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett welcomed a recent decision to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank that the Palestinians and most of the international community view as illegal.

“In the face of enemy violence, the Zionist answer has always been settlement, security and immigration,” Bennett said. “We approved here in Elkana, to my understanding, the largest volume of construction at once, since the establishment of the town.”

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war and the Palestinians want it to form the main part of their future state. Israel has already built more than 130 settlements that today are home to nearly 500,000 settlers. Nearly 3 million Palestinians live in the West Bank under Israeli military rule.

Bennett, a longtime supporter of settlements who once led the main settler council, is opposed to Palestinian statehood. He leads a government that includes parties from across Israel’s political spectrum, including some opposed to settlements.

In the interest of keeping the coalition together, they have ruled out any major peace initiatives or outright annexation, while continuing to expand settlements and taking some steps to help the Palestinians economically.

-apnews.com, 17 May 2022

Arno's Commentary

We note that the “international community view [the subdivisions] as illegal.” We object; historically, the international community has always supported winner takes all. We must also note that Arab Palestinians always vehemently objected to any type of existence of a Jewish State. The Arab League voted against the partition of British Palestine. Now, 75 years later, the so-called Two-State Solution is no more than a pipe dream.

Readers will notice that this writer does not accept the definition “settlements,” instead using the proper term “subdivisions.” The word “settlements” would be properly applied to the 35 nations established on the American continent (North and South) by Europeans. The original inhabitants were not asked, nor did they give permission for the settlers to take their land.

What’s different here is that we are dealing with God’s land—the territory clearly defined geographically by God to Abraham and his descendants: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

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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