"From the top of the rocks I see them, from the hills I behold them - yes, a people that will dwell alone and not think itself one of the nations." Numbers23:9

Living in a rough neighbourhood

Population and area data from CIA.gov - - population figure as a guide only - probably not all contemporary


Created 1948 from 28% of British Mandated Palestine - 26,990 Sq Km
Capital - Jerusalem - Yerushalayim
Population Jewish 75.6%, Muslim 16.9% (90% Sunni), Christian 2%, Druze 1.7%, other 3.8%
Now (sort of) divided into Israel, Gaza and "West Bank" ("Occupied Territory" proposed state of Palestine or Judea and Samaria) - See below for Gaza and Palestine.

Israel - excluding areas controlled by PA and Hamas

Pop. 7,590,758 - 20,770 sq Km
Only genuine democracy in the neighbourhood
Only reliable friends (for many years) USA and Micronesia. But - see US President


Surrounding nations

Jordan (Transjordan)

Created 1946 from 72% of British Mandated Palestine - 89,342 sq Km
Capital Amman - Rabba in Bible
Pop. 6,508,887 - Muslim 92% (90% Sunni), Christian 6%, other 2% (incl. Shia Muslim and Druze)
Hashemite Kingdom
British connections - King Hussein
Yasser Arafat and PLO tried to overthrow King Hussein - Black September 1970
Attacked Israel during Arab wars
Liable to destabilisation by "Arab Spring" - www.debka.com


History back to the Exodus - 1,001,450 sq Km
Capital - Cairo
Pop. 83,688,164 - Muslim 90% (95% Sunni) , Coptic 9%, other Christian 1%
Now Arab (not ancient Egyptians)
Peace treaty - Anwar Sadat (asassinated by Muslim Brotherhood)
Israel returned Sinai to Egypt but kept Gaza
Smuggling route for arms to Gaza
Route to Israel for refugees
Arab Spring resulting in Muslim Brotherhood Government
Muslim Brotherhood operatives crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace.
Crucifixion is a hadd punishment, stipulated in the Quran, Sura 5:33, and therefore is Shariah. Read the Isaiah 19 prophecy concerning Egypt.


Egypt launched air strikes in the Sinai region close to the border with Israel August 2012, killing more than 20 suspected Islamic militants. The strikes follow clashes between armed men and security forces at several security checkpoints in the Sinai region. Lawlessness in the Peninsula bordering Israel is not new, but increased in scope and severity since the overthrow of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak.


Created 1946 from French Mandate - 185,180 sq Km
Capital - Damascus
Pop. 22,530,746 - Sunni Muslim 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%, Christian 10%, Jewish (tiny communities)
Assad government via military coup 1970
Brutal suppression (1982 Hama Massacre)
Buddies with Iran
Civil war most likely to result in Islamist govt.
While media reports support the rebels against the wicked Assad and ridicule his description of the rebels as terrorists, realistically, it appears that the "rebels" really are just plain old al-Qaida terrorists.
Will attack or blame Israel to divert attention
Civil war threatening to involve US, UK, France
Isaiah 17 on Damascus has yet to be fulfilled


Created 1943 from French Mandate - 10,400 sq Km
Capital - Beirut
Pop. 4,140,289 - Muslim 59.7% , Christian 39% - (of Muslims - Shia (75%), Sunni, Druze, Isma'ilite, Alawite or Nusayri)
Once largely Christian but virtually destroyed by civil war caused by PLO (1975 - 1991)
Christians persecuted minority
Hizb'allah caused two wars with Israel
Hizb'allah taking over and stockpiling weapons
Very weak nation acting as proxy for Iran


Ex Persia until overthrow of the Shah - 1,648,195 sq Km
Capital Tehran
Pop. 78,868,711- Muslim 98% (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), other 2% (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha'i)
Muslim Theocracy, but not Arab
Ahmadinijad is front man but power lies with Ayatollahs
Makes no secret of desire to "wipe Israel off the map" and to destroy Great Satan (USA)
Developing Nukes with no effectual hindrance
Arming terrorists - dirty bomb?
Are they working on an EMP weapon?
More information


Created 1920 from British Mandate Mesopotamia - 438,317 sq Km
Capital Baghdad but was Babylon (OT and Revelation)
Pop. 31,129,225 - Muslim 97% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%
Two Gulf Wars and war with Iran
Very weak government and very unstable
Could fall under influence of Iran
Attacked Israel with scud missiles during GWII
Christians biggest losers
note: while there has been voluntary relocation of many Christian families to northern Iraq, recent reporting indicates that the overall Christian population may have dropped by as much as 50 percent since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, with many fleeing to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon


