Ron Diller

Where is Palestine?

Great question. Certainly, there’s the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a terrorist group that Arafat formed in 1964. The closest mention of Palestine was the British Mandate of Palestine (1920-1948).

I really must scratch my head and I find it hard to understand who these people are and where do they come from. The Quran not only doesn’t mention their name, but even al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, too. Really, it appears they’re just an invented group designed to take over Israel and throw out the Jews. What’s so ironic is that our second temple sits under the al-Aqsa Mosque. What does that tell you?

According to the book of Yehoshua, dating back some 3,000 plus years ago when the Jews entered the land of Canaan, Hashem granted the 12 tribes a huge swath of territory that included lands currently occupied by Syria, Jordan, and of course modern-day Israel as it appears on the map.

Really, is this the right route to go? I don’t think so.

Think about the empires like the Ottoman, Roman, Greek, Persian, and the vast lands they conquered. I could cite many more other examples like this but what’s the point. It appears that over time, through war and conquests, the size of the lands once seized by the empire’s changed where land sizes were reduced and separated.

Which of the past empires committed terror atrocities like the Palestinians (e.g., blowing up buses and planes, killing Olympic athletes, knifing people including the elderly, shooting attacks, taking innocent people hostage, and abusing them, massacres that I care not to mention on October 7th, driving cars to run over people at bus stops, blowing up restaurants)? Am I missing something?

Palestinians are in a class on their own. On top of this they really shoot themselves in the foot and show the world what monsters they’re and fighting for a baseless cause. This would be analogous to a lawyer suing someone over an unfounded claim having the judge toss the case out of court.

Palestinians play victim to seek pity with their hand out only to promote hatred and violence. Name one Arab country that welcomes Palestinians. Even a Lebanese Christian, who spoke out said the Palestinians ruined Lebanon and of course her life. They profess hatred paying those that take their lives to kills Jews a lifetime pension. This is only encouraging the poor and destitute to commit suicide just to provide economic comfort for their families.

How can any levelheaded person think you can make peace with groups like the Palestinians, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and more. This is an illusion. Plus, I don’t believe they have anything to negotiate from. If they wish to bring up Nakba fine, then just reimburse the Jews who emigrated from Islamic countries, the present value of their stolen assets by the Arab dictators. Also, not only did they lose their entire fortunes, but their leaders gave them the boot and told them never to return to their ancestral homes. If you did the math, the Jews would win by such huge amounts that I could not even find a number close enough to compare to the Palestinian claims or rather allegations together with empirical proof that our government did indeed steal their homes after the state of Israel was created.

If we go the path of history as written in the Old and New Testament, the Palestinians have no case at all. Most scholars agree that the closest word to Palestine is when the Philistines (who were of Greek origin from Crete, idol worshippers, at war with the Jews), ruled lands that extended south of Jaffa to Gaza once called Philistia. With the conquests of the Babylonian king Nebuchadrezzar II (605–562) in Syria the Philistine cities became part of the Neo-Babylonian empire. In later times they came under the control of Persia, Greece, and Rome.

Even in Wikipedia, who is not a fan of Israel, states the Palestinian history began in 1947. Personally, I think it started in the 1930s. But this is a small fraction of the 3500-year Jewish history of Eretz Israel.

So are you telling me that since Jews entered Canaan some 3,500 years ago that they just disappeared or walked away. Sorry, wrong answer. Certainly, I’ll buy into the fact Jews were both a majority and minority over the last 3000+ years but Israel was and will always remain the Jewish homeland as Hashem promised to Moshe and the Patriarchs.

Of course, we are surrounded by Muslim countries – Jews are the outcast and fly in the ointment for them. Jews practice the oldest religion in the world founded on the ethics of Hashem.

Best example of Palestinian autonomy is how they messed up Gaza. Before Jews left northern Gaza, we handed over thriving businesses. What did they do? They turned fertile economic thriving businesses into ashes and a giant wasteland, a government founded on autocracy and dictatorship, a terror state only devoted to death and destruction resulting in poverty. Better yet, they robbed Arab donors who thought their funds will be used to improve the lives of Gazans only to learn this went to pockets of the Hamas terrorists to build hundreds of miles of labyrinth tunnels and purchase massive arms munitions.

Israel took barren land, where only 10 of the 12 spies who were sent to Canaan 3,000 years ago told the leaders don’t waste your time – bad real estate and way too dangerous. During the late 19th century until the 20th century, Israel planted eucalyptus trees to dry out the infected swamp water infested with malaria. This was our land of “milk and honey!”

Now, look at what Israel did in 75 years. We are world leaders in every sector. As the proverbial phrase goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Israel’s optimism and positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity drove them turning Israel into a mini-superpower country.

As the late Jerry Garcia from the Grateful Dead said so simply and eloquently in the title of their hit song, Keep Truckin’….

About the Author
Ron Diller lives in Israel with his family of four children.