“Palestine” is a fantasy-land. That is why we head this category “Palestine?” “Palestinians” are simply Arabs like Jordanians, Syrians, etc. In 2006, the “Palestinians” voted into power, as their leaders, the violent terror group known as Hamas. They ousted the slightly more moderate group Fatah, currently headed by Mahmoud Abbas. But how much more moderate is Fatah? Abbas earned his PhD with a paper on the fiction of the Holocaust. Neither side will recognize Israel’s existence, yet the Western world insists Israel make “peace” with both parties. “Palestine” and the “Palestinian” cause only came about in the mid 1960s when Yaser Arafat put the movement on the map.
Buoyed by the latest United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, Palestinian leaders are now threatening to step up their diplomatic warfare against Israel -- a move that is sure to sabotage any future effort to revive the moribund peace process.
Israeli politicians and commentators, like most others around the world, woke up Wednesday morning in shock over Donald Trump's upset victory in the US presidential election.
But Israel was probably one of the few countries where most people viewed Trump's win as a good surprise.
Crime is not supposed to pay in any country, but for Palestinians in the West Bank, crime helps you become a public officer.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki has threatened to sue Britain for issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration because, he claims, that it led to mass Jewish immigration to British Mandate Palestine "at the expense of our Palestinian people."
"Where are the heads of the churches in Jerusalem and the world?... Where are the Vatican and UNESCO? Where are the leaders and politicians who talk, talk, talk about national unity and the preservation of holy sites? Or is this a collective conspiracy to end our existence and history