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Is It True That Israel Stole Palestine?

Is It True That Israel Stole Palestine?

We have heard time after time, Israel stole the land from the Palestinians. This claim is as a rule presented by a map, showing us what once was Palestine, now what Israel has left to them, but is this true?

The claim is that Israel is occupying Palestinian land. Still, one has to ask, an occupation is a taking of sovereignty and ruling over sovereign of the property yourself, but one has to ask, “When did these “Palestinians” ever hold sovereignty over the land? I deal with the legal and land ownership with Did Israel Steal The Ancestral Home Of The Palestinians, Part 1, I had to do this in three parts due to the reference material that was shown.

Before the League of Nations Mandate of Palestine, was a sovereign Palestinian nation there? We look at the first map of what is shown by apologists, we see what is shown as Palestine in 1947, but is this map based off of facts?

This map is a fiction.

The first map, the one from 1947 was the Map of the British Mandate of Palestine. And who was the Mandate created for? How about we look at the Mandate?

The Palestine Mandate

The Council of the League of Nations:

Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have agreed, for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to entrust to a Mandatory selected by the said Powers the administration of the territory of Palestine, which formerly belonged to the Turkish Empire, within such boundaries as may be fixed by them; and

Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the declaration originally made on November 2nd, 1917, by the Government of His Britannic Majesty, and adopted by the said Powers, in favor of the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people….

So let’s back up, you see the map of 1947 is not accurate, to understand the history of the Mandate we have to see the Mandate was it was originally created in 1920.

This is a map of the Mandate of Palestine; this is all the land that was promised for a future Jewish nation, so what happened? It turns out the British happened.

To appease the Arabs in the land they turned around and split off over 75% of the land; this was in direct violation of article 5 of the mandate:

ART. 5.

The Mandatory shall be responsible for seeing that no Palestine territory shall be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of the Government of any foreign Power.

But they did, soon the mandate was split as such:

Notice the much larger Arab part of the land, the region in Green, this was given to the Hashemites to appease them with the deal the British had made with the House of Saud in what today is Saudi Arabia, they brought a foreign family from Saudi Arabia, gave them the throne in what then was Transjordan, later Jordan, in Syria and Iraq as well.

But there is a point of notice here, notice that no place was the Golan Heights there, it was in the first map, so what happened there? Turns out the British went at it again, they gave that part of the Mandate of Palestine to the Mandate of Syria, another violation of the Mandate.

But again, I ask, “When did the Arabs that now ‘claim’ to be Palestinians hold sovereignty over this land?”

We hear that Israel stole the land, yet in any court of law, you first have to show evidence of possession before you can charge someone with theft of your property. Yet there was never in the history of the world a sovereign nation called Palestine, so how did what you never owned get stolen from you?

To deal with this, we need to go back in time, starting in 1918, when the Ottoman Empire was faced defeat, as part of their Middle East holdings they held the territory of Syria, what later is Israel was part of this. In the Treaty of Sevres, they passed sovereignty of this land to the League of Nations, so I as, “If they did not hold sovereignty, then when did they?”

The Ottomans captured the land from the Mamluks in 1516, the Mamluk Sultanate, created out of the ashes of the seventh Crusade took control of the holy land in 1260. We all know of Saladan, how he took Jerusalem from the Crusaders, before that the city was taken from the Byzantines by the Umayyads.

The problem is in no time was this land sovereign, even under the Crusaders, which was the Kingdom of Jerusalem, it was a kingdom that was a vassal state of the European countries, it could not stand on its own. Before this, from the time of the Romans and the Byzantines, there was never sovereignty in the land, the Romans took sovereignty from the Jews, the last ones to hold it.

But back to the current time.

We see in the next map listed above showing Israel in 1948, but that is not true, this land that was proposed by the UN in UN Resolution 181, a resolution the Arabs unanimously rejected, stated if Israel declared sovereignty over any of the land they would go to war.

