San Remo’s Mandate: Israel’s ‘Magna Carta’

JERUSALEM, Israel – This year marks the 91st anniversary of the resolution that transformed the Middle East and laid the groundwork for the formation of the modern state of Israel.

On April 25, 1920, delegations from the Allied nations that triumphed in World War I met in San Remo, Italy, to divide the Middle Eastern lands they had conquered.

That historical meeting transformed the Middle East because, for the first time in nearly 2,000 years, the world's nations called for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the land that was then called Palestine.

That decision effectively answered a fundamental issue that still plagues the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks today: whether Israel is an occupying power or it has a rightful claim to the land.

Watch Gordon Robertson give a biblical perspective on Israel's claim to the land, following Chris Mitchell's report.

Dividing an Empire

In San Remo – England, France, Italy, and Japan, with the United States as an observer, divided the Ottomam Empire empire into three mandates: Iraq, Syria and Palestine.

Until its defeat in World War 1, the 400-year-old empire had spread itself throughout the Middle East. Now, France would oversee Syria, while Iraq and Palestine fell under Great Britain.

The resolution also included the Balfour Declaration, written by England's Lord Balfour in 1917. The declaration called for “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.” One British diplomat, Lord Curzon, called it Israel's “Magna Carta.”

Arab's Lion-Share, Israel's Niche

Last year, on the 90th anniversary of the signing of the San Remo resolution, Tomas Sandell of the European Coalition of Israel helped organize an historic gathering.

Click here to watch expanded interviews and more with participants from this historic event commemorating the signing of the San Remo resolution.

“Chaim Weizman said, at the time, you can say that the Israeli state was born on the 25th of April in San Remo because that was the significance of it,” Sandell said.

Howard Grief said the resolution, which was adopted by the League of Nations, established several important precedents.

In his book, The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law, Grief explains that the resolution gave the Jewish people exclusive legal and political rights in Palestine. It also gave the Arabs the same rights for the remainder of the Middle East.

“The Arabs got the lion's share….I mean they got Syria, which was subsequently divided between Syria and Lebanon,” Grief said.

“They got all of Mesopotamia and all of Arabia. This is what Balfour himself said. 'Why are you complaining? You are getting all these lands and we're granting a niche – he called it a niche – to the Jewish people who were going to get Palestine,” he said.

Immutable Law

Grief also explained that the 1920 San Remo resolution supersedes later U.N. resolutions.

“There is a doctrine in international law,” Grief said. “Once you recognize a certain situation, the matter is executed. You can't change it.”

“The U.N. General Assembly exceeded its authority, exceeded its jurisdiction. It did not have the power to divide the country,” he said.

Settling Contested 'Settlements'

But what about all those contested Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) that many people – including U.N. Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon – say are illegal?

“Settlements are covered in Article 6 of the mandate for Palestine,” Eli Hertz, president of Myths and Facts, explained to conference participants.

“Again the legal international document of the mandate for Palestine and [it] clearly says that not only [do] the Jews have the right to settlement, but the world has the obligation to help them to settle,” Hertz explained.

This legal right of the Jews to build in Judea and Samaria or in east Jerusalem neighborhoods is little understood in the world today.

Sandell said he hopes to remedy that problem.

“We feel that we have an historical duty to just bring the facts to the table,” Sandell said. “Because we are here dealing with historical facts and this should be known and this should be taken into consideration in the public debate.”

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Watch expanded interviews with some of the participants in this historic event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the San Remo resolution: 

  • Tomas Sandell, the founding director of the European Coalition for Israel, helped organize the 90th anniversary event.  ECI seeks to education European leaders “about the complex realities of the conflict in the Middle East by acknowledging the right for Israel, as the only democracy in the region, to exist within secure borders.”  Click here for more from Sandell.  
  • Eli Hertz is the president of Myths and Facts, a research organization focused much on the Middle East. Hertz has written a short pamphlet on this subject called “This Land is My Land: Mandate for Palestine, Legal Aspects of Jewish Rights,” an excellent primer and succinct explanation of the legal foundation of the Jewish state. Click here for more from Hertz.
  • Salomon Benzimra is from Canadians for Israel's Legal Rights. Benzimra and Goldie Steiner of CILR played a pivotal role in organizing the anniversary. CILR believes “… that a just peace in the Middle-East cannot be achieved while crucial facts are ignored, hidden or distorted.” Click here for more from Benzimra.
  • Danny Danon is the only member of Knesset from Israel to attend the anniversary of the signing of the San Remo Resolution. Click here to watch his message to a seminar the day before the anniversary.
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Charisma News reports that the royal seal of King Hezekiah, who ruled around 700 B.C., has been added to the nation’s extensive collection of ancient artifacts.

