The Myth of “Occupied Palestinian Territories” — Part 1 of 2

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, left, talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Israel's new plan to build 1,600 homes for Jews in Palestinian-claimed east Jerusalem overshadowed Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the West Bank on Wednesday. Biden was to hold talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, in part to ease their doubts about the latest U.S. peace efforts. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Arutz Sheva: A simple question: If someone murders you and seizes your home, do your kids have a right to take it back? Or do the murdering interlopers get to keep it?

The Bible tells us that Patriarch Avraham (Abraham) buried his wife, Matriarch Sarah, in the Cave of Machpelah in the city of Ḥevron (Hebron). Genesis 23. The Torah text specifies that he purchsed the cave with his own money at an exorbitant over-market price. 23:15-16. Later, he was buried there by his sons, Patriarch Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yishmael (Ishmael). 25:7-10. In time, Isaac and Matriarch Rivkah (Rebecca) were buried there, and thereafter Patriarch Yaakov (Jacob) and Matriarch Leah. 49:29-32; 50:13. Of the seven patriarchs and matriarchs, only Rachel was buried elsewhere, having died on the road to Efrat, near Beit Lechem (Bethlehem), while giving birth to Binyamin (Benjamin). 35:16-20.

‘On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates” Genesis 15:18  

In Judaism, four cities are known as “Ir HaKodesh” (the Holy City): Jerusalem, Shiloh, Tzfat (Safed), and Ḥevron. Jews have lived in Ḥevron since the time when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River after their forty-year peregrination through the Wildernes of Sinai, fought the Battle of Jericho, and then apportioned the Promised Land. Joshua 14:13-15. King David’s first capital was in Ḥevron. II Samuel 2:11. In all, Jews lived in Ḥevron virtually uninterrupted for some three thousand years until 1929.

That is fact. Muslims did not exist until the Seventh Century when Muhammed beheaded his enemies in the 600’s and created his religion. Read More