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Dateline Jerusalem

The first lesson I learned from Dateline Jerusalem was never ever to judge a book by its cover. Although the book looks like a second-rate novel about the End Times, it is a treasure trove of information about Israel, radical Islam and the Middle East written by the Jerusalem Bureau Chief of CBN News.

For me, chapter 9 (‘San Remo: Jerusalem’s Forgotten History’), was one of the most helpful chapters. Arguments over the legitimacy (or illegitimacy) of Jewish claims to ‘Palestine’ and Jerusalem tend to focus on the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which carried no weight under international law. The decisive factor in determining who the land belongs to (apart from the Bible) is the recognition by the First World War victors that the Jewish people had a historic connection to the region then known as Palestine. In San Remo the following year

representatives of the Great Powers ruled not only that the Jews had a right to settlement in Palestine but also that the nations had an obligation to help them settle.

On 24 July 1922 fifty-one members of the League of Nations ratified the San Remo resolution regarding the Jewish ‘reconstitution’ of their ancient national homeland. And, in case anyone should imagine the Arabs received a raw deal from San Remo, they in fact got the lion’s share of a carved up Middle East, including Jordan (an area that constituted more than three-quarters of the land originally allocated to the Jews), Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Arabia.

Don’t be put off by the cover. Dateline Jerusalem is a highly readable revelation of the existential threat to Israel and the nations from radical Islamist movements hell-bent on nothing less than world domination.

This artivle first appeared in the Winter Herald 2013

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