Since the name of Philistia was given to the land, and the Philistines ceased to exist, who then are the "Palestinians" who are so much in the news in the recent intifada (uprising--so called--of the last two decades) and its war of terrorism against the Jewish State of Israel? They are described by the world press as the rightful owners of the Jewish-held and founded State of Israel (though there are Arabs included as citizens, those of Arab descent in Israel who peaceably abide there). This is, as we have shown, not the case. It can never be! The "Palestinians" are Arabs, some Christian, mostly Moslem, from Egypt, Lebanon (though Lebanon is a late creation of France), Jordan (though Jordan is a late creation of Britain), and Gaza (which was an Egyptian-ruled area in what had been Judaea).
Nobody would want what Israel was, if it had remained unproductive and barren. But now it is wanted by the Palestinian people, who sold it to the Jews to get rid of it to "fools" who would pay for worthless acreage that could not keep a goat alive. Do you understand now? This is a political deception--foisted on the Arab people living in the area of Israel and the West Bank and Gaza--perpetuating a cruel lie, that Israel is Arab land, stolen from them. This lie is used by terror groups, who exploit it for their own ends, which are not at all humanitarian or nationalistic at heart. They have no real love for democracy or the idea of a free, self-governing Palestinian state. We know this by the decision of Yassar Arafat, who represented the PLO at the peace conference with President Clinton. He was offered all he had demanded from Israel, but then turned it down. He preferred the terrorist agenda (with billions of guilt money flowing to him from Western Europe's coffers). He did not want a Palestinian state after all, which was Israel's concession.
He still wanted Israel's complete destruction and wiping off the map of the Middle East. Why? Israel is an effront, by its very existence, to the religion of Islam. How can a Jewish state re-occupy its former homeland, without making the Arab neighboring countries of Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, and so on, feel it like a thorn in the flesh? To the Moslem mind, there can be no Israel--it is that plain and simple. A Moslem can never give up territory once it has been conquered for Islam, lest he give up his whole religion. To him it is death--and he prefers death to the humiliation of his religion, which would prove it false in his eyes. What a sad, sad mindset, based on deceptions. God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, gave the land in perpetuity to the people of Israel. It cannot ever become Moslem and Arab in his eyes, not legitimately. It is not to say that Arabs and non-Jews cannot share in Israel. They certainly can. In fact, they will be blessed if they join hands with the Israelis in peace. God Himself says He will bless them! What the terrorist organizations such as the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah (an Iranian terrorist group), and others, do not tell the Arabs in the area is that cooperation with Israel will bless them immeasurably.
Israel is the golden key to their prosperity and uplifting. The surrounding Arab countries, all Moslem, has proven they care nothing for the Arabs in the area. Even the PLO shamelessly exploited the people, through Yassar Arafat and his huge private bank accounts in Switzerland. Hundreds of millions of aid money from Europe was put away, never to be used for the poor Arab people in the area. This is a terrible crime, never addressed by the United Nations, which supported Arafat against Israel. The UN itself has proven itself incredibly corrupt through the sex scandals in West Africa and in the Food for Peace scandals in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The Arab people are shamelessly exploited by their own leaders, some of them religious clerics. It is done to keep them in gross, ignorant, obedient subjection and to-the-death supportive of anti-Israel agendas that ruin the Arabs but enrich and empower the terrorist elites governing the organizations. What can be expected from fallen and wicked men who crave power, money, and revenge, even a place in heaven for the exploits of killing innocent Jewish people?
There will always be such wicked men in control of misguided, exploited, deceived people, until the coming of Christ, that is. This account given here, can be found in various Christian sites, but never in the mainstream American media--which supports Europe's hateful, anti-Israel program and the United Nation's anti-Israel stance as well. David Hathaway, British evangelist in Russia, has an article about "Palestine?" you can access at:
As John the Apostle of the Lord states in his three epistles or letter, the spirit of antichrist has gone out into the world to deceive many. There are many antichrists, mortal, wicked men claiming to be Christ. Their spirit is the same--the one granted or derived from Satan, the Devil, the Adversary of the righteous. This anti-christ spirit has energized Hitler in the past and every killer and persecutor of the Jews, God's Chosen People. It is energizing and propelling many Arabs and Shiite Iranians and Russians and other peoples today--as is evident by their behavior and their attacks on the Jews, whether in Israel or elsewhere. This anti-christ spirit is active in other groups too--for it rises up in women activists called feminists, in government leaders espousing humanism and secularism and relativism, and in many governments and organizations and even humanitarian foundations (NGOs) across the globe. This anti-christ spirit was defeated by Christ's sacrifice on the Cross, but it will be crushed and cast into the Pit, and then the earth will be free of this murderous spirit for at least a thousand years of the Millennium, or Reign of Christ on earth. Ultimately, the Devil and all his foul servant spirits will be cast into the Lake of Fire--what a glad day that will be!
One day forgiveness and love will solve the political and spiritual imbroglio that the world is now stumbling over in the Middle East over the "question" of the existence of Israel. It will be forgiveness that brings peace, and also the bowing of the knee of both Israeli and Arab at the foot of Jesus Christ! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord! The Word of God declares it, and nothing man or devil can do will stop this word from being accomplished and fulfilled. Jesus (Yeshua the Messiah) is the Prince of Peace. He only can and will bring peace to the torn and divided, bleeding world. When all is said and done, Israel itself will seek forgiveness from the Arabs,for it has sinned, in various instances, against Arab people. Then as brothers, and sons of Abraham, they will join hands and hearts in eternal brotherhood, just as the Lord God always intended and willed they would, once they had knelt at the foot of His beloved Son. If only they would do it now, much suffering and death would be spared their respective peoples! We can pray they will--but at the same time we know it will happen sooner or later, as God ordains the times and seasons for everything prophesied in scripture by the prophets (please read Exekiel 47) and by the Lord Himself.
Please note that the Hebraic word for Peace, and the Arabic word for Peace, are virtually the same. Actually, they are the same, with just a little difference in spelling. In Christ too, peace, however you spell it, is the same peace. There only one true Peace, which is Christ, the Prince of Peace! Everyone who comes to Him, and acknowledges and believes in Him as Savior and Messiah, is given His everlasting peace--Ed.