Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C., two thousand years before the rise of Islam. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern Jewish state. The Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years since the Jewish conquest of 1272 B.C. and a continuous presence for 3,300 years.
The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 A.D. lasted no more than 22 years. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. In fact, Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Koran, but is mentioned over 700 times in the Jewish scriptures. King David founded Jerusalem. There is no historical record of Mohammed ever being there.
There is more and I'll share some of it with you in tomorrow's commentary. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.