YNet News: “British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is currently visiting Israel, said in an interview with Sky News that Israel has lost some support in Britain and in other European countries due to its settlement construction policy.
He warned that the window of opportunity for Israel and the Palestinians to agree to form a two-state solution was closing fast.”
Opinion: “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you …” Genesis 12:3
In 1922, three years after WWI, the League of Nations awarded Britain mandates over Transjordan, Palestine and Iraq. In turn, Britain awarded the entire land of Palestine to Israel with no territorial restrictions.
Israel was granted both sides of the Jordan River totaling 43,075 square miles. A few months later Britain, under pressure from Arab leaders, altered the Balfour Declaration and took back 32,460 square miles or 78% of the original land grant.
More land was then given to establish Transjordan which left Israel with approximately 9500 square miles.
Fast forward to 1947, UK Prime Minister Clement Attlee (Labour party):
The UN proposed a further reduction of land (for Israel) to 5560 square miles or 13% of the original land grant. 75% of Israel’s allotted land is desert. Britain agreed.
1 Israel was pushed to land on the West Bank of the Jordan River.
2. Israel’s land mass became 5,560 square miles; Arab land mass equals 6,700,000 square miles.
3. The Arab world rejected the United Nations Partition Plan that would have created an Arab state and a Jewish state side by side.
“At the beginning of the 20th century the phrase “The sun never sets on the British Empire” meant that the British colonies circled the globe. In 1922, the British Empire controlled almost a quarter of the Earth’s land area and governed a quarter of the world’s population. In 1939, an Englishman named Hugh Charles wrote the words to the patriotic song, “There’ll Always Be An England.”
God’s warning to the nations is a serious matter. One look at the British empire today and it is obvious that the sun has set.
(excerpt, Omega Letter Dec. 29, 2009)