Question: Does the Bible give any guarantee of a peaceful settlement in Palestine between the Arabs and the Jews?
Answer: This question concerning the problem of the Israeli-Arab conflict has consumed more time in the United Nations and the Security Council than almost any other issue. This is Part One of a continuation of articles on this important subject. “Who owns the land of Palestine? The Jews or the Arabs?” Both “brothers’ claim title to the land by virtue of being the sons of Abraham, but having different mothers. They are: Isaac, (father of the nation of Israel) and Ishmael ( father of the Arab nations).
God had given the land to Abraham and his seed. We have the record in Genesis 17:7,8,
"And I will establish my covenant between me and thee (Abraham) and THY SEED after thee in their generations for an EVERLASTING COVENANT (7) ...And I will give unto thee, and to THY SEED after thee, the LAND wherein thou art a stranger, ALL THE LAND OF CANAAN, for an EVERLASTING possession, and I will be their God.”
In Genesis 15:18 God gives the exact boundaries of this land now called Palestine.
“In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto THY SEED have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.”
It extended from the river of Egypt, northward, for hundreds of miles to the River Euphrates. It was bordered on the west by the Mediterranean Sea. It included most of the Sinai Peninsula, the Middle East, Edom, Transjordan, Syria, and generally the areas occupied by the Arabian nations. The entire area covered approximately 255,000 square miles. Israel today occupies only a portion of this land.
There was no problem until Israel moved back into the land, being recognized by the United Nations as a sovereign state in May 14, 1948. There has been trouble and fighting ever since.