The Palestinians claim that they have historical roots in the country of Israel and the surrounding area going back a thousand years and it is the Jews who are the interlopers. So what does history say about the Palestinians and where they came from? Where they descendants of the Philistines?
Modern, so called, history seems to purposely deceive us on the real origins of the, so called, Palestinian people. They were migratory Syrians or Egyptians for the most part and, yes, a long time ago the Philistines did occupy what is now Gaza, but they originally migrated for Greece. It was the British who coined the phrase “Palestinians”.
So, as far as I can see, modern day Palestinian people are used as a tool to fight against the Jews and Israel while claiming the theft of their land by the Jews, but the land was not stolen but bought by the Jewish people from the Arabs.
We are warned in the Bible by God himself not to divide the land he gave to the children of Israel. While failed negotiations continue, brokered by the US, it seems that the British and the French were the ones in modern history who did this in the first place.
So far this is all about the world wide political view of modern times, but it goes back much farther. Looking at the Bible as a historical book, we see that it was God who gave clear title to the land to the children of Isaac (the child of promice) not the children of Ishmael. In fact Israel should be much bigger than it is today. So it all boils down to “sibling rivalry” between the sons of Israel who were Isaac and Ishmael with Ishmael in effect saying “Daddy liked you best” and over the centuries trying to usurp what God has given to his favorite son.
“Jews are descendants of Abraham’s son Isaac. The Arabs are descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael. With Ishmael being the son of a slave woman (Genesis 16:1-16) and Isaac being the promised son who would inherit the blessings of Abraham (Genesis 21:1-3), obviously there would be some animosity between the two sons. As a result of Ishmael’s mocking Isaac (Genesis 21:9), Sarah talked Abraham into sending Hagar and Ishmael away (Genesis 21:11-21). Likely, this caused even more contempt in Ishmael’s heart towards Isaac. An angel prophesied to Hagar that Ishmael would “live in hostility toward all his brothers” (Genesis 16:11-12).”
The lesson I have learned from this is: Don’t try to take God’s promises into your own hands like Israel did. It will cause a centuries long conflict.
Your friend, Harley looking at the present from the past