A True Narrative of Jews in Israel

nFSCjhiIn a remarkable article, “Grand Larceny,” Chloe Valdary powerfully reminds the reader that the Palestinian Arabs have succeeded in reversing the true narrative of Eretz Yisrael.1  They have to a great degree succeeded in convincing people around the world that their land was stolen from them by Israel and the Jews. But Valdary points out that the reverse is closer to the truth. The land that is present-day Israel – including Judea and Samaria – was land that was brutally taken away from the Jewish people after 70 AD, and was only rightfully restored in 1947.  The story of Jewish deprivation and suffering for thousands of years is the true story of Middle Eastern “larceny.”  Valdary suggests that Israel and the Jewish people need to “re-package” the narrative of the history of Israel to replace the narrative that has gained traction among so many people.

Let us then consider the possible basis for this “new” narrative:

The Romans, Arabs, European Catholics, Seljuks, and other groups persecuted the Jews in their God-given homeland for 2000 years. The Jews remained in the land of their forefathers even though they were officially kicked out by the Romans.  A remnant clung to its historical homeland in spite of the so-called diaspora of Jews throughout the world.  They endured everything to live and breathe in the homeland of their ancestors assigned as a homeland by Almighty God.2

The ancient Jewish kingdom was dealt a severe blow by the Assyrians and the Babylonians. Most of the Jews were taken into exile by the Babylonians.  However, the Persians conquered the Babylonians, and recognized that Judea, which included the capital city of Jerusalem, was Jewish land.  Under the Persian King Artaxerxes, a large contingent of Jews were allowed to return.3   The Persians in turn were overcome by the Greeks led by Alexander the Great.  Alexander recognized that Judea was Jewish land, and showed a lot of respect for the Jewish leadership.  Later, other pagan Jew-haters like the Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes wanted to wipe out the Jews and the Jewish religion and steal their land, but he was repulsed miraculously by Judah Maccabee and his brothers.  The Romans succeeded to power over Jewish land; however, even though they heavily taxed the Jews and treated them as a conquered people, the Sanhedrin (high level rabbinical court) under the Romans still had some authority.  Governors, appointed by the Roman Emperors, along with the Roman military legions, had the ultimate governing control.

The great catastrophe for Jewish civilization was having the Second Temple, the center of Jewish spiritual life, destroyed in 70 AD and having precious Judea and Samaria renamed “Palestina” by the Romans and Jerusalem renamed “Aelia Capitolina.”  Despite the Roman carnage, a remnant of Jews remained century-after-century clinging to their hope of restoration, but living as a minority and as second-class citizens in the land of their forefathers.  What endurance!  They demonstrated the perseverance of the brokenhearted.

By the 7th century AD, the violent hordes of Islam took over the lands of the Middle East.  Jews, however, continued to live in the same land that had been occupied by Joshua since 1300 BCE. They lived as a beleaguered minority under the Arabs, and endured as dhimmis (second-class citizens). That meant they had to pay a jizya (tax on non-Muslims) and endure humiliations.  Constantly the Jewish people were crying out to Almighty God — both the minority of Jews in their ancient land, and Jews living throughout the world — to restore their state, their full citizenship in the land given to Abraham for them, which they controlled for 1500 years.

What a great day for all the minorities of the world when World War I came to an end. After World War I, the rights of persecuted minorities began to be recognized.  Just as Czechoslovakia was created for the Czechs and Slovaks, just as the Ottoman Empire was broken up to recognize the claims of Arabs living under their control (the Ottomans were Muslims, but ethnographically were not Arabs), so the British recognized the claims of the indigenous Jewish minority living in their ancient homeland, having lived there since long before the 7th century when the Muslim Arab claims to the land began.

The sweet smell of liberation for minorities and colonialized people was in the air for the first time in history.  Jews began to rejoice.  But the Arabs, despite their own liberation at that time under temporary British and French mandates, took a hateful look at Jews who had the same aspirations for liberation.  Their liberation was okay, but Jewish liberation under the same set of principles was rejected.  This abiding rejection of the principle of national self-determination that has been totally accepted beginning with the end of World War I, and continuing at a greater pace after the creation of the United Nations, is the key to understanding the hatefulness of the Arab mindset.  If it meant that Jews could achieve self-determination by having only .01% of the land of the Arab nations, that was still too much for those selfish, unprincipled people, even though they hungered for the same goal as those Arab states.

