Excerpted from an interview with Dr. Jimmy
What or who is a Palestinian?
A Palestinian is an individual thatís being called a
Palestinian by the world, who is Arab today. But that was
not true prior to 1948. "Palestinians" were people who
lived in what they refer to as Palestine. Now, thatís a
misnomer as well. I mean, the word Palestine was
introduced way back about 132 A.D. by Hadrian the Roman
Emperor. It should never be used. The Bible refers to that
piece of geography as Israel. No place in the Bible does
it call it Palestine. But Jews and Arabs living in
Palestine prior to 1948 when they established a state
called Israel were called Palestinians. The Jerusalem
Post was the Palestinian Post, for example. So
you had Palestinian Jews and Palestinian Arabs. But
theyíve taken that name, now. Theyíve moved ahead with it
and they say, "We deserve a state. We have rights. Hereís
our leader. Letís move forward. We need to have two
different states: a Jewish state and a Palestinian state
in this part of the world."
The media often uses the term "occupied territory" in
reference to Palestine. What does that term mean?
You know, the media needs to use words properly.
Itís not occupied territories, itís captured
territories. But Iíll get to that in a moment.
Going back even to 1947, the United Nations came out with
a partition plan. They said, "Weíll take this piece of
geography. We will allow a portion of it to be given to
the Arab peoples and a portion of it to be given to the
Jewish peoples." Well, the Jews agreed. "Okay, that sounds
fine with us. Weíre just looking for a homeland."
The Palestinians, the Arabs, said, "No way." And in fact,
they sent their children out. They sent their wives out,
the elderly out. Most of them went across the Jordan River
into what we know as modern-day Jordan. They said, "Look,
you go away for about three weeks. Weíre going to wipe
these Jews off the face of the map, and when we get
finished, you can come back in."
Well, they left. And of course, we know the story. The
Jews won that battle, or at least, that part of the War of
Independence. Through the years, there have been many,
many wars. I guess the main one that deals with the
Palestinians and the Jews and whatís been going on would
be the "Six-Day War."
There is a military strategy, as far as the Israeli
government is concerned, and their military might. The
strategy is two-pronged: number one, you go for the
jugular. They donít like to fight so they want to get the
war over quickly. And number two, you donít fight in
Israel; you fight in your attacking enemyís geographical
So what happened? Well, in 1967 in the Six-Day War, from
the north the Syrians were attacking. Where did the
Israeli defense force fight? In the Golan Heights Ė at
that time controlled by the Syrians. They were attacked
from the south by Egypt. Where did they fight? In the
Sinai Desert. They were attacked in the east by Jordan.
Where did they fight? What is referred to as the West Bank
Ė Judea and Samaria, between Jerusalem and the Jordan
River. And so they pushed their attacking enemies back.
They set up buffer zones. And this was not to occupy
this territory, but simply to capture it and protect
themselves Ė put up a secure border so they could have
their people sustain life. Thatís all that has happened!
Now, what they have done is, they have sent families into
the Golan Heights. In 1967 until today, those families
that have gone in there, theyíve raised their families,
built their homes, started their businesses. The same in
Judea and Samaria. The same in the south. And theyíve just
tried to sustain life in a secure atmosphere for the
Jewish people. Thatís what has been going on.
But now the Palestinians stand up and say, "Hey, wait a
minute. This is occupied territory. We had a state here."
No. There was never a Palestinian state. Maybe at another
time we can talk more about that, but "We want our state!"
What state? You never had a state.
You know, if youíre talking about occupied territories, I
think the United States, as they push Israel to come out
of those occupied territories better be consistent,
because if you want to follow that philosophy to its
ultimate end, weíd have to move out of Texas, New Mexico,
Arizona, and Southern California. That is exactly what the
United States did early on in their history. Thatís all
the Jewish people have done. And the world media needs to
recognize the truth of whatís going on and quit using the
You use the term "West Bank." Thatís a political term.
Itís talking about the west bank of the Jordan River
belonging to Jordan. Itís not the west side of the state
of Israel. Itís the east side of the state of Israel.
Occupied territories! Word have meanings, thus we have to
use the proper words when we address certain issues.