ISRAEL - Judea and Samaria Is Promised Land

Arno Froese

Hitting back at a letter of former Israeli security officials asking him not to annex the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “The region in Judea and Samaria is not just a guarantee for Israel’s security, it’s also the inheritance of our ancestors.”

Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS) is a non-partisan movement consisting of former officials from the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel security agency), Mossad and Israel Police. The movement sent a letter to Netanyahu, writing that it is “united in the conviction that a two-state agreement with the Palestinians, as part of a regional security framework, is essential for Israel’s security, as well as for its future as the democratic home of the Jewish people.”

The letter to Netanyahu was signed by hundreds of former security officials and warned that annexing the West Bank without an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would endanger the security of the State of Israel.

The officials stressed that those responsible for Israel’s security, including Netanyahu, need to weigh the possibility that the PA could end security cooperation and that the PA leadership could be paralyzed. This could create a security vacuum allowing armed elements and terrorists, including Hamas, to take over.

Such a situation would force the deployment of the IDF and Shin Bet to areas which are currently under PA control, the letter claimed. Israel would then have to control another 2.6 million Palestinians.

This would inevitably lead to a flare-up in the south of the country, which could necessitate a military takeover of the Gaza Strip, leading to control over another two million or so Palestinians.

The former officials who signed CIS’s letter stressed that they do not underestimate the opinion of those who disagree with them, even though such people are a “small minority among former senior members of the security establishment. However, the undersigned are united in their assessment that this is an unprecedented step in its destructive implications for Israel’s security.”

In April, shortly before the elections for Knesset on April 9, Netanyahu vowed to annex territories in the West Bank in an interview with Channel 12., 22 May 2019

Arno's commentary

After the Second World War, so-called international law has changed. After that time, the philosophy, “The victor takes the spoils” no longer applies. Today, the global community seems to be in charge. Yet, we must add here that all countries, without exception, have established their borders by force with weapons of war, and none of those countries ever had a Biblical promise to be the inheritors of the land except Israel. Thus, the question: will Israel annex Judea and Samaria (West Bank)? That seems unlikely and will not change the policies of the rest of the world.

No one really cares that, for example, Canada—the second largest country in the world—simply killed or displaced the original inhabitants. Likewise, the nations to the south: the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, etc. All 35 nations conquered and established their boundaries. Yet, when it comes to Israel, it’s a different story; that is why we read the following in Joel 3:2: “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Note carefully: “all nations…parted my land.”

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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