Arab anti-Semitism has caused them to reject national self-determination as it applies to the Jews.  Meanwhile, even the national self-determination of Czechoslovakia has been fine-tuned, and that country has been divided to become the countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia. The integrity of Poland after being split by the Nazis and the USSR in 1939 has been restored, and Yugoslavia has become Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.  The Arabs have accepted all these, but they will not accept Jewish self-determination.  All the former republics of the USSR have become independent countries, all under the universally accepted principle of self-determination, but the Arabs do not accept Jewish self-determination. The Arab hatred for Israel is not only a rejection of Israel but is rejection of national self-determination, one of the key items of Pres. Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and carried forward more strongly by Pres. Roosevelt, Pres. Truman, and their successors, as well as the United Nations.  The Arab world should hang its head in shame (but they have no shame regarding non-Muslim principles and rights) as its behavior is disgracing every world leader, and every country that became independent after World Wars I and II.

Israel’s existence is not only a tribute to the tenacity of the Jews who persisted there during the 2000 years after Rome’s expulsion, not only to the prayers of Jews all over the world for 2000 years, but also to the triumph of self-determination as an idea whose time had come.  It is thrilling to see the emergence of so many new national entities in the 20th century, among them Israel, India, Pakistan, and the others named above. But the Goliath that is the Arab world would snatch away the wonderful restoration that is Israel.  Goliath would kill David.  But “David” has already triumphed despite the malevolent intentions of its neighbors. The power to have overcome such overwhelming hatred speaks for itself. If you are for the underdog, an underdog that is exercising the same right as every indigenous people in the world, namely the right to sovereignly govern itself, then you have to praise, honor, and stand up for Israel in every possible way.

1  The Algemeiner, July 3, 2014,  http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/02/grand-larceny/#comments

2 For a complete account of the Jewish presence (Yishuv) in the land of present-day Israel, see Jerome R. Verlin, Israel: 3000 Years, The Jewish People’s Three Thousand Years Presence in Palestine, Pavilion Press, 2010 and Jerome R. Verlin and Lee S. Bender, Pressing Israel, Pavilion Press, 2012.

3  See Tanakh, Nehemiah 2:1-10.

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  • mollysdad

    An extension of the narrative is that exporting Arabs from Arabia to the land of Israel, relabelling them as Palestinians and pretending that they’re indigenous is comparable to exporting Spaniards to the Americas and relabelling them as Argentinians.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Or English to America and Re-labeling them Americans?

      • American Patriot

        So Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are separate countries? My apologies, but the UK is one country, not four, and the country consists of different ethnic groups, just like Spain. Spain has Castilians, Aragonese, Catalans, Galicians, Basques and others. Yet, people have no problem identifying Spain as one unified country but have trouble identifying the UK as one country.

  • UCSPanther

    The only way the Arabs would learn, was through three painful military defeats, one in 1948, the next in 1967, and the third in 1971. Another one is going to be in order in due time.

    Before each one, the Arabs showed their arrogance, celebrating what they thought was inevitable victory, only to be brutally humiliated each time, and their propaganda showed it.

    For example, before the Six Day War, they commonly used old Der Sturmer caricatures of the “Cowardly Jew”, but after the epic defeat, they switched over to the “Unstoppable Hook-Nosed Demon” caricature, and as always, cried bloody murder, doing the “victimhood” schtick.

    Pride goeth before the fall…

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      UCSPanther AKBAR!

      Correction, third was 1973.

  • David

    The 1948 war really was a “David and Goliath” type-story, only this time David won.

    • Lanna

      Throughout history, the Jewish people are besieged but always manage to win historically against horrific odds, as David did!

      • David

        Just to make sure that we’re on the same page, you do realize I was making a joke right?

      • Americana

        Your David and Goliath metaphor is wrong if you consider the two separate Jewish kingdoms were conquered in 721 B.C.E. and 500+ B.C.E. by two different conquering cultures.

        • truebearing

          Ah, here is the British Muslim, gnawing on her own spleen in dismay at the tenacity of a people she would see defeated and denied a homeland.

    • Lightbringer

      David won the first round, too, millennia ago.

  • Brendan

    Great article :)

  • victor

    well said. Now tell it to the Israeli left and their brethren in the U.S. Jewish community, who treat the murderous Palestinian on equal level as the self-defending Israelis.

