Why Israel has the right to exist in Palestine

Four reasons why Israel has the right to exist and remain in the Palestine region

1. Much of the Palestine region belongs to Israel

Archaeology and ancient texts confirm Israel’s rights and ownership of the Land of Judea, renamed “Syria Palestina” by the Romans in 135 AD. In the book of Genesis, God promised the land to Abraham’s descendants through Isaac, not Ishmael.

Today, Israel has over 2 million Palestinian Arab citizens. In 2005, Jews left Gaza to allow Palestinians to establish their territory. The West Bank is currently shared by Israelis and occupied by various Arab citizens who began to refer to themselves as (exclusively) Palestinians in 1964.

Archaeological evidence

Throughout history, Palestine has been known as the Land of Judea and the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The Kingdom of Israel, founded in the 11th century B.C., covered the north, while the later-established Kingdom of Judah controlled the south.

The ancient Kingdom of Israel emerged from the Canaanites in the early Iron Age (Iron Age I, 1200–1000 BC, Britannica). The following archeological evidence reveals the Palestine region belongs to Israel:

Ancient Biblical Cities
Beersheva City
Burial Plaque of King Uzziah
Code of Hammurabi and Old Testament Laws
Cylinder of Cyrus the Great
Dinosaurs in the Bible
Hezekiah’s Sluice Gate
Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription
Hittites people
Kurkh Monoliths
Noah’s Great Flood
Merneptah Stele
Mesha Stele or the Moabite Stone
Mt. Ebal Curse Tablet
Nuzi Tablets
Obelisk of Shalmaneser III
Sennacherib Prism
Spherical Earth
Shiloh Tabernacle
Tel Dan Stele

Emperor Hadrian renames Judea to Palestina

Emperor Hadrian renamed Judaea or Judea (Land of Israel) into Syria Palaestina or Palestina in 134 A.D. to wipe out the remaining Jewish identity in the Roman province. He chose Palestina to spite the Jews because the Philistines were the hereditary enemy of the Israelites.

The Jews never left their land

After the Jewish exile in 70 A.D., Jewish communities maintained an unbroken presence in their land. Jews from other countries preserved their culture, religious traditions, and connection to Jerusalem.

  • Jews built communities in Jerusalem, Safed (Galilee), Hebron (Judean hills), and Tiberias even after the Ottoman conquest of Jerusalem in 1516. [Cambridge]
  • British census in 1864 in Jerusalem showed 8,000 Jews, 4,000 Muslims, and 2,500 Christians, indicating a continuous dominance of the people of Israel since 1050 BCE. [Britanica ProCon]
  • Preserved language: After the Jewish exile in 70 A.D., the scattered Jews could preserve the “dead Hebrew language.”

A portion of Israel’s once mighty kingdom

The Israel we know today is a small part of the Kingdom of Israel, established by King David. For centuries, they have been dispersed but held onto God’s promise to restore their land, which was fulfilled in 1948.


The Kingdoms of Israel and Judea predate the Babylonian Empire. There was no distinct “Palestinian Arab identity” until 1964, when the PLO was established. In 2005, Israelis left Gaza to give way to Arabs living in the area. However, the Hamas government continued to attack Israel through suicide bombers and missile attacks.

Unwanted: Israel was a desolate place

In 1867. Mark Twain described the region of what is now Israel as harsh and barren landscapes, including the Dead Sea, as a desolate and unforgiving place. He also said:

The Greeks and the Romans are gone, other people have sprung up handheld their torch high for a time, but it burned out…. the Jews saw them all, survived them all… all things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces passed, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” (Mark Twain, 1898)

In 1948, Jews returned to a barren land with no valuable natural resources. Nobody wanted it. Today, the dessert blooms in Israel. Scientists and experts marvel at Israel’s technology and agriculture while its Palestinian neighbors suffer from their hatred against Jews.

israel desert blooms
Unlike the Palestinian leaders who ruled Gaza, the Jews focused on nation-building through economic and technological development that enabled them to be a rich country with advanced weapon capabilities.

2. The League of Nations acknowledges Israel’s legal rights

British Mandate and Partition Plan

“Mandatory Palestine” was a geopolitical entity under the British administration—carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. Syria-Palestina (formerly the Land of Judaea) fell into the hands of the British Empire in 1917.

In 1948, the League of Nations, including the Philippines, voted to support Israel’s reestablishment—acknowledging Israel’s rightful existence. The Partition Plan of 1947 established a framework for the creation of a Jewish state and a Palestinian state

Two-State Solution

The establishment of a separate Arab state in the region, known as the “Two-State Solution,” didn’t materialize because Arab leaders rejected the Partition Plan. In 2005, Jews left Gaza to give way for the Arabs to establish their own state. However, they continued their call to annihilate Israel.

The League of Nations acknowledged Israel’s rightful existence.

3. Israel shares their ancient Kingdom with Arabs and Christians

“Palestinian Jews” and “Palestinian Arabs”

The British referred to the disputed area as Palestine but recognized two groups: “Palestinian Jews” and “Palestinian Arabs.” However, they showed bias when they supported the Zionist movement through the Balfour Declaration in 1917 as well as the Palestinian currency in 1927 with the phrase “Palestine Israel” and other Jewish elements in the paper currency.

The term “Palestinian Arabs” emerged in modern times. Although Palestinians were either Jews or Arabs, the term evolved exclusively as “Palestinian Arabs” after Yasser Arafat established the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964.

