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Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon is now claiming the bible as proof to Israel’s fundamental right to all of Palestine.

During his speech at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Danon held up a bible at for all the ambassadors present to see and said, “This is our deed to our land.”

Danon is claiming ownership to all of Palestine, which he calls “Eretz Yisrael” at a time when the international community is worried about Netanyahu realizing his recent election promise to annex the occupied West Bank.

Such a religious, literally biblical claim, coming from a supposedly secular representative of a supposedly secular democratic state, put forth to a serious political world assembly, may seem bizarre, to say the least. But it is actually not new, nor isolated to the Israeli political right, which Danon belongs to (Likud). On January 8th, 1937, the New York Times reported how David Ben Gurion was claiming the bible as a kind of deed to the land, in his testimony to the British Royal Peel Commission:

“We are coming to our own country by our own right of historic connection with the land – a right prior to the [British] Mandate… As a matter of fact, the bible is our mandate”, Ben Gurion said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has also used the bible as a direct claim for all of Palestine. Her motto: “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that”. A couple of years ago she waved an empty book at Palestinian lawmakers in the Knesset, saying that it’s their empty history, and that they are “thieves of history” (stealing it from the Jews, as it were). 

Danon at the UN:

From the book of Genesis; to the Jewish exodus from Egypt; to receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai; to the gates of Canaan; and to the realization of God’s covenant in the Holy Land of Israel; the Bible paints a consistent picture. The entire history of our people, and our connection to Eretz Yisrael, begins right here.

Israel seems to be hoping for another recognition of unilateral and flagrantly illegal annexation by US President Trump, as he did with Jerusalem and with the Syrian Jolan (Golan), as a means of legitimizing its criminality. And Trump might be unhinged enough to do this. But the rest of the international community, especially Europe, will see this as a definitive end to the ‘two-state solution’, which has been its means of portraying support for Israel as compatible with support for Palestinians, since a Palestinian state could, in theory, be a possibility on the horizon. Annexation would mean that this possibility is now flatly and officially rejected by Israel. This rejection would only be a confirmation of Netanayhu’s Likud platform from 1999, never rescinded, which says that “The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river”.

Truth be told, neither did left governments ever intend an actual Palestinian state West of the Jordan River. It was always “less than a state”, as the late Prime Minister Rabin told the Knesset about the 1995 Oslo accords less than two months before he was assassinated.

So the game was played, just so that the expansionist status-quo could continue. But now Israel is desperate to get legitimacy for an actual de jure annexation, and there’s just no effective legal argument for it. An Israeli legal justification – maybe, because Israel legalizes whatever it covets, but not in international law. Hence – the bible.

Palestinian UN Ambassador warned the assembly that “Israel’s expansionist appetite is growing”. Indeed, and it is insatiable.

This historical resort to the bible is an indication of Israel’s desperation for legitimacy. When you don’t have any more claims that can have any meaning in modern international law, you resort to old books and old myths, in hope that someone will fall for it.

Meanwhile, the real story is about the continued Palestinian dispossession. And that’s one horror story that should keep us awake at night.

H/t Tom Suarez

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. bcg on May 2, 2019, 9:42 am

    According to this article on Fox, the bible says Israel belongs to the Jews, it must be true.

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/the-bible-says-israel-belongs-to-the-jews-and-has-for-over-3000-years

    The Americans, British and Arab states can debate whatever Mideast peace plan they want. But nothing can change this pre-eminent fact: Israel is entitled to the land it has, and has been for over 3,000 years. It says so in the most historically accurate document in history: the Bible.

    • JLewisDickerson on May 2, 2019, 12:15 pm

      RE: “From the book of Genesis; to the Jewish exodus from Egypt; to receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai; to the gates of Canaan; and to the realization of God’s covenant in the Holy Land of Israel; the Bible paints a consistent picture.” ~ Danon

      SEE: “For You Were (Not) Slaves in Egypt: The Ancient Memories Behind the Exodus Myth” | By Ariel David | Haaretz.com | Apr 19, 2019
      From the expulsion of the Hyksos to Armageddon, the epic Passover saga does not reflect a specific event, but seems to contain distant memories that may give us clues to the real history of the ancient Israelites
      LINK – https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium.MAGAZINE-for-you-were-not-slaves-in-egypt-the-memories-behind-the-exodus-myth-1.7138961

    • Brewer on May 2, 2019, 5:26 pm

      “the most historically accurate document in history: the Bible.”
      A common belief universally dismissed by Archaeologists and Historians.