    • Johnny Palestine

      The Israeli left believes that Israelis do not belong in Israel post 1948 borders!!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Then the Israeli Left should move to Eurabia where their parents, grand-parents were told they don’t belong in Europe.

        They also can’t go to the US because the US is occupying Native American land.

  • 1Indioviejo1

    My question is , why do people around the world buy the Arab deception?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Anti-Semitism destroys the ability to think clearly.

      As when British journalist Alan Johnston was kidnapped, the British Journalists Union slameed ISRAEL!

      http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A05E3D7113FF934A25757C0A9619C8B63

      • 1Indioviejo1

        +
        I agree with you, prejudice trumps objective thinking. Shame on them.

      • Barbara

        Blaming it ALL on antisemitism (which exists of course) is not accurate. I personally have met many well-meaning people in my hyper liberal area who have swallowed the Palestinian propaganda perpetrated by the mainstream media and who do NOT know that there is another side. The truth is on the side of Israel but the truth is not usually portrayed in media. These people would side with Israel if they knew the truth. See my comment above for the answer to this sorry state of affairs–a lethal state of affairs for Israel.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      lefty agenda

    • Chloe Valdary

      Because the Jews do not assert their narrative. So there is a vacuum and people will by default believe the only narrative that exists.

  • Americana

    Interesting date to choose as the final crushing defeat of the Jewish kingdom(s) — 70 A.D. But, the ancient Jewish kingdoms were respectively conquered in 721 B.C.E. (Israel) and 597 B.C.E. (Judah) and were not ever restored to power. The fact there was an uprising of a fragmentary population of Jews in 73 A.D. makes for an interesting historical footnote to the Jewish kingdoms. It doesn’t prove the type of provenance that historians seek or that Jews are attempting to recreate.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Places/Place/339183

    · Kingdom of Israel · Kingdom of Judah

    Israel fell to the Assyrians in 721 BCE; Judah fell to the Babylonians a little over a century later in 597 BCE. The people today known as ‘Jews’ are descended from the southern half of ancient Israel. Most people mistakenly think that the southern Kingdom was only populated by those Jews from the tribe of Judah and Bejamin, but this is not exactly so. In Bibical times, Israel was originally one country. Eventually, it suffered through a civil war which split it into two parts. This happened in 922 BCE. Jeroboam led the revolt of the northern tribes and established the (northern) Kingdom of Israel. It consisted of nine landed tribes: Zebulun, Issachar, Asher, Naphtali, Dan, Manaseh, Ephraim, Reuben and Gad, and some of Levi [which had no land allocation]. This makes ten tribes, which later became known as “the lost ten tribes”. However, Manaseh and Ephraim technically count as just one full tribe, so their were really eight full landed tribes, and part of one tribe without land. Samaria was its capital.

    Judah, the southern Kingdom, has Jerusalem as its capital and was led by King Rehoboam. It is populated by the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon (and also some of Levi). Simeon and Judea later merged together, and Simeon lost its separate identity.

    In 722 BCE, the Assyrians, under Shalmaneser, and then under Sargon, conquered Israel (the northern Kingdom), destroyed its capital Samaria, and sent the Israelites into exile and captivity. Much of the nine landed tribes of the northern kingdom become ‘lost’. However, what is less commonly know is that many people from the conquered northern kingdom fled south to safety in Judea, the Southern Kingdom, which maintained its independence. By this time the nation of Judah then was populated with Israelites from Judah, Bejamain, Shimeon, some of Levi, and many from all of the other tribes as well.

    • Jeff Ludwig

      The Temple sacrificial/ritual system existent in the Mosaic covenant was as central to Jewish unity as the political and geographic unity. The three elements were inseparable. Thus, destruction of the Temple was very catastrophic for Jewish history. The timeline you reference doesn’t give as much weight to ancient Jewish religious beliefs and practices as they deserve. For example, when I went to the timeline you referenced, I noticed that the names of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Nehemiah, Ezra, and Zerubbabel were not mentioned. I think they should have been included. Best wishes, J.L.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    All of that history is good to know, but none of it really matters however. As the Islamic totalitarian world through their proxy – the so-called Palestinians – are not waging jihad only against the infidel state of Israel. Instead, they are also waging jihad against all infidels and all infidel states throughout the world, and none of that stuff has anything to do with it. As a matter of fact, they are waging jihad against the infidels in Israel and also against all infidels and all religions throughout the world in the cause of Allah to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world, because that is the sole fundamental purpose of mainstream orthodox Islam.

