Alexandra Lindstrom

1920 Conference and the Beginnings of the State of Israel

The Beginnings of the State of Israel in 1920 By Luke Hilton Have you ever heard of the San Remo conference? If you have, do you know much about it? I know I didn’t. Saturday, April 25th, 2020 marks a very special date. It is the 100th anniversary of the San Remo conference and subsequent resolution. On this day, after great deliberation, the Supreme Council of the Allied Powers adopted a 500-word resolution which would change the political landscape of the Middle East forever. They mandated that a piece of territory should be established as a homeland for the Jews in a small area called Palestine. Many people credit the Balfour Declaration of 1917, or the UN partition vote of 1947 for the birth of the state of Israel. As Chaim Weizman said however, “One can say the Israeli state was born on the 25th of April, 1920 in San Remo.” On April 19th, 1920, Great Britain, France, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. met in San Remo, Italy to decide what to do with the territory of the now defeated Ottoman Empire that had crumbled during World War 1. The result of the seven-day conference was three mandates.  The first two mandates created what we now know as Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. The third mandate called to establish Palestine as a homeland for the Jewish people. The territory was to include all of what is known today as Israel, the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights, and Jordan. Great Britain was given the mandate to establish the territory and govern the area and people. Two years later, the League of Nations (precursor to the UN), composed of 51 members, approved the mandate. The body unanimously declared: “Whereas recognition has been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country.” The Balfour Declaration that was published in 1917 was thought of by many to be only a letter of intent and not a binding document. However, it became the basis for the San Remo Conference, which resulted in the mandate for Palestine – an undisputed legal document under international law.  Even though the area east of the Jordan River was originally meant to be part of the new territory, the British quickly transferred it to the Hashemite Dynasty, and Jordan, as we know it today, was born.  Unfortunately, the new state of Palestine did not exactly flourish as a national homeland for the Jewish people under British rule. In the nearly thirty years that passed between 1920 and the birth of Israel in 1948, six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Does this mean that if the San Remo resolution had been enacted fully, and the British had taken their mandate seriously, the Holocaust could have been prevented? It seems entirely possible. The original mandate for the Jewish state that was published in San Remo called for a much larger territory than what Israel retains today. First, the area east of the Jordan River became what we know as Jordan today, compliments of the British. Then, when Israel became a state in 1948, the Arabs were not satisfied with 96% of the territory of the Ottoman Empire they obtained starting at San Remo and therefore went to war against the tiny Jewish state. When the smoke cleared, the fledgling state of Israel began with very slim borders. Then, in 1967, Israel miraculously liberated the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula, and Golan Heights in a war of self defense. Since then, the world has slowly been pressuring Israel to chip away at its land, piece by piece. Since the war of 1967, Israel has given away more than 90% of the land that they held after the liberation. This was all done in a desperate attempt for peace with their Arab neighbors, who will never be satisfied unless the Jewish state gives up 100% of their land and drowns itself in the Mediterranean Sea. Even today, the world is still pressuring Israel to allow the Arabs to establish yet another state in East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. San Remo never meant for the Arabs to have any of this territory, let alone Gaza, the Sinai, or even Jordan! This week Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 100-yearanniversary of the San Remo conference. If San Remo had been fully implemented as its creators envisioned that it would, it’s hard not to think about how many Jewish lives could have been saved in the Holocaust. Next week, Israel will celebrate its 72nd anniversary of independence as a sovereign, Jewish nation. They are in the same land that God promised to Abraham four thousand years ago. That is something to celebrate.  In the end, you can try to place the credit for Israel’s establishment on Balfour, San Remo, or the UN vote of 1947. But we know the truth. God’s mandate for the land of Israel can never be obliterated by anyone. That’s where we stand. Click Here to Read More Articles Like... Read MoreRead More

Deleting Israel from the Bible Equals Jew Hatred

When the word “Israel” is deleted from our Bible, we should be concerned. This week, it was reported that the Danish Bible Society removed the word “Israel” from their new translation of the Bible. They claim that the move was purely logistical, but it is clear that this is an act of anti-semitism and replacement theology. On today’s episode of the Joshua and Caleb Report podcast, we discuss the new Danish Bible translation as well as other acts of blatant Jew hatred. The Palestinian Authority government seems only too glad to receive handouts from Israel, including free training for their medical staff and free equipment to help them in their battle of COVID-19. When Israel gave them a ½ billion shekel loan to boost their economy however, the PA turned right around and started giving the money to convicted terrorists. Tune in to today’s podcast to find out all of the latest news from Israel: Israel’s brand new government that is neither liberal nor conservative A 30 day devotional entitled “Christians Meet Israel” The 100 year anniversary since San Remo, the conference that should have prevented the Holocaust And much more . . . Listen via Spotify Listen via Apple... Read MoreRead More