Seat of the Ottoman Empire that owned Palestine until defeated in WW1 - 783,562 sq Km
Capital Ankara
Pop. 79,749,461 - Muslim 99.8% (75% Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
Secular state under Attaturk but now seeking to be a big player in Islam
Once friendly towards Israel
NATO member
Home of IHH (charity / terrorist org) and start off point of Gaza Flotilla
Still pressing Israel for an apology for Mavi Mamara deaths
Provoking conflict with Syria over shooting down of fighter jet. (similar tactic to the above)
Are we seeing the emergence of latest rogue state?
Threat of unrestricted hijrah if admitted to EU

Saudi Arabia

Created 1932 - Feudal kingdom - 2,149,690 sq Km
Capital Riyadh
Pop. 26,534,504 - 100% Islamic - 83% sunni
Fabulously wealthy
Funding mosques and spreading Wahabi (hard line) Islam in western nations (eg UK)
Balancing protecting own power with western support against fighting to overcome the west
Nuke delivery missile deal with China - "we can obtain nuclear warheads from Pakistan any time"?
No Jew allowed in Saudi Arabia and no non-Muslim allowed in Mecca
No Bibles allowed
No women's rights
Shariah practiced - including stoning and beheading


See wildolive.co.uk/Gaza
Created, in effect, when Israel disengaged in 2005 - 360 sq Km
Capital - Gaza city?
Pop. 1,710,257 - Muslim 99.3% (90% Sunni), Christian 0.7%
Not a nation
Part of Israel (since 1967) from which Israel "Disengaged" in 2005
Hamas took control in democratic elections
Hamas Charter still calls for the destruction of Israel (the Jewish state)
Disengagement did not bring peace but rocket attacks
Operation "Cast Lead" misrepresented
Blockade also misrepresented - Gaza is not wall to wall poverty
See tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches

Palestine ? / West Bank?/ Occupied Territories? / Disputed Territories / Judea and Samaria

Created conceptually by events (1948 overrun by Jordan, 1967 captured by Israel), and political aspirations since 1967 - 5,860 sq Km
Capital of PA - Nablus - aspire to have East Jerusalem (includes Temple Mount)
Pop. 2,622,544 - Muslim 75% (90% Sunni), Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%
Palestine is not a nation although constantly speaking as if it is is creating that impression.
Mahmoud Abbas is president of the Palestinian Authority - not the nation of Palestine, otherwise, why is everyone working so hard to create a state for Palestinians?
P.A. (PLO) Charter still calls for the destruction of Israel (the Jewish state)
" Palestine from the River to the Sea " is the objective of Palestinians
Two State solution is not what the PA and Hamas seek.
Palestinian flag is the flag of Jordan without the central motif. The colours are those of the Arab Revolt.
The PA also has a national anthem.
UNESCO adopted "Palestine" as a nation
Hebron adopted as UNESCO world heritage site
This area has been "West Bank" since 1948 conquest by Transjordan (only recognised by 2 nations)
"Green Line" claimed as border for negotion starting point, but it was only an armistice line.
Defensible borders UN Resolution 242. See also International Law
Israel would need "Palestine" to be Demilitarised? Video
See Land

Palestinian Media Watch and MEMRI monitor what PA says in Arabic to their own people.
PA Honours Shahids and runs Pallywood where anti Israel footage is made for world media consumption.
Arafat's "million martyrs" was taken by some to be a coded encouragement to Iran to Nuke Israel without worrying about Palestinian casualties.
Possession of the mountains of Judea and Samaria would bring Tel Aviv, the International Airport and 70% of population within rocket range.

From the mountains of Samaria (
70% of Israel's population lives within view (rocket range) of this point ( Alfe Mennashe - behind the "Green Line")

United Nations - Who is in charge of the neighbourhood?

See United Nations

How does the Bible view "nations"?
Why does the UN always slam Israel while ignoring real despots and abusers of Human Rights?
You need to understand its makeup (number of nations) and how they vote.

What happened to the "Arab Spring"?

In a process of profound importance, five Arab states in the Middle East have effectively ceased to exist over the last decade. The five states in question are Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and Libya. It is possible that more will follow.

But in all these cases, the result has been remarkably similar - it is the ceding of power from strong central authorities to a variety of political-military organizations, usually but not always organized around a shared sectarian or ethnic origin. The Middle East today is overshadowed by this process. We are living in the time of the militias.

Complete article here

Updated 06/04/15

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