    • Evermyrtle

      And Christians are the most hated of all “infidels”

      • ObamaYoMoma

        Not really. They are pretty much equal opportunity haters, but right now with the jihad raging between the Jewish infidels in Israel and Hamas, my guess is that the Jews are the most hated infidels right now. Not to mention that they are also obsessed with conquering Israel because it lies in the heart of Islam.

        • Lightbringer

          I must respectfully disagree. Israel does not lie in the heart of Islam. It lies in what was an unimportant backwater of Islam until the Jews regained their land. Arabs covet whatever the Jews have. If we had cancer, they’d want to have it too.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            So if the Arabian Peninsular isn’t the heart of Islam then that’s news to me. Not to mention, last time I checked Israel was surrounded by Islamic countries. Nonetheless, I get what you mean.

          • Lightbringer

            Israel isn’t in the Arabian Peninsula. It’s in the Levant.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Right and the Levant is part of the Arabian Peninsula.

      • 95Theses

        Actually, I’m inclined to agree with you. Jet airliners were not flown into skyscrapers in Tel Aviv — and they could have been.

        … [w]e must grasp a crucial distinction between Iranian attitudes to the “Great Satan” of the United States and to the “Little Satan” of Israel. Iranians may chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” with equal fervor, but from a tactical standpoint they well understand that the Great Satan is … great. The leaders of the Islamic Republic, even the fiercest ideologues among them, are under no illusion that the United States is about to be conquered by and for Islam in the near future.
        — Ze’ev Maghen
        http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB123093176783149767

        • American Patriot

          How about having proud American patriots chant “Death to Fascist Iran!” and “Death to Islamist Palestine!”? Islam needs to be reformed or completely outlawed.

          • 95Theses

            But aren’t you forgetting that Il Duce issued an edict that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”?

          • quousque

            You know what happened to Il Duce, don’t you?

          • 95Theses

            Hmmmm. We could call it Il Duce, the Sequel. Or maybe, Il Duce II. Maybe not. That looks a little confusing.

      • cj

        Not true.

  • Johnny Palestine

    The true narrative of the TERRORIST MANDELA & the ANC:

    ” The state of Israel has turned the occupied territories of Palestine into permanent death camps. Of course the killing of any child irrespective of race color or creed must be condemned and the death of two Israeli young people is surely as senseless as any other death. But for the State of Israel, the notion of an eye for an eye has become perpetual massacre with merciless revenge which has lasted for more than 60 years. It is time to stop the killing now.

    The recent attacks must cease as well as the ongoing and illegal Israeli occupation and collective Israeli punishment of the Palestinians. Gaza is the world`s largest open air prison with over 1,5 million Palestinians caged in and cut off from the rest of the world”.

    No mention of the rockets from Gaza into schools aimed at civilians as did the German Nazis in t heir blitz of London. No doubt these frauds are on a Muslim payroll.

    http://www.anc.org.za/show.php?id=10991

    Tell them that Mandela was a terrorist and should have died in prison.

    Here is the email
    sngubane@anc.org.za

  • Raymond_in_DC

    I’d add two points to this discussion. First, even when ruled by others or a repressed minority, the Jews were still there, doing what they could. Under the Romans, they produced the Mishnah in 200. Under Christian rule in the 5th century, they produced the Jerusalem Talmud. And in the 10th century in Tiberias, under Muslim domination, they produced the definitive edition of the Jewish Bible, today known as the Aleppo Codex.

    In the 16th century, Jews were building a textile industry in Safed, and by the mid-19th century Jews were already a majority in Jerusalem but were subservient to Muslim rule. The fact is there was only so much they could do – for themselves and for the land – when under someone else’s rule.

    Which brings me to the second point – that as long as this was a land lacking a Jewish majority and Jewish self-rule, it remained a political and economic backwater, mostly barren and desolate. Only with the return of the Jews was the land again to flow with milk and honey. (Israel’s dairies are the most productive in the world, and Israeli honey is especially good.) Only in Israel were there more trees at the end of the 20th century than they were at its beginning. Whereas Muslims banned the production of alcohol, Jews replanted vineyards and today make world-class wines. And in a land that was mostly rife with illiteracy, they’ve created renowned universities.

    It would appear that it wasn’t just the Jews who needed the land, but that the land needed the Jews. Without them, the land would look little different from Jordan, Syria or the Sinai, with various parties fighting over who should rule it.

