Jerusalem Online Op-Ed: According to Encyclopaedia Britannica lll, Micropaedia, vol. Vll, the word Palestine is from the Greek word Palaistina, which derives from the Hebrew word Pleshet (Land of the Philistines). The encyclopaedia states that the word refers to “a small coastal strip north east of Egypt, also called Philistia. The Roman term ‘Syria Palaestina’ in the 2nd century BCE referred to the southern third of the province of Syria, including the former Judea. The name ‘Palestine’ was revived as an official title when the British were granted a mandate after World War I.”
This entry indicates that there never really was a historic Palestinian people. Britain, for many reasons (politics, oil etc.), tried to minimize the Jewish presence under its mandate. When the U.N. created the State of Israel, it is interesting to note that no state of Palestine was simultaneously recognized or created. The Jews accepted the partition – including an area for the Arabs to live in, whereas the Arabs rejected it and so here we still are today.
The existence of a historic Arab Palestine is delusional. Since there is no factual basis for its existence, the Arabs must somehow create credibility and they are doing this through intimidation and confusion.” more …
It was not time, however, because God’s plan was just entering the final phase of the last days.
As the Jews started returning to the promised land in 1880, Jordanians and Egyptians migrated into Palestine as the need for laborers developed. Britain gave into Arab demands and in 1924, reduced the Mandate that designated both sides of the Jordan River as a Jewish state by 78%, creating Jordan for Arab peoples.
The two state solution was in place.
As more and more Jews came into the land, business sprung up and jobs were so plentiful that by 1947 there were over 700,000 – 900,000 Arabs living in what was about to become Israel.
Prior to Israeli statehood, these same Arabs were warned to flee the area as Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt prepared to attack.
On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation in fulfillment of Psalm 105:8-11; Isaiah 11:11-12, 66:7-8; Amos 9:15; Jeremiah 31:35-36; Ezekiel 36:28, 37:1-3 and were attacked the same day.
After the Armistice was signed in 1949, the Arab refugees were put into camps with nowhere to go. It was in those camps that Yasser Arafat coined the label Palestinians, creating perpetual pawns to be used to completely eliminate the Jewish state.
The writer of the Jerusalem Online Op-Ed, Lou Brifman, has it mostly right: The existence of a historic Arab Palestine is delusional.
The conflict over Arab demands to own the title deed to the land that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants after them, began with Esau over 3500 years ago:
“When my father dies I will kill my brother Jacob” (Genesis 27:41). All that has changed is that the conclusion of the blood feud is in the final stages.
(See our Blood Feud tab chapter 1, 8, 9 10 on the home page)