    • zaid on May 3, 2019, 1:39 am

      Accurate?
      According to the bible the world is 5000 year old

    • traintosiberia on May 5, 2019, 3:11 pm

      But , which part of Bible says that this land will be forever for the Jews . How does Bible define who is a Jew ? How does bible reconcile the problem of ownership of the land? This land supposedly belongs for the Jews . Then will the land now occupied by Netanhoooooo will be passed to any Jew who can prove he is a Jew ? There should be no private property The entire place belongs to tech Jews . So why the Jews should be without home or land in israel? Why should there be any home even ? All homes belong to collective . Any one can eat sleep and shit anywhere they like and even have sex .

  2. Kay24 on May 2, 2019, 4:26 pm

    Don’t be surprised, they will try anything, or say anything, just to keep the Evangelicals believing Jesus is going to land in the place the Jews should be, even if it is stolen lands. It is a scam, and the zionists simply keep it going knowing there are gullible Evangelicals who will keep supporting them. I wonder if these good Christians sleep well at night when they see the people they support kill helpless civilians and children. Do they think God approves?

  3. Arby on May 2, 2019, 5:33 pm

    “During his speech at a UN Security Council meeting on Monday, Danon held up a bible at for all the ambassadors present to see and said, “This is our deed to our land.””

    Danny Danon know that his pathetic views here are not controversial – among other fascist losers. He’s adding his voice to the evil chorus. The idea is that when you lie loudly (the chorus) and you lie repeatedly, ad nauseam, until everyone (other than those who simply know better) finally gets ‘your’ truth.

  4. Mayhem on May 2, 2019, 6:05 pm

    Tell me what legitimacy do the world’s Christians and Muslims have if it were not for the Bible and the Koran?

    • johneill on May 3, 2019, 12:41 am

      jews are a legitimate religious group, but zionism – as a political expression of judaism – leads to the exact same ethical morass as political islam and political christianity.

      • Mayhem on May 4, 2019, 12:29 am

        @johnneill, sorry to tell you but religion and politics are inextricably entwined whether you like it or not.

      • johneill on May 4, 2019, 8:27 am

        entwined within individuals, but rarely by states. so, converting to christianity doesn’t give you national rights anywhere, nor to the best of my knowledge does converting to any other religion – except judaism. no religion deserves a country, every theocracy is wrong.

    • zaid on May 3, 2019, 1:38 am

      What does that even mean.

      • Mayhem on May 4, 2019, 12:21 am

        @zaid, does this information from Wikipedia about Muslim supporters of Israel mean anything to you?
        “The Qur’an specifies that the Land of Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, that God Himself gave that Land to them as heritage and ordered them to live therein. It also announces that – before the end of the time – the Jewish people will come from many different countries to retake possession of that heritage of theirs. Whoever denies this actually denies the Qur’an itself. If he is not a scholar, and in good faith believes what other people say about this issue, he is an ignorant Muslim. If, on the contrary, he is informed about what the Qur’an and openly opposes it, he ceases to be a Muslim.”

      • eljay on May 4, 2019, 9:23 am

        || Mayhem: @zaid, does this information from Wikipedia about Muslim supporters of Israel mean anything to you? … ||

        So now you’re a Muslim who believes what is written in the Qur’an? Huh. I have a feeling this will be a very short-lived conversion.

      • zaid on May 5, 2019, 6:00 am

        Mayhem

        We the Palestinians are the descendants of the Israelites and not you.so if anything is given it is given to us.

        The Quran is 500 page long not just few sentances that you can cherry pick from.

        The Quran mentioned the story of the Israelites (who have no genetic link to modern Jews) and how they were opressed in egypt and god told them to go to the holy land because they were the true faith and followers of the prophet Moses.

        But When Muhammad came now the muslims are the true faith and so his followers inherits the holy land and that is what the Quran and the disciplines of prophet Muhammad did when they captured Palestine and turned it Islamic.

        The Quran also mentioned that in the end times the Jews will be gathered in Palestine and that they shall fight the muslims (god servants) and god shall grant muslims victory and the muslims shall retake the land and liberate Alaqsa mosque from them.

        In short as per the Quran the land is granted to the righteous people who at one point were the followers of moses but when islam came it is now the muslims.

        That is what the Quran say about the issue in complete and not cherry picking.

        “And certainly We wrote in the Book after the reminder that (as for) the land, My righteous servants shall inherit it”
        Quran 21:105

        “So when the second promise came We raised our servants that they may bring you (jews) to grief and that they may enter the mosque as they entered it the first time”Quran 17:7

        Yu dont need to adhere to the quran but you should not falsefy what it says.

      • Mayhem on May 6, 2019, 10:05 am

        @Zaid, this bogus claim of yours takes the cake “the Palestinians are the descendants of the Israelites”. Do you have a shred of evidence to substantiate this?
        Your denial of Jews today have any connection with the Israelites of the bible is another furphy. Refer Are Today’s Jews Genetically Descended From The Biblical Israelites?
        Most of all though the interpretation I provided from the Quran is not mine; it is the consideration by Muslims who realise that they cannot keep accepting blind Islamist doctrine and need to recognise the truths that most Muslims are unwilling to accept.

