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The Fence, the U.N., The Hague, and God’s Ruling



January 6, 2004

The Fence, the U.N., The Hague, and God’s Ruling

Last year the United Nations passed a non-binding resolution and asked for a political matter to be referred for consideration in The Hague. The Hague is the seat of the government of the Netherlands and headquarters of the International Court of Justice. Hague Tribunal, or International Permanent Court of Arbitration, is a court established by the first Hague Peace Conference in 1899. It is now supported by some 80 nations. The court supplies arbitrators to decide international disputes submitted to them. After World War I it was supplemented by the World Court and, later, the International Court of Justice. The political matter referred to the International Court of Justice involves the legality, the right, of Israel to construct a security fence or wall around the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The International Court of Justice has scheduled a hearing on the fence for February 23, 2004. The hearing is just the beginning of a very long process, which could take months or a year to complete. The resolution asked the Court to consider the “legal consequences arising from the construction of the wall being built by Israel, the occupying power.” But Israel condemned the decision, saying it is a “cynical manipulation” of an apparatus that is designed to promote world peace in order to further the interests of those supporting terrorism. Israel is worried about judges who will be appointed to preside over the hearing, since two Arabs are currently among those on the Court of Justice, and both of these judges have expressed anti-Israel sentiments in the past. The Foreign Ministry Office is now probing the possibility to have some Israeli judges on the panel. Israel has an international team of legal experts currently in the process of formulating the country’s defense for the February hearing.

By the time the whole court scenario drags itself to a final legal opinion being handed down by the court, the fence should be near completion, and the worst that could happen to Israel over it would be the imposition of sanctions against it, which the United States would probably veto in the Security Council.

The Palestinians would not really have a legal leg to stand on if the fence had been built precisely on the “green line,” which was the border that existed between Jordan and Israel before the 1967 War. But I knew they would dip over and over again inside the “green line” to include Jewish settlements on the Israeli side of the fence, and this may cause the ruling to go against Israel. However, it really doesn’t matter which way the Court decides, because Israel is not going to pay much attention to any ruling that goes against them. This ongoing squabble between Israel and the Palestinians in the International Court of Justice in The Hague will likely get a lot of press coverage in February, but it will only amount to a tempest in a teapot.

The world has decided that Israel has no right to occupy the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, but an International Court of Justice cannot reverse a decision handed down by God. God promised the present territory, now occupied by Israel, to Abraham through his son Isaac, not Ishmael, and the man Jacob, whom God renamed Israel, was the son, the seed, of the man Isaac. The land now occupied by Israel belongs to Israel through the decree of Almighty God.

Genesis 13:14-17 – And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: [15] For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. [16] And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. [17] Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Genesis 15:6,7 – And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. [7] And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Genesis 17:7,8,19 – And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. [8] 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. [19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.

Abraham had a son named Ishmael by the Egyptian concubine Hagar, and he made promises concerning him, but the land of Israel was given to the descendants of Abraham through Isaac.

Genesis 17:20,21 – And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. [21] But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

After Sarah’s death Abraham took a wife named Keturah, and had six sons by her, but before his death he gave all that he had to Isaac.

Genesis 25:1,2,5 – Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. [2] And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. [5] And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

And, before his death, Abraham sent those sons who did not come from Sarah into the east country. They are the Arab descendants of Abraham through Ishmael, the six sons of Keturah, and Moab and Ammon, the two sons of Lot by his two daughters that survived Sodom.

Genesis 25:5-8 – And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. [6] But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. [7] And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. [8] Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

And, during the Millennial Reign of the Seed of Jacob, Israel will occupy the east country into which Abraham sent his sons not born of Sarah.

Genesis 15:18 – 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:

And the descendants of all who dwelt there at the time of Abraham, as well as the descendants of Abraham who did not come through Sarah, will be subject to the rule of Israel and her returned Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Genesis 15:19-21 – The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, [20] And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, [21] And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

In fact, their Messiah will rule over all the earth, and Israel will be the ruling nations of nations under him.

Zech. 14:8,9,11,16 – And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. [11] And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. [16] And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.