Palestine Monetary System in 1927

In 636–637, Muslims first invaded Jerusalem as part of the Rashidun Caliphate’s conquest of the Levant. By 1917, the region was under British rule, and a new monetary system was established in the area that Arabs now inhabit.

The Palestine pound circulated from 1927 to 1950. The word Palestine (Referring to the Land of Judea, renamed Syria Palestina by Emperor Hadrian in 135 A.D.) is indicated on top of the coin.

On the left is “Palestine in Arabic,” and on the right is “Palestina Eretz Yisra’el” in Hebrew (an abbreviation of “aleph and yod” in parenthesis was added to denote “Palestine Israel”).

  • Arabs rejected the currency because it was the symbol of British colonialism that erased the Arab identity.
  • The paper notes featured the Star of David and other Jewish symbols without Arabic inscriptions.
  • Arabs did not want to be associated with “Palestine Israel” nor be called Palestinians because it was a foreign word.
  • The currency was a display of British bias towards Zionist Jews, which the Arabs feared would give way to the return of Jewish settlers.

Coexisting peacefully until 1948

Muslims first invaded Jerusalem in 637 A.D. Since then, Jews and Arabs, along with Christians, peacefully coexisted until the State of Israel was established in 1948 because Arabs refused the establishment of a Jewish state.

The West should retire the word Palestinians

Son of Hamas co-founder Mosab Hassan Yousef said that the West should retire the word Palestinian. It is a colonial term to refer to Arabs and Jews in the area. Only the Jews have a direct connection to the land. The “Palestinian Arabs” had Egyptian or Jordanian passports to begin with.

“Modern Palestinians” are not related to the Philistines, Amorites, Hittites, Amalekites, Jebusites, Hivites, and Perizzites who inhabited Canaan, which Israel conquered around the 12th and 11th centuries B.C.

Arabs rejected the British-mandated Palestinian currency due to its symbolic ties to Jewish and Zionist elements. The British acknowledged Jewish rights in the region, which they shared with Arabs who first invaded Jewish territory in the late sixth century.

Israel compromise: Gaza and the West Bank

The historical claim of Israel to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is supported by biblical references, archaeological findings, and documented historical records.

For example, Jewish artifacts like coins, pottery, and inscriptions indicate the ancient Jewish presence in the area. Discoveries such as synagogues and the Dead Sea Scrolls in the West Bank provide tangible evidence of Jewish historical roots in the Land of Judea.

After the United Kingdom of Israel split around 930 BC, Gaza became part of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.

In modern times, although Israel could have claimed the entire region as their own, it chose to compromise and agreed to the United Nations partition plan.

The West Bank was designated under a U.N. partition plan in 1947, but Arab rejection led Jordan to control it. Israel cites historical ties and security concerns for administering some areas of the West Bank following the Oslo Accords in 1993.

Israel also controlled parts of Gaza after the six-day war in 1967 when Arabs invaded Israel. In 2005, Israel relinquished its control of Gaza to allow Palestinian Arabs to establish themselves.

4. Israel’s right to defend itself from eradication by radical Islamist

A newly formed nation attacked on its first day

Just six days old, the newly formed state of Israel was attacked by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. But even without an army or an air force, the Israeli army defeated its invaders.

List of attacks and retaliation since Israel’s inception

  • 1948: Arab-Israeli War (War of Independence)
  • 1956: Suez Crisis (Sinai War)
  • 1967: Six-Day War
  • 1973: Yom Kippur War (October War)
  • 1982: Lebanon War
  • 2006: Lebanon War (Second Lebanon War)
  • 2008-2014: Gaza Conflicts
  • 2023: Gaza-Israel conflict (Operation Al Aqsa Storm by the Hamas)
  • 2024: Genocide and hostage-taking by the Hamas terrorists

Winning and reclaiming its territory

Propagandists distort the fact that Israel is NOT the aggressor but a victim. A nation under attack has the right to defend itself. Victory in war yields spoils, enabling Israel to reclaim its territory—an opportunity to secure borders and protect its land.

With its robust economy, Israel can build advanced weaponry and self-defense.

Disarming Israel because it kept on winning

In 2022, the United Nations General Assembly affirmed that Israel must give up its nuclear weapons in a 149-6 vote. The Palestinian Authority and 20 countries put forward the resolution. [Jerusalem Post]

Israel continues to offer a compromise

Since 1978, Israel has been willing to compromise, even considering giving up ancestral land. However, the Arabs insist on one demand: Israel leaves the Middle East. [CC]

Over the last 70 years, Israel has been attacked with missile strikes, suicide bombings, and calls for divestments.

In 2005, Israel left the Gaza Strip as part of a unilateral disengagement plan led by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, seeking improved security and setting the stage for potential peace talks.

Failed peace talks Arabs have rejected:

Camp David Accords (1978)
Oslo Accords (1993)
Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty (1994)
Taba Summit (2001)
Gaza Disinegament plan (2005)
Annapolis Conference (2007)
Peace Offers (2000-2008)

Israel-Hamas war

In 2023, Hamas terrorists launched surprise attacks on Israel from Gaza. They killed and kidnapped civilians, including the murder of infants, prompting Israeli retaliation. Despite IDF warnings, Hamas urged Gazans to stay, leading to civilian casualties. Thus, Israel was accused of genocide, though its response was comparatively restrained.

The false narrative that Israel is committing genocide undermines its legitimacy and right to defend itself as a sovereign nation. They did not start this war.


Right-wing political commentator and devout Jew Ben Shapiro explains the Middle East conflict from a non-mainstream media perspective.


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