'This is the Deed to Our Land': Israel's Ambassador Takes Out Bible at UN to Prove Jewish People's Claim to Israel
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Israel's UN ambassador Danny Danon used the Bible to defend the Jewish people's claim to the land of Israel during a special session at the United Nations Security Council on Monday.
Danon was tasked with the job of proving the case for Jews' connection to the Holy Land during the session. He outlined four reasons, "the Bible, history, international law, and the pursuit of international peace and security."
In a dramatic moment, Danon opened the Bible and read aloud God's covenant with Abraham from Genesis 17: "And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you throughout the generations for an everlasting covenant. And I will give to you and your descendants after you all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession and I will be their God."
Danon then raised up the Bible, turned to attendees and said, "This is the deed to our land."
"From the book of Genesis to the Jews' exodus, from Egypt to receiving the Torah on Mt. Sinai, and to the realization of God's covenant in the holy land of Israel, the Bible paints a consistent picture. The entire history of our people and our connection to Eretz Israel begins right here," he continued while lifting up the Bible once again.
Danon argued that all of the Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – affirm the Jewish people's connection to Israel.
"The Qur'an itself accepts the divine deed of the Jewish people to the land of Israel," he said.
Danon then told the group how the Jews were expelled from Israel.
"In 70 CE, Roman Emperor Titus destroyed our Second Temple, expelled the Jewish people, and renamed the land nestled between Egypt and Lebanon 'Syria-Palestina, as a southern province of Syria. THAT is where the name Palestine comes from, though Jews still lived in Jerusalem," he argued.
2/4 In 70 CE, Roman Emperor Titus destroyed our Second Temple, expelled the Jewish people, and renamed the land nestled between Egypt and Lebanon "Syria-Palestina," as a southern province of Syria. THAT is where the name Palestine comes from, though Jews still lived in Jerusalem.— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) April 29, 2019
He also placed blame for the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the feet of Palestinian leaders.
3/4 To blame Jewish communities in Judea/Samaria for lack of peace misreads history. The Arabs have rejected:— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) April 29, 2019
1937 Peel Commission Report
1947 UN Partition Plan
1948 Israel truce
2000 Camp David Summit
2001 Taba Summit
2007 Annapolis Conference#UNSC
Danon said in order for peace to be possible, four things must happen, starting with the Palestinians recognizing Israel's right to exist.
4/4 Real peace will be possible when these four pillars are realized.— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) April 29, 2019
1. The Palestinians must accept and recognize the JEWISH State of Israel
2. The Palestinians must end their campaign of incitement
3. Regional cooperation
4. Israel will never compromise our security #UNSC
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