Hezekiah was described in the bible as a daring monarch – “There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (2 Kings 18:5)-who was dedicated to eliminating idolatry in his kingdom.

This is the first time that a seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king has ever come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation,’’ Mazar said.

The detailed clay seal, known as a bulla, was uncovered near the southern part of the wall surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City. It was mistakenly buried in a refuse dump around the time of the Israelite king.


After five years of research, a team member was able to decipher the text.

The dots help separate the words:”Belonging to Hezekiah (son of) Ahaz king of Judah.” “It’s always a question, what are the real facts behind biblical stories,” Mazar said. “Here we have a chance to get as close as possible to the person himself, to the king himself.”

Researchers were ecstatic to reveal that they have stumbled upon the first found seal of a biblical Israelite king.


However this discovery not only has a biblical significance, but is relevant to Palestine conflict today. The word “Palestine” is believed by many to be a name derived from the Egyptian and Hebrew term for “migrants” or “wanderers”, and comes from the biblical tribe of the Philistines, who were barbaric nomads determined to conquer the Israelite. However, as the bible describes, the Philistines’ giant fighter, Goliath, was defeated by a shepherd named David, who went on to become the king of Israel in the 10th century B.C.

This seal precedes even the earliest mention of an official derivative of Palestine – 200 years after King Hezekiah.

This means there is tangible proof that an Israelite king ruled the area known as Israel today long before anyone mildly considered a Palestinian lived in the area.

So all the claims of Islam being the true ancestral owners of the land that Israel now occupies and the claims that Israel stole the land given them by “Allah” are all FALSE!

One thing is for sure, what happens next is going to be an awesome manifestation of biblical prophecy unfolding right before our eyes!!

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Germany: Muslim migrant screams ‘Allah’ as he slashes man’s face with knife on bus

But remember: any and all opposition to the Muslim migrant is racism, bigotry, Islamophobia, and, in Germany, neo-Nazism.

“Syrian refugee shouts Allah as he slashes man across the face with knife on bus in Germany,” Express, February 9, 2017 (thanks to The Geller Report):

A SYRIAN refugee who slashed a man across the face while shouting “Allah” has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for GBH.

The man named only as Omar A., 20, was on a packed bus from German capital Berlin to the northern Italian city of Milan on 21 December 2015.

Omar A., who was planning to get off in Leipzig, and had consumed alcohol and drugs before the attack.

Berlin District Court heard that shortly after departure on the A10 Motorway near Michendorf, Omar A. suddenly started to hit a man in front of him, who was asleep.

The presiding judge said: “We do not know why. There was no attack on the part of the man.

“The man just fell asleep in front of him.”

According to Omar A., the man had made a phone call too loudly, which had disturbed him.

He said he shook the seat of the man in front of him, after which the situation escalated.

The person sitting next to the unfortunate man tried to intervene, but he was also beaten by the Syrian.

A 55-year-old Italian threw himself in front of some children to protect them.

Omar A. said: “I did not understand, panicked, and shouted, ‘Allah, they’re killing me.'”

He then took a Stanley knife out of his backpack, saying that he was afraid.

The judge called this “a claim without a shred of truth”.

Omar A. slashed the man’s face with the knife.

The Italian still sports a 6-inch scar across his left cheek. He also lost his job due to his traumatized mental state after the attack.

One witness said the defendant had been watching an ISIS execution video on his smartphone but the court accepted that it had been a music video by a rapper who was in fact critical of ISIS.

The defendant denied that he had jihadist motives, and the judge concluded that the trial had not shown a “real motive.”…

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