Arutz7 news 12 August 2009: “Up to 85 percent of Arabs in greater Israel stem from Jewish ancestors, it is estimated. Some of them want to become fully Jewish, but most are scared to even talk about it.”
Insofar as Christian Zionism goes, my way of thinking has been, at its most basic level, that Eretz Israel belongs to the Jewish nation because God says so. Pretty simple at that point. Ah – but who is the Jewish nation?
That should seem simple at first glance, but dig just beneath the surface, and it becomes not so simple after all. There are whole, long books written on this subject, but I want to keep it basic for now, because I’m only talking about the way the Arutz7 article upset my apple cart.
Quick & easy Biblical answer #1: the Jewish nation consists of the descendants (“seed,” in Bible lingo) of Abraham. Ok, good, but what about his other descendants, like those if Ishmael?
Quick & fairly easy Biblical answer #2: in Genesis 21:12, Moses writes, “God said, ‘Abraham, don’t worry about your slave woman and the boy. Just do what Sarah tells you. Isaac will inherit your family name,’” So it’s the descendants of Isaac, not Ishmael, or Midian, or any of the others, at least according to Moses, and thereby according to standard Christian Zionist teaching.
Well, ok, but Isaac had two sons, and Esau was the firstborn, and thereby entitled to inherit the family name… and so it goes.
To shorten a long story (this is not meant to be a “religious” blog), the usual answer is that the Jewish nation, ethnically speaking, comprises the descendants of old Abe’s younger grandson Jacob, aka Israel.
Ok, most Christian Zionists buy that. But along comes this study that there are (at least very probably – I’m just going by what the article said for now) a whole lot of descendants of Jacob now living among the population that we’ve been calling Palestinians, which are supposedly the enemies of the State of Israel. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Well, nothing is ever that simple – sorry. There are many “Palestinians” – perhaps even a majority, according to some studies – that really do support the State of Israel, but are terrified to say so.
This, of course, involves a huge complex of issues which have been addressed in depth in many places which I won’t cite here, because I’m maintaining a focus, but I suppose one could say with much confidence that the actual “terrorists” are the ones running the “Palestinian” infrastructure – Hamas, Fatah, Abbas, Haniyeh, & their ilk – and the victims of terrorism are those whom we call “Palestinians” as much as are Jewish or other Israelis.
Which, come to think of it, is not news after all, is it? So my apple cart can get back on its wheels – whew!