    • Jeff Ludwig

      This is a very informed and helpful comment in my opinion.

      • truebearing

        Your article was well done, as well.

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  • Barbara

    Since the truth is on Israel’s side, why has Israel lost the Battle of Ideas in the Media?

    Israel should have had — and still should have– a well-funded and large Ministry dedicated to answering each and every one of the Muslims lies propagated in the media. Every single one needed to be answered. (Good politicians know this).

    As well, this Ministry should have gone on the propaganda offensive (this is needed more badly than ever now!).

    This was not adequately done. So Israel has lost the world-wide propaganda battle. Is this not obvious?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Chasing around on the defensive after enemy propaganda is not in and of itself an answer

  • Metatrona

    The world would be a better place without Muslims.

  • meanpeoplesuck

    Citing a fairy tale known as the Bible, Ridiculous. And you want to run the country on a 200 year old document that has very little to do with modern times. Should we bring back leeches and candles?

    • American Patriot

      More propaganda coming from an uneducated troll like you.

      • 95Theses

        You mean that there are educated trolls? Sakes!

    • UCSPanther

      Not as rediculous as a vapid Peurto Rican idiot like you, Gavin Lopez.

      Must be frustrating to live in a dream world and finding out the hard way that reality never matches your narrative.

    • Webb

      You love to whine, don’t you, sucker? You go over and apply for a job as a Human Shield. They’re running low, so you should get hired on the spot. Take your toothbrush and a bottle of water. Enh, I guess you won’t need those, with a life expectancy of about 2 seconds. Hey, but maybe you can get in on the 72 virgin he-goats for helping the muslims. They might share. Good luck, sucker.

    • 95Theses

      Better be working on your backstroke.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      And you want to run the country on a 200 year old document that has very little to do with modern times.”

      You’re obviously not a fan of the Constitution…

      • UCSPanther

        Probably not a fan of the concept enshrined in the Magna Carta, of forcing a head of state to abide by the laws of the land either…

    • truebearing

      We already have leeches…millions of them, courtesy of the failed policies of the Left.

  • LibertyWriter

    well said

  • Steven r

    Great article actueally very good history in here, saddly many people do not stand for the side of israel because ot the influencial media coming from so many sources advocating what the palistonians are doing and putting down israel. However they forget to inform you of the TRUTH. For example theyll tell you about the millitary offficials of israel beating people however theyll forget to inform you about how the person being beaten threw a rock at the millitary man/woman’s head

  • Wolfthatknowsall

    Jeff, your article was very well-written and powerful. I’m a member of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and at least once per day, I remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I put legs to those prayers by helping out the Fellowship with financial support. My admiration for Israel is boundless.

    The countries that surround Israel, well? My lack of admiration for them is also boundless. Since our beloved Fuh … ahem … I mean our President isn’t going to do anything about the new “Caliph”. I certainly hope that there are plans to deal with the likes of him …

  • Chloe Valdary

    Epic Article :)

  • Anonymous

    The Land of Israel is the Land of Israel.

  • Anonymous

    The Children of Israel have come home, never to be removed.

  • DanA
  • http://jtgillick.com/ jtgillick

    “The land that is present-day Israel – including Judea and Samaria – was land that was brutally taken away from the Jewish people after 70 AD, and was only rightfully restored in 1947.”

    And when can we expect Chloe Valdary to remind us – powerfully, of course – that the land of the originals of this continent was brutally taken away from them between 1492 and 1924?

    To be followed no doubt by your laudatory review … and your call for the rightful return of the land to it’s legitimate owners.

    Yes?

  • MrUniteUs1

    Wow no mention of Taharqa

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taharqa (excerpts below)

    Although Taharqa’s reign was filled with conflict with the Assyrians, it was also a prosperous renaissance period in Egypt and Kush. When Taharqa was about 20 years old, he participated in a historic battle with the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib at Eltekeh. At Hezekiah’s request, Taharqa and the Egyptian/Kushite army managed to stall the Assyrian advance on Jerusalem.
    Sennacherib abandoned the siege and returned home. Thus, Taharqa saved
    Jerusalem and Hebrew society from destruction, a pivotal point in world
    and Hebrew history.

    Biblical references

    Scholars[who?] have identified Taharqa with Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia (Kush), who waged war against Sennacherib during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah (2 Kings 19:9; Isaiah 37:9).