According to Scripture – Israel’s incontestable ownership
He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
He remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”
When they were few in number,
Indeed very few, and strangers in it.
(Psalm 105:7-12 – emphasis added)
To accept what is written on this page takes believing that there is only one God – the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible, Creator of the earth and everything that is in it, Whose name is spelled YHWH, and Who calls Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. He is not the Allah of the Quran. Israel’s watertight claim to the land stands on the authenticity of the Bible. Other strong claims can be made too, based on historicity, morality and international law.
This is what the Bible says:
– God called Abram to leave his land and come to a land He would show him – a land called Canaan in which the Canaanite nations were living. (Genesis 12:1,5,6)
– God said it was His intention to give all the land known of Canaan to Abram’s descendants. (Genesis 12:7; Deuteronomy 32:49)
– God stated categorically that He had already given this land to Abram. (Genesis 13:14,15,17)
– God ‘cut covenant’ with Abram, vowing to give him descendants more numerous than the stars, and that this land would be their inheritance. (Genesis 15: 5,7,18)
– In a single chapter (Genesis 17) God changes Abram’s name and destiny, and nine times states that He is making a covenant with this newly renamed Abraham, that central to this covenant is the land of Canaan, and that the nation with which this covenant will be established and to which this land will be given will come through the line of his yet-to-be-born son Isaac from Sarah’s womb, and not through the already-born son Ishmael.
– After Isaac is born Sarah will assert that Ishmael will never be co-heir with Isaac; God tells Abraham to heed her for He too has determined that “in Isaac your seed shall be called.” (Genesis 21:10,12)
– The promise was sealed in this bloodline in one of the most excruciating tests of man’s fealty ever documented, when Abraham showed his readiness to sacrifice his “only son” Isaac. His unrivaled act of obedience brought the promise of redemption to all the nations of the world. (Genesis 22:18)
– God then ratified the land covenant through the line of Jacob, away from Esau even though Esau was the firstborn (Genesis 35:12) (Romans 9:10-14). God renamed Jacob Israel (Genesis 32:28 and 35:10) thus establishing the nation that would be called the ‘Children of Israel’. (Genesis 46:5)
– God set the Children of Israel apart from all the other nations on the earth and gave them the land to possess that had previously belonged to other nations (Leviticus 20:24). He instructed the Children of Israel to dispossess all the other people who lived in and had owned and worked the land for centuries. (Numbers 33:50-56)
– God repeatedly, ad infinitum, speaks out His intention and purpose for and promise of the land, stressing that He has given it to the Children of Israel. He says so from Genesis (12:7; 13:15,17; 15:7,18; 17:8; 24:7; 26:3,4; 28:4,13; 35:12; 48:4) through Exodus (6:4,8; 12:25; 13:5,11; 32:13; 33:1), Leviticus (14:34; 20:24; 23:10; 25:2,38;), Numbers (14:16; 20:12,24; 27:12; 32:7,9; 33:53; 36:2), Deuteronomy (1:8,35; 3:18,20; 4:38; 6:10,23; 7:13; 8:10; 9:23; 10:11; 11:9,21; 12:10; 19:8; 25:19; 26:10,15; 28:11,52; 30:20; 31:7,21; 32:49; 34:4), Joshua (1:6,15; 2:9; 5:6; 9:24; 18:3; 21:43; 23:13,15,16; 24:13), 1 Kings (8:36; 9:7), 1 Chronicles (16:18), 2 Chronicles (6:27; 7:20), Nehemiah (9:8,15), the Psalms (105:11), Jeremiah (3:8; 11:5; 25:5; 32:22; 35:15), Ezekiel (11:17; 20:15,28,42; 37:25; 47:14) to Amos (9:15).
– That is 89 times at least that God makes the definite statement in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament – which it is important to note – for those who wonder why there is little reference to the land in the New Testament, though there is some – was the only Bible Jesus and His disciples had and referred to as the authoritative and forever valid Word of God) that He has given this land as an inheritance exclusively to this particular people, “forever”.
– As He states in the excerpt from Psalm 105 at the top of this page: God gave His word, swore an oath, instituted a statute, and established an everlasting covenant whereby He has given this land to the children of Israel as their possession forever.
Conclusion: God’s plan of redemption is His plan. He is answerable to no man over its configuration or components or direction or purpose. What is principal is that it extends to all people of every nation, for God so loved the world and He does not want anyone to perish.
He is God and it is His plan, so if we believe in Him and trust in His Lordship we need to be very clear in our understanding that He has chosen to redeem all people on earth through one bloodline, from which He made one nation, to which He gave one land.