      • zaid on May 6, 2019, 3:45 pm

        @Mayhem

        “Do you have a shred of evidence to substantiate this?”

        Yes , studies that compared Palestinians DNA with DNA of ancient remains from Palestine.

        “Your denial of Jews today have any connection with the Israelites of the bible is another furphy. Refer Are Today’s Jews Genetically Descended From The Biblical Israelites?”

        The introduction of methods that extract DNA from ancient remains (recent development) settled the Question and the answer is :Modern Jews are not descendants of ancient Israelites.

        “Most of all though the interpretation I provided from the Quran is not mine; it is the consideration by Muslims who realise that they cannot keep accepting blind Islamist doctrine and need to recognise the truths that most Muslims are unwilling to accept.”

        The Quran is clear , Just take it all and don’t cherry pick. zionist Islam is not Islam at all.

      • Mayhem on May 6, 2019, 7:21 pm

        @zaid, you don’t substantiate anything just by saying it – where are your scholarly references? I provided evidence that refutes your falseness – “In short, Ashkenazi Jews are highly related to Sephardic Jews, and all of them are closely related to populations in the Middle East.” and you choose to completely overlook it because it doesn’t suit you.
        Clearly your flavor of Islam is anti-semitic Islam.

      • zaid on May 7, 2019, 10:57 am

        1- Again the ancient DNA studies ended the discussion and that is why zionist universities stopped producing any study on jewish DNA.

        2-the version of Islam i represented is the Quranic version that muslims starting including muhammad disciplines belived in.

        3-Give the link to the study you are quoting so i can show you how old and debunked it is.

    • eljay on May 3, 2019, 8:03 am

      || Mayhem: Tell me what legitimacy do the world’s Christians and Muslims have if it were not for the Bible and the Koran? ||

      Like Jewish, Christian and Muslim are religion-based identities. None of them – including Jewish – grants to any person who chooses to embrace it the right to be a supremacist, to have a supremacist state or to do evil unto others.

      • traintosiberia on May 5, 2019, 3:06 pm

        legitimacy of Muslim or legitimacy of Christian doesn’t derive from any book. Local people who have been living there for generations have the right to stay there . Muslim form Argentina or Christian from Indonesia are not claiming g any residence permit in Israel. To the ardent Jews ,Bible has given the right of having a memory of being once a resident of Israel /Palestine / that piece of land . Just a memory . Nothing more.
        I have that memory about belonging to England also Generations ago some left that country for America.

    • Misterioso on May 3, 2019, 8:41 am

      @Mayhem

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087

      “The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish”

      “Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.”

      Furthermore:
      “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

      “Overall, the combined results are in a strong agreement with the predictions of the Irano-Turko-Slavic hypothesis (Table 1) and rule out an ancient Levantine origin for AJs, which is predominant among modern-day Levantine populations (e.g., Bedouins and Palestinians). This is not surprising since Jews differed in cultural practices and norms (Sand, 2011) and tended to adopt local customs (Falk, 2006). Very little Palestinian Jewish culture survived outside of Palestine (Sand, 2009). For example, the folklore and folkways of the Jews in northern Europe is distinctly pre-Christian German (Patai, 1983) and Slavic in origin, which disappeared among the latter (Wexler, 1993, 2012).”

      The Jebusite/Canaanites were ancestors of today’s Palestinians and it was they who founded Jerusalem around 3000 BCE. Originally known as Jebus, the first recorded reference to it as “Rushalimum” or “Urussalim,” site of the sacred Foundation Rock, appears in Egyptian Execration Texts of the nineteenth century BCE, nearly 800 years before it is alleged King David was born. Its name “seems to have incorporated the name of the Syrian god Shalem [the Canaanite God of Dusk], who was identified with the setting sun or the evening star…and] can probably be translated as ‘Shalem has founded’.” (Karen Armstrong, Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths; Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996, pp. 6-7)

      No credible archaeological evidence, or more importantly, writings of contemporaneous civilizations, have been found that prove Solomon or David actually existed. (Nor has any real evidence been discovered to confirm that the Jewish exodus from Egypt ever occurred.)

      Renowned Jewish Israeli writer/columnist, Uri Avnery: “[David and Solomon’s] existence is disproved, inter alia, by their total absence from the voluminous correspondence of Egyptian rulers and spies in the Land of Canaan.” (“A Curious National Home,” by Uri Avnery, May 13/17
      (http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1494589093/)

      It is estimated that the Hebrews did not invade until circa 1184 BCE and their resulting United Kingdom of Israel, which never controlled the coast from Jaffa to Gaza, lasted only about 75 – 80 years, less than a blip in the history of Canaan and Palestine. Even the Hasmonean Dynasty under the Maccabees lasted only about 70 years (circa 140 – 70 BCE) and it was under Roman tutelage.