An Attack Against God and His People – Yom HaShoah

by Executive Director Zac Waller Walking through Yad VaShem, the Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, was a very sobering experience. Our group of volunteers gathered together to debrief after the tour. Hearts were heavy as we attempted to describe what we were feeling. As a Christian, it is very difficult to face the reality that many of the atrocities committed against the Jews were done in our Savior’s name. How should we respond to this horrific misrepresentation, and what is our responsibility to the Jewish people now? These thoughts were swirling in my head when one of our young volunteers stood and said with conviction, “As I went through the Holocaust memorial today, man, I just realized how I need to be more connected to what’s going on in the world. Genocides are taking place right now and I don’t know anything about them! From now on I’m going to make a real effort to find out what is happening all over the world and do my part to stop evil, wherever it is.” All of us gave a hearty “amen” and continued our debrief. That night as I laid in bed, his words kept playing over and over in my head. He was right. We need to be more aware of what is happening in the world and do our part. But something was missing. I sensed that what happened in World War Two was more than a tragic genocide of history…but, what was different about it? Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today we remember the martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. It is hard to intentionally look back and see the horrific realities that transpired in our not so distant history. Though it is difficult, we must look back. “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote, attributed to Winston Churchill, is very relevant. If we do not learn what has happened, we cannot learn from the mistakes that were made by those who went before us. We must identify the mistakes and try to understand why these mistakes were made. In order for us to go beyond the mistakes and find the why behind them, I think we need to go a little further back in history than WWII. The Nazi regime was not the first to attempt to annihilate the Jewish people. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, etc… all purposed to put an end to the people of Israel. This is exactly what was prophesied in Exodus: “The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” (Exodus 17:16) This was the “more” that I was looking for after our experience at Yad VaShem. The Holocaust was not the same as the other genocides that the world has seen. The Holocaust was a direct attack against God and His will for this earth! God’s desire is for the Jewish people and the land of Israel to be a light to all the nations of the earth. That is why the enemy of God – “Amalek”  – arises to try to extinguish their flame in every generation. This is also the reason why the Jews have been supernaturally preserved despite horrific persecutions, exile and immense pressure to assimilate. God has big plans for Israel. These plans will affect the entire world! On this Yom HaShoah, let’s acknowledge that antisemitism and Jew hatred is equal to God hatred. Let’s align ourselves with God’s will and His plans for Israel and the world. Let’s repent, turn 180 degrees around from our criticism, hatred, and persecution of the Jews and be intentional about blessing, loving, and supporting them! This is God’s will! For those of us who call on His Name it is time to be about His business! May God bless us all with wisdom and strength as we check our will in at the door and accept His orders to build His kingdom on earth as it is in... Read MoreRead More

NEW PRODUCT – A hat that combines quality & inspiration

Brand New Heartland – Themed Ball Cap Have you ever felt frustrated by not being able to easily find a hat that fits your head and still looks good? Are you tired of constantly buying new hats that don’t fit either of those bills (pun intended)? Our brand new “Heartland Volunteer” ball cap is designed to bring you the inspiration and incredible fit you are looking for. Just released, these all-around hats are the perfect wear for your casual day at the office, as well as those outdoor projects that are on your “to-do” list. Dark grey in the front with white mesh in the back, this hat is complete with a real leather patch. “Heartland Volunteer” as well as the iconic HaYovel “tools” logo (with the star of David inside) is engraved on the patch making this everyday headwear a great conversation starter. Click Here to Order Your Hat! Dark grey front with white mesh in the back Leather patch engraved with the HaYovel logo and “Heartland Volunteer”  Richardson 112 Snapback hat Great for men and women Limited Quantity – Order Now The Story Behind the Leather Patch The leather patch engraved with “Heartland Volunteer” is inspired by the beautiful mountains in the region of Israel called Judea and Samaria. Known as Israel’s Biblical Heartland, this beautiful area is the place where more than 80% of the Bible was either written or took place. Located in the center of Israel, the Heartland has a rich biblical history as well as a miraculous modern-day story of a land that has lain barren for nearly 2,000 years suddenly springing back to life. This amazing redemption is a fulfillment of prophecy written over 2,700 years ago. Over the last 16 years, HaYovel has brought thousands of volunteers to the mountains of Israel to help in restoring Israel’s Biblical Heartland. Our “Heartland Volunteer” hat is a great reminder that God is faithful to his promises, and is bringing about great redemption in our world today! Click Here to Order... Read MoreRead More