“I personally wish that the Jews do drive us to this war, as this will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Tartar massacre or the Crusader wars.”
– Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League
(Akhbar al-Yom, Egypt, October 11, 1947; quoted in David Barnett and Efraim Karsh, “Azzam’s Genocidal Threat,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2011)

“If the Jewish state becomes a fact, and this is realized by the Arab peoples, they will drive the Jews who live in their midst into the sea… Even if we are beaten now in Palestine, we will never submit. We will never accept the Jewish state… But for politics, the Egyptian army alone, or volunteers of the Muslim Brotherhood, could have destroyed the Jews.”
– Hassan al-Banna, Muslim Brotherhood founder
(New York Times, August 2, 1948)

Israel declared nationhood anyway; the next day, the Arabs went to war with them, the Arabs in response invaded Israel from three sides.

In 1948 to prevent Israel from knowing nationhood, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, along with their Arab allies, invaded Israel, as you can see in the map below:

The Arab armies quickly squeezed the Jews out of the most of the Mandate, but they came back, the Arabs openly had stated if they won they would wipe them out, so they were fighting for not only their lives but the lives of their loved ones as well. In the end, they came out victorious. The map looked like this:

There then was a cease-fire, or green line was set up, at this point the land was divided as such, but at no time was there a Palestinian nation, this is the third map that is always shown, but none of this land was Arab land, it was Israeli land and land occupied by Egypt and Jordan.

Notice, none of these areas were Palestine, the Egyptians nor Jordanians once offered sovereignty to the Arabs there.

What is of considerable interest is in 1964 the Palestinian Authority, the PLO or Fatah made up their first charter, I bring your attention to article 24 in that charter:

Article 24. This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields.

Isn’t it interesting that in 1964 the Arabs who just three years later, the same ones that claimed to in mass turn into Palestinians, said they had no claim to Judea and Samaria, which Jordan renamed the West Bank, nor did they have a claim to Gaza? So what changed?

It turns out it was the war of 67, Israel threw out the occupying Arab forces. Jordan then gave up their claim to the land to the Arabs who now claimed to be Palestinians. Here is a question here: did they have a claim in the first place?

So I ask, when did these “Palestinians” possess this land, and if they never did, how exactly did they ‘lose it?’

When people bring this up to me, I usually tell them exactly what I have shown above, then I ask:

“The Mandate gave all the land of the Mandate to the Jews, the British to appease the Arabs gave over 75% of the land to the Arabs, then sided with them to wipe out Israel. After this war ended with Israel not only surviving but controlling more territory the Arabs tried another three times to destroy them, ended up losing more land as they did so.

After the wars were done, Israel found peace with Egypt and Jordan, as you see from the maps below, they gave the land back to Egypt for peace, Jordan had to claim to Judea and Samaria, so they just gave up their claim, one that never existed to the “Palestinians.” But Israel kept trying at peace, they agreed to Oslo and Oslo 2 accords, pulled out of Gaza, and what did they get in return?”

To date, Israel has had over 20,000 rockets fired at them from Gaza, from Judea and Gaza they have dealt with suicide bombers, car rammings, stabbings, and kidnappings. One has to ask, why would they give any more?

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.


  1. Mark Yotter

    Timothy Benton — Thanks so much for writing your informative and truthful article. I first saw it on Quora and then followed the link here. I had never heard of Ocensor before, I’m sure I will come back and do more exploring.

    Most of my previous information about the land of Israel was from the late Gordon Lindsay. A Christian writer who loved Israel and wrote several books about God’s providence in the creation and preservation of the modern state of Israel. His daughter (Shira Sorko-Ram) married an Israeli and they have had a messianic Jewish ministry in Israel for over 40 years. I was going to suggest you might like some of his books on modern history, but I checked and most of his books on Israel are out of print. He had first hand stories about miracles being part of Israel’s creation, and he explained how the Arabs living in the land in 1948 and 1967 were told by the Israelis they could stay safely to live in peace, but it was Arab generated propaganda that caused most to flee the country in fear. The ones that stayed were safe and prospered. Israel didn’t persecute or chase them out.

    • user

      Thank you, have heard of Gordon Lindsay, must admit I know little of his books, but have heard of him in passing, will have to now check him out.

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