    • Mooser on May 3, 2019, 1:42 pm

      ” Mayhem: Tell me what legitimacy do the world’s Christians and Muslims have if it were not for the Bible and the Koran?”

      ROTFLMSJAO! Oh, only that phony and fake “legitimacy” religions gain by having billions of followers.

  5. Ossinev on May 3, 2019, 7:09 am

    @Mayhem

    “Tell me what legitimacy do the world’s Christians and Muslims have if it were not for the Bible and the Koran?”

    You will have to expand on that one sunshine. I haven`t the foggiest idea what you are talking about as in WTF is a”legitimate” Christian or Muslim in the context of land and property theft by foreign adherents to a weird religious cult.

    BTW As a biblical expert can you tell me where I can get one of those special sticks you know the ones that part seas. I quite fancy a stroll from London to Copenhagen but that pesky North Sea is in the way.

  6. James Canning on May 3, 2019, 10:55 am

    Good grief. What utter nonsense from Danny Danon.

  7. genesto on May 3, 2019, 6:35 pm

    And there it is, ladies and gentlemen, your religious connection to Zionism, as brought to you by the Old Testament. Never mind that the Bible was written by God knows who and God knows when, the Exodus never happened (3 million Jews crossing the desert over 40 years with no DNA, carbon dating, relics or any other historical evidence it ever happened? Really?). And the so-called Covenant by which God promised the land to the Jews is just a fairy tale – unless you believe in a God that privileges Jews over others by giving them land belonging to those same others!

    Sorry if this comes across as anti-Semitic. I’m just calling it as I see it!

  8. llpmtv on May 3, 2019, 10:13 pm

    Ambassador Danon has not read his own Bible.
    In the Jewish Bible, Prophet Jeremiah declares
    “God says ‘They broke my covenant …. I will make a
    New Covenant, NOT ACCORDING TO THAT WHICH
    I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS.”

    Jesus told the pharisees “The Kingdom of God shall
    taken from you. ”

    Palestinians will accept a just peace with Israel.
    Netanyahu has declared there will never be a State of
    Palestine while he is prime minister. This is against
    justice for Palestine and the good of Israel and the
    good of America.
    The Gospel of Luke reports that Jesus declared the
    new covenant at the Last Supper.

    The New Testament teaches

    1. The “Israel of God” is those Jews who follow
    Jesus and that the Gentile followers of Jesus
    are adopted as heirs of Abraham.

    2, The Jews who rejected Jesus are “branches
    broken off the olive tree.”

    3. The new covenant replaces
    the old covenant with “better promises”.
    This is eternal life instead of land.

    4. The Christian Zionist ideas are heresy
    not in accord with this Christian Church
    belief in the new covenant announced
    by Jesus.

    America should of course advocate
    peace and security for Israel, but Israel
    must make a just peace with a Free
    State of Palestine. Israel wants to
    expel the Palestinians and rule all the
    Holy Land. Israel will not behave so
    long as America enables its ambitions.
    So, America must recognize Free
    Palestine with the 1967 borders. When
    Israel makes a just peace with Palestine
    Israel will gain the legitimacy and
    security it can never achieve by
    force of arms. America does wrong by
    enabling lethal persecution and
    dispossession of Palestinians from the
    Holy Land. The good of mankind demands
    that Israel make a just peace with Palestine.
    Israeli ambitions to rule all the Holy Land
    are not allowable for world peace.

    David Ben Gurion, first prime minister of
    Israel wrote in his book “Eretz Israel, In The
    Past and In the Present” that the Palestinians
    are not Arabs, but ethnic Jews descended
    from Jews who never left the Holy Land since
    the return from Babylonian captivity. Sergio
    Della Pergola, Israel’s demographer reports
    that adherents to Judaism declined from a
    majority in the Holy Land until 1690 when
    they numbered only 2000 persons. This was
    due principally to conversions, initially to
    Christianity and then to Islam when Caliph
    Omar came to Jerusalem. This means the
    Palestinians certainly have a right to live in
    the Holy Land. The League of Nations gave
    provisional recognition to a Palestinian State.
    The Anglo French Declaration of November
    1918 promised they would assist the peoples
    liberated from Ottoman rule in World War I
    to form governments of their choosing. The
    West owes it to Palestinians to support the
    Free State of Palestine. Arafat renounced violence
    and recognized Israel more than once. He
    thought he had achieved peace with Israel.
    Palestine will accept a just peace. They should
    be abundantly compensated for vicious tyranny
    they have suffered. Making a just peace with
    Free Palestine is critically important for Israel
    and for America.

  9. brent on May 4, 2019, 1:10 am

    God as a real estate agent… to hell with the ten commandments.

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