Test your knowledge of Israel—take the quiz!

Ron Cantor —  September 4, 2017 — Leave a comment

Question 1: What is Zionism?

SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE: While the UN once said that Zionism is racism, because it provides a homeland for JUST the Jewish people, nothing could be further from the truth (It is not like Israeli Jews can immigrate to Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran or Egypt). Secular Zionism flourished under Theodore Herzl (pictured) because he concluded, 40 years before the Holocaust, that the Jews would never be safe until they had there own land. Christian or Biblical Zionism is the belief that God preserved the Jewish people for 1,900 years, scattered them across the globe and then, according to His word, brought them home. “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land." Ezekiel 36:24 "Zionism is nothing more, but also nothing less, than the Jewish People's sense of origin and destination in the Land linked eternally with its name. It is also the instrument whereby the Jewish Nation seeks an authentic fulfillment of itself." - Abba Eban "Every empire that's enslaved him is gone, Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon. He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand, In bed with nobody, under no one's command." - Bob Dylan "For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, until her righteousness comes out like brilliance, and her salvation burns like a torch." - Isaiah 62:1 "Zionism is, in sum, the constant and unrelenting effort to realize the national and universal vision of the prophets of Israel." - Yigal Allon

Who was the President of Palestine when Israel was rebirthed in 1948

There has never been a nation called Palestine. It is a myth that the Arabs and the Media continue to propagate. When Israel became a nation, it was the British who ruled the region (not state) of Palestine. The word Palestine has no Arab connection whatsoever. Before the British, it was the Turks for 400 years. Jerusalem was never important to Islam until the Jews began to reclaim it. Under Islamic rule, it was a wasteland.

The first nation to recognize Israel in 1948 was

Harry S. Truman immediately recognized the state of Israel against immense pressure from his own state department. "I had carefully read the Balfour Declaration. I had familiarized myself with the history of the question of a Jewish homeland and the position of the British and the Arabs. I was skeptical, as I read over the whole record up to date, about some of the views and attitudes assumed by the 'striped-pants boys' in the State Department." When the Jewish Agency, at the request that morning from Truman, formally asked for recognition they didn't even know the name of the new state. On the way to the White House, the established of the State of Israel was declared by our first Prime Minister at 4PM Israel time in Tel Aviv. They caught the currier just before he arrived at the White House, and with a pen, scratched out "Jewish State" and wrote in "Israel"! Truman signed it.

Who was Israel's first Prime Minister?

David Ben Gurion immigrated to Israel as a young man from Poland. He was raised as a staunch Zionist (the belief that the Jewish people will never be safe without returning to their own land as the Scriptures predicted). He worked in a collective farm clearing rocks in his early years and ended up becoming Israel's first Prime Minister after years of leading the effort for statehood. His passion was seeing the "desert blossom like a rose" and urged Israelis to move to the Negev Desert. Beersheva in the heart of the Negev is Israel's fourth largest city and host's Ben Gurion University of the Desert.

Israel returned the entire Sinai Desert to Egypt in exchange for what?

Camp David Accords and the Arab-Israeli Peace Process. The Camp David Accords, signed by President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in September 1978, established a framework for a historic peace treaty concluded between Israel and Egypt in March 1979. (https://history.state.gov/milestones/1977-1980/camp-david)

What new country was birthed on 80% of Historic Palestine in 1921?

In 1921, Transjordan was given autonomy to govern 80% of the land that the League of Nations had already promised to Israel at the 1920 San Remo conference. This country became known as Jordan. "The San Remo Resolution adopted on 25 April 1920 incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for Palestine was constructed. Under the Balfour Declaration, the British government had undertaken to favour the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine without prejudice to the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country." Many people refer to Jordan as the Palestinian Arab homeland. There were no ethnic differences between Arabs who lived on the East bank of the Jordan and those who lived on the west. Neither of them had independent countries. Jordan was invented and Palestine has never been a country. Even their flags are nearly identical.

In 1917 Great Britain released the "Balfour Declaration" that promised...

The Balfour Declaration was released by Great Britain at the end of WWII, to announce their support for the Jewish national homeland in the Biblical land of Judea, then called Palestine (which was a region, not a country). The allied forces took it from the Ottoman empire after 400 years of rule. It reads: His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country. The document became international law when the San Remo conference, under the authority of the League of Nations (United Nations) adopted in 1920. There has been no legal repudiation of it. PS There is a street named for the United Kingdom's former Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour in Tel Aviv.

What, in your opinion, is the best reason to join Ron and Elana in Israel this Spring for Israel's 70th Anniversary since her rebirth?

Of course there is no wrong answer here, and we would love for you to come be with us this April! It is going to be amazing! ISRAEL TOUR ITINERARY: www.livingstonesisrael.com (You will need to copy/paste the link into your browser.)

When did Palestine become a country?

There has never been a country called Palestine. Most so-called Palestinians came from southern Syria. As the Syrian President of Syria said to Yassar Arafat in the 70's, "You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian People, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people, Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people."

What was the name of the Zionist, JEWISH-OWNED newspaper in Jerusalem before 1948?

Before the PLO was birthed and certainly before Israel became a nation, the word Palestinian was a generic word that had no connection with Arab life, ethnicity or culture. A Palestinian was anyone, Jew, Arab, Christian, Beduin or anyone else who lived in the "region" of Palestine. If you were Jewish you called yourself a Palestinian Jew. So, the Jewish newspaper being called the "Palestine Post" was perfectly normal. Shortly after Israel became a nation, they changed the name to the "Jerusalem Post".

Who changed the name of Israel to Palestine?

It was the Roman Emperor Hadrian who conquered Judea and the Galilee and changed the name to Philistia (Palestine) after the extinct ancient Philistines. His goal was to utterly destroy the Jewish people, as they continue to rebel against Rome. By exiling the people and changing the name of their homeland, he knew they would not survive more than two or three generations. And yet, God watched over his people for 1,900 years and brought them back to their homeland, just as he promised. (Jer. 31:10) The picture of the Bible map comically is titled "Palestine in the Time of Messiah." To be sure, there was no Palestine in the time of Christ!