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Israel – Friend or Foe?

Dr. William Varner


Old Testament Professor the Master’s College

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Middle East Today


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The Promise of the Land


1. Genesis 12:1-3
2. Genesis 13:14-17
3. Genesis 15:18
4. Genesis 16:10-12 Ishmael
5. Genesis 21:12 Isaac
Historical High Points
• Destruction of Jerusalem / Temple 70 AD

• Muslim Conquest of the Land 640 AD

• Crusader Occupation 1100-1187 AD

• Turkish Control 1517-1917 AD

IMPORTANT DATES
1897 First Zionist Congress
1917 Balfour Declaration/British Rule
1947 United Nations Partition
1948 Birth of Modern Israel ..\My Music\HaTikva.ram

1967 Six-Day War


1973 Yom Kippur War
1994 Israel-Palestinian “Accord”
2000-03 Current “Intifada”
Labor and Likud
(two versions of Israel’s role)
1. Labor’s roots in the General Zionism of Ben Gurion and
Chaim Weizman and the military role of the Haganah.
2. Likud’s roots in the Revisionist Zionism of Jabotinsky and the
military role of the Irgun (Menachem Begin).
3. The leadership of Israel has alternated between Likud and
Labor since 1977. (Likud: Begin, Shamir, Netanyahu, and
Sharon; Labor: Rabin, Peres, Barak) Pre -77 always Labor.
4. The parliamentary system of election to the Knesset creates a
larger than expected role of power for the religious parties (less
than 15% of the Knesset members). Rule by coalition.

Palestinian “Parties”

• The Palestinian Authority (Yasser Arafat)


(“Fatah”)
• “Hamas” (“violence”)
• “Islamic Jihad” (“struggle”)
• many factions, militias, etc.
Two Leaders

For More Information


WEB SITES:
www.jpost.com The Jerusalem Post
www.haaretzdaily.com Haaretz in English
www.debka.com Debka File
BOOKS:
A Durable Peace Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel in Crisis David Dolan