TURKEY - Israel Was Originally Mostly Palestinian, Says Erdogan

Arno Froese

“Israel, which was almost non-existent in 1947, has continued until this day to seize Palestinian land with the aim of eliminating the state and the Deal of the Century will support those territorial ambitions,” Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the United Nations General Assembly.

“Where are the borders of the State of Israel? Is it the 1947 borders, the 1967 borders or is there another border that we need to know of?” Erdogan asked, alluding to Netanyahu’s plan to expand Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements.

“I am quite curious, what about this map of Israel? Where is Israel? Where does the land of Israel begin and end? Look at this map, where was Israel in 1947 and where is Israel now, especially between the years between 1949 and 1967?” Erdogan said.

The Turkish President then pointed to the map and said, “Look, this is 1947. The land of Palestine. There is seemingly almost no Israeli presence on this land, the entire territory belongs to the Palestinians.”

-www.jpost.com, 24 September 2019

Arno's commentary

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is greatly mistaken, and this apparently due to the lack of knowledge of history. There never was a land called “Palestine,” except a mandated territory to Britain, and that included the entire land of today’s Jordan.

Do countries change their names? Yes: for example, the thirteen colonies in America, established by Britain. They had the land surveyed, built harbors, roads, and bridges, schools and churches, and installed a functioning infrastructure. But those who rebelled against the king became independent. Since then, it has been called The Unites States of America.

Apparently, Mr. Erdoğan does not know his own history either. He must have forgotten that his country was founded only in 1923. A lesson in historic geography would be very helpful for Erdoğan. Israel’s borders are clearly described in Genesis 15:18: “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.” Egypt still exists, and so does the Euphrates. Palestine was a territory without any geopolitical identity.

What is the future for Israel? Amos 9:15: “And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.”

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.

Read more from this author

ContactAbout UsPrivacy and Safety