January/February 2003

The Middle East: Facts About the Conflict

Features

Israel: Still a Miracle

The world thought it impossible. But with God, nothing is impossible. And if you don’t believe that fact, you don’t know the history of little Israel.

The Six-Day War

Surrounded by 250,000 enemy soldiers, 2,000 tanks, and 700 jetfighters, Israel again defended herself. The outcome? Another miracle.

The Awful Price of Terror

We hear about Israelis killed by terrorist bombs. But what about those who survive—and are crippled for life? Here is a story you won’t soon forget.

The PLO and PA

If these organizations confuse you, read this article. It will untangle the web that Yasser Arafat has spun over the eyes of the Western world.

Twenty Facts About Israel
 and the Middle East


The world’s attention has been focused on the Middle East. We are confronted daily with scenes of carnage and destruction. Can we understand such violence?

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From Bill Sutter’s Desk Jan/Feb 2003

It was a trip none of us will forget. As our group of 45 landed in Tel Aviv, we did not realize that, for the next ten days, we would be the largest...

The Promise Continues

God never makes promises He doesn't keep. And He will keep these.

Selling Islam in America

The one-year commemoration of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon spawned a huge irony. While Americans and masses of people the world over held solemn...

The War of Independence

When the British received their League of Nations mandate over the Holy Land at the San Remo Conference in 1920, they were told to implement the Balfour Declaration that called for “the establishment...

Who Are the ‘Refugees’?

The original Palestinian refugees were about 650,000 (a UN mediator at the time placed the figure at 472,000) Arabs who voluntarily abandoned their homes before the 1948 War of Independence. Arab leaders encouraged...

Who Took Whose Lands?

Although the British were instructed in 1920 to help the Jewish people resettle into land that had been designated for a Jewish national home, they did just the opposite. Instead of facilitating Jewish...

What Are the ‘Occupied Territories’?

Israel acquired the “occupied,” or, more accurately, disputed territories during the 1967 Six-Day War.
They are Judea/Samaria (West Bank) and the Gaza Strip. In
1981 Israel annexed the Golan Heights, also acquired...

The Yom Kippur War

Anwar Sadat replaced Nasser as Egypt’s president after Nasser’s death in 1970. Sadat believed he had to regain the Sinai taken by Israel in 1967. Israeli intelligence warned the government that war...

Israel and Egypt Make Peace

The Egyptian press is virulently anti-Semitic, and the Egyptian government does little to stop illegal arms-smuggling to the Palestinians. Nevertheless, the March 26, 1979, peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has created...

The Terrorists

When it comes to terrorists, it is sometimes difficult to tell the players without a program. Although the secular press of late has taken to calling them militiamen, freedom fighters, militants, and other such misleading...

Peace Treaty Between Israel and Jordan

Israel and Jordan have had good relations. Their treaty provided for an end to war and normalized relations. Israel and Jordan have had mutually successful joint ventures in commerce, trade, resources...

Arafat

Yasser Arafat is not a Palestinian. He was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1929. His real name is Muhammad Abdel Rahman (first name) Abdel Raouf (father’s name) Arafat (grandfather’s name) Al Qudua...

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords

Israel has (1) recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the representative of the Palestinians; (2) allowed complete Palestinian autonomy in certain areas and civil autonomy in others; (3) allowed Palestinian...

The PA Strategies

How many ways are there to destroy Israel other than through outright war? The Palestinian Authority has at least two...

The Intifadas

The word intifada is Arabic for “shaking off.” It refers to two violent Palestinian-Arab uprisings in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (West Bank). The first occurred from December 1987 through September 1993; the second began...

The Key Resolutions

Israel will be 55 years old in May. The country was established under sanction of inter national law after the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181 in 1947, dividing the remaining 23 percent...

Status of Jewish Holy Sites

Under Jordanian occupation (May 28, 1948—June 7, 1967), all Jewish holy sites in East Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria were off-limits to Jews. In East Jerusalem, 58 synagogues were destroyed or desecrated. Jordan built...

Fact vs. Fiction

Fiction: All the Jewish people left the land in the first century A.D.
 Fact: Jewish people have lived in the land from the time of Joshua to today. In fact, there has never been a time...

When Was the Holy Land an Independent Arab State?

For years Yasser Arafat has referred to Israel as “our country, Palestine” and has talked about retaking the land, “restoring its freedom,” and restoring the State of Palestine with “holy Jerusalem” as its capital...

The Bible, Qur’an, and Hadith

The Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, contains 114 chapters, or surahs, that embody codes governing religious, civil, commercial, and military affairs. Since it was the first Arabic book of consequence, it has incalculable...

Irreconcilable Differences

In the early 1980s, three brothers— all serious, devout Muslims and the sons of a leader in the Islamic faith—surrendered their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. “We did not ‘switch religions...

A History of the Holy Land

2126 B.C..........................God calls Abraham to the land of Canaan (Gen. 12:1–3).

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The Status Quo

On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution supporting the Two State Solution. House Majority Leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer, said of the non-binding resolution...

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