Do you think Israel will ever give back the occupied territories?
I don't think Israel will give up all the land in the foreseeable future. I don't think the possible benefits outweigh the risks. As the most
recent military exchanges have demonstrated, there are still plenty of people who are willing to fire rockets at Israel's people and property.
Israel is quite willing to resist outside pressure in looking out for its own interests. I do think the pro-Israel political forces in the U.S. are given a lot of weight among politicians. (These would include many Dispensationalists who believe present Israel is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies, and that it has a specific role in end-time prophecies.)
Where do you stand on this point?
I should probably state at the outset that I have no real opinion on this matter, one way or another (don't have enough of the historical
background). But from the POV of Isreal, is it actually "occupied territory"? Would Isreal not regard it simply as part of its own territory?
/just wondering about the semantics...
"Israel annexed East Jerusalem after the 1967 Middle East War, a move not recognised internationally."
It isn't part of the land that was given to them. It isn't their land to take.
No land is anyone's to take, but, isn't that how countries have been created. Australia was Aboriginal before the invasion of the English, America was the same. Most of the countries in this world have been established by an invading force. Israel was the home of the Jews until they were invaded and taken over by various forces over the millenia. In Jesus time, it was a Roman Territory. In 1948 Israel became a state and, in 1967, managed to invade other territories after aggression from their neighbours. This is not new, nor is it likely to cease in the near future.
I wouldn't have any problem with America being returned to the Native Americans or Australia being returned to the Aborigines. Hell will freeze over before either will happen though I suspect.