“For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation (Yeshua) as a torch that burns.” Isaiah 62:1
God made an everlasting covenant with Abraham – to give him and his descendants the land of Canaan for an EVERLASTING possession and make them into a great nation. Of course Abraham had many descendants, starting with his two sons: Ishmael and Isaac, but God chose the “Son of Promise” through which to pass on His covenant with Abraham. The promise went through Isaac and then Jacob whose name God changed to Israel – thus Nation of Israel.
God chose the Land of Israel to be His land, and the city of Jerusalem to be be His dwelling place.
I will enter into judgment against them (the nations)…for they scattered My people among the nations and divided up MY LAND… Joel 3:1-2
“For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place” Psalm 132:13
“Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem!” Psalm 135: 21
The League of Nations recognizes Israel is the historic Land of the Jewish people
In 1920, after winning WWI, the allies met in San Remo, Italy to divide the land that had been occupied by the Turkish Ottoman Empire for 400 years. Until then there were no bordered countries or states. But as Britain and France were given Mandate over the Middle East nation states were created.
On July 24th, 1922, the League of Nations accepted the San Remo Treaty, thus recognizing “the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine”* as “the grounds for reconstituting their national home in the country.” Britain was appointed as the Mandatory for Palestine, with the explicit goal of “placing the country under such political, administrative and economic conditions as will secure the establishment of the Jewish national home.”
When the United Nations succeeded the League of Nations, it likewise adopted the San Remo Treaty as binding international law.
In the changing world of the Middle East, and the rest of the world, the Israeli government found it necessary at this time to make it a law that would establish once and for all the fact that Israel is the eternal state of the Jewish people. So now, ninety-six years later, to avoid confusion in the future and to make sure that Israel never gives in to opposition or denial of this right by the Arab world or parts of the West, the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) passed the “Nation-State Law.
In line with the previously accepted League’s resolution, the “Nation-State Law” acknowledges the land of Israel as “the historical homeland of the Jewish people, in which the State of Israel was established.” Furthermore, it defines this state as “the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination”.
The law states that Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people, that the unified city of Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that Hebrew is the official language of this state and that Hatikvah (the hope of 2000 years) is its national anthem.
Simply stated, the Nation-State Law legally defines Israel as the national state of the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
Not surprisingly, the law has triggered a wave of protest and opposition from the Israeli left and the Arab-Israeli community. As a democracy, the Knesset has representatives of all parties, including representatives of the Arab citizens. Some of the Arab representatives often express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiments and announcements that in the name of democracy are allowed to be heard. They claim that Palestinian terrorists are “freedom fighters” against Israel’s “occupation”, and in that way justify their terror actions. They also talk openly about turning Israel from a Jewish state into a stated for all its citizens, where Palestinians also have the “right of return.”
Admittedly, the law is a Zionist legislation. Some may claim it is racist or discriminatory, but in actuality does not contradict any value of democracy and equality. This law is not against minority civil rights. It is for Jewish national right. It supports the Jewish people and the minorities living among them.
The law demonstrates its respect for “those who are not Jewish” and recognizes their right to “observe their days of rest on their Sabbath and their holidays.” It also recognizes the “special status of the Arabic language” and even stipulates that while Hebrew is the only official language of Israel, “this clause does not harm the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect.” The principle of equality already exists in the civil law.
Civil rights to all citizens of Israel
In response to Israel’s Nation-State law, the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee and the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) named July 19th an official day of protest against “Israeli apartheid”. They protested that the bill is racist, discriminates against minorities. Besides the Arabs, Israelis that represent the far Left and their media join them, because they ideologically oppose the concept of a Zionist state which this law endorses.
On the surface, it may look like a legitimate protest against discrimination, but most Israelis realize that it shows their unwillingness to accept the existence of a Jewish state. The Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah,” offends them; so various Israeli university departments do not observe it.
Despite all the challenges and threats, Israel is still the safest place to live in this entire region, for Druze, Arab and Circassian – Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Israel’s Arabs enjoy lives of freedom and democracy in the Jewish state. As a matter of fact, there is not even one clause that denies the rights of minorities which were initially incorporated in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. These rights were reaffirmed in the Basic Law of “Human Dignity and Liberty”, passed in 1992, whose stipulated purpose was “to protect human dignity and liberty, in order to establish in a Basic Law the values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”
Civil equality, yes – collective national rights for the Palestinians – no. They can go and seek that among their brothers in Arab countries that have an abundance of land and resources.
The Arab world refuses to accept the existence of a Jewish state, and the idea of Jewish nationality is unacceptable to most Arabs, including the leaders of the Israeli-Arab public, politicians and those in the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel.
Only Jews have the right to return to the Land of Israel
The only word that does not appear in the State Law, democratically passed in the Knesset majority, is national “equality”.
Only Jews have the privilege to the Law of Return because Israel is the state of the Jewish people, who were taken out of their homeland into exile, were persecuted by the nations and faced annihilation there. Now they have the right to come back to their home: Israel.
That is what is really bothering the Supreme Arab Monitoring Committee and the Knesset members from the Joint Arab List. They are disappointed that the Arabs will not be able to use Demography as their last resort of eradicating Israel, after trying time and again to use military means.
The Law of Return does not apply to the Palestinians, who now are demanding their own version of it in the form of right of return for Palestinians and family reunification. They are the only refugees who kept refugee status by inheritance.
The Nation-State law is a legitimate method of self-defense for Israel against a demographic flood that might turn Israel into another Arab state. For more on this subject, please go to our blog.
Please stand with us at this time of spiritual warfare as Israel is facing international and domestic criticism over this new state law. Pray for our leadership to have Godly wisdom and strength in devising strategies against attacks. Please stand with us in faith on the promises and Word of God.
For the salvation of Israel and the nations,
In His love,
Simcha and Bella Davidov, Ashdod, Israel
*Palestine was the name given to the land of Judah by the conquering Romans after destroying Jerusalem in 70 AD and taking the majority of the Jews into exile. That name remained throughout subsequent occupations by different conquerors.