The Light from Zion is Still Shining

The Light from Zion During Crisis By Luke Hilton Is it just me, or is it TIME FOR SOME GOOD NEWS!! These days, it seems nearly impossible not to talk about COVID-19. The good news though, is that there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel in many different countries. Israel and the U.S. are now planning to begin opening their economies very soon. In many parts of the world, the coronavirus is over the peak, and starting to decline. We continue to pray that it will be gone very soon.  In Israel, they just announced that the economy will begin opening the first of next week, with a plan to be fully open within several weeks. Even in the midst of so much negativity, I have been encouraged to read of many people (all around the world) who have chosen to let their light shine during this time. I’ve read multiple stories of good samaritans doing good deeds in the U.S. There have been many music artists sharing their talents virtually in concerts, live broadcasts, etc. I’ve heard of celebrities paying for food for the elderly.  In Israel as well, the light is shining bright. There have been stories of nonprofits helping the elderly and poor with free groceries and deliveries. I’ve heard from the elderly and at risk citizens of Israel who say their neighbors are eager to help them in whatever way they can. From delivering food and running errands, the spirit of goodwill abounds.  In Israel’s heartland, I’ve heard of creative examples of communities still finding ways to pray together. In Judaism, it is important to pray in a group of at least ten men (a minyan) whenever possible. With COVID-19, you can imagine that this has been next to impossible. However, many have gotten creative. I saw one video of the residents of a local community standing ten or more feet apart from one another praying their daily prayers in front of the synagogue. Another video I saw showed a street in one of the settlements with all of the men standing on the sidewalk in front of their homes conducting prayers together. In a large city, I saw a man standing in the middle of an intersection in the midst of several high rise apartments, singing the prayers at the top of his voice. The residents of the nearby apartment buildings stood on their balconies and echoed his prayers.  This week, there was a story of prayer from the Shiloh hills, but this time, the residents were praying for the entire world. Residents of Esh Kodesh (in the Shiloh hills) held a prayer service from the courtyard of their homes for their fellow Jews who are suffering from the Coronavirus. They didn’t stop there however. They also extended their prayers for those who are affected by the virus around the world. Resident of Esh Kodesh and Israel advocate Nati Rom, said, “Hallel (a prayer containing Psalms 113-118) is full of thanksgiving verses to G-d and is known for its many benefits. We’d like to send best wishes and prayers to all coronavirus patients all over the world. With G-d’s help we’ll emerge from this global crisis so we can strengthen the relationship and unity between Diaspora Jewry, friends of Israel, and Zionism.” Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, there are still a lot of uncertainties. In the U.S. and Israel, the economies have taken a severe hit. Small business and jobs are insecure. No one is sure what the next six months will look like after the virus is gone. One thing is sure however. The God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is still on His throne, and He has the world in His hands.  When Solomon dedicated the first Temple, he prayed for the nation of Israel. When he was finished, he also prayed a unique prayer for those who are not from Israel.  “Moreover, concerning a foreigner, who is not of Your people Israel, but has come from a far country for Your name’s sake (for they will hear of Your great name and Your strong hand and Your outstretched arm), when he comes and prays toward this temple, hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.” (1 Kings 8:41-43) After the dedication of the Temple, God appeared to Solomon and told him that when He sends pestilence among His people, if they will humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, then He will forgive their sin and heal their land.  I’ve heard reports of unprecedented numbers of Americans turning to Godin this crisis. I would urge you to take the prayer of Solomon to heart – as you turn to God, humble yourself, pray, and seek His face – look towards Zion.Solomon requested from God that when people pray towards Jerusalem, that He would hear their prayer. God answered Solomon that night with a promise for healing during times of pestilence. Let us all seek God’s face, look towards Zion, and emerge from this crisis as stronger sons of the one true God. View this Article on the Heartland Report Website Click Here to Read More Articles Like... Read MoreRead More