Every people group on the planet deserves respect and freedom.  And whenever there emerges a consistent cloud of lies or aggression against any nation, as it often does against Israel, it’s a great idea to confront the propaganda with truth.  What a concept.

That’s the aim of this brief article; not to vilify anyone, but to lay a plumb line of historical truth against the chaos and confusion surrounding the Arab-Israeli Conflict, which seems endless. This brief 90-second history lesson may just help put things in perspective for some.

(Note: I sent this article to Ariel Cohen, professor at the University of Jerusalem, and he verified the accuracy of these facts.)

>> Nationhood and Jerusalem

Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.  The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.

For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital.

Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.

Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy Scriptures but Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.

King David founded the city of Jerusalem.  Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

Jews pray facing Jerusalem but Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

>> Arab and Jewish Refugees

In 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews.  Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.  The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be around 630,000.     The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.

Arab refugees were intentionally not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own peoples’ lands.  Jewish refugees were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey.

>> The Arab – Israeli Conflict

The Arabs are represented by eight separate nations, not including the Palestinians.  There is only one Jewish nation.

Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.

The P.L.O.’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them with weapons.

Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Jewish cemeteries were defiled and the tombstones uprooted and used to build lavatories and to pave roads.  Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.

>> The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs

Of the 175 Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.  Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.  The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.   The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.  The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.