Because the Bible: Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon claims the bible is proof that Israel has a fundamental right to occupy all the land of Palestine.
Jewish News Syndicate reports:
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said during a special session of the U.N. Security Council that the Bible does “prove the case for Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel.”
Danon, who addressed the global forum on a debate regarding the Palestinian question, wore a black kipah and quoted from the book of Genesis as evidence of the Jewish people’s connection to the land of Israel.
Speaking during a special session of the U.N. Security Council, Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon held up a bible for all to see and declared:
This is our deed to our land.
In his remarks Danon called on the Palestinians to “accept and recognize the Jewish State of Israel,” while citing the Book of Genesis as proof that Israel owns all of Palestine:
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant. And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, all the land of Cana’an, for an everlasting possession. And I will be their God.
From the book of Genesis; to the Jewish exodus from Egypt; to receiving the Torah on Mount 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 (the Land of Israel), begins right here.
Reporting on the story for Mondoweiss, Jonathan Ofir notes:
Such a religious, literally biblical claim, coming from a supposedly secular representative of a supposedly secular democratic state, put forth to a serious political world assembly, may seem bizarre, to say the least. But it is actually not new, nor isolated to the Israeli political right, which Danon belongs to (Likud).
On January 8th, 1937, the New York Times reported how David Ben Gurion was claiming the bible as a kind of deed to the land, in his testimony to the British Royal Peel Commission:
“We are coming to our own country by our own right of historic connection with the land – a right prior to the [British] Mandate… As a matter of fact, the bible is our mandate.”
Bottom line: Israel’s U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon claims the bible is proof that Israel owns all of Palestine.