The Real Palestinians

by The Washington Times

David Whitney said: "Who are the (real) Palestinians? In the second century AD the Romans killed half a million Jews, and thousands were sold into slavery. The Romans renamed Israel ‘Syria Palaestina,' (the Latin form of Philistia-the land of the ancient Philistines). This was later Anglicized into Palestine. The renaming of the land was a calculated attempt to eradicate the Jewish connection. Jews living there became known as Palestinians and were consistently called Palestinians until the second half of the 20th century.

"During World War II, the British army had a Palestinian Brigade made up entirely of Jewish volunteers. The Palestinian Symphony Orchestra was all Jewish and the Palestine Post (later the Jerusalem Post) was a Jewish newspaper.

"In 1948, Arabs who had fled from Israel (attacking Arab nations had broadcast, ‘All Arabs get out!') began to claim they were the true Palestinians and that the land of Israel had always belonged to them. World media to this day eagerly promotes that lie. Yet in 1948, Arabs owned a mere three percent of so-called Palestine.

"Israel's claim to the land goes back 4,000 years to the purchase Abraham made in Hebron. For 3,000 years Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. The 35-acre Temple Mount, currently the center of dispute, was purchased by King David from Ornan the Jebusite, It was the site of the first and second Jewish Temples.

"Those who call themselves Palestinians today are Arabs by birth, language, and culture, (as well as religion-Islam), and are close relatives to Arabs in surrounding countries, where most of them came from.

"Yasser Arafat is (the real criminal here). He committed his first murder at age 20. He masterminded the biggest hijacking (four aircraft at once), the largest number of hostages (3,000 at one time), the largest ransom extorted ($5 million from Lufthansa) and the greatest number and variety of targets (40 civilian aircraft, five passenger ships, 30 embassies or diplomatic missions and schools). He has never apologized or condemned any of these actions of his organization. The facts are tragically plain to those who will look beyond the PLO propaganda."

From Letters to the Editor, The Washington Times, October 8, 2000.

God says: "On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I give this land from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.... I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God' (Gen. 15:18; 17:7,8 NIV)." And Psalm 105:8-11 (NIV) adds: "He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded of a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit."

If we consider arguments favoring either Israel or the Palestinians, from a strictly human viewpoint, they cancel each other out. It is only as we view the conflict from God's perspective, as revealed in His covenant promises, that we have a clue as to the ultimate solution. In the meantime, those opposing God's solution must be contained.

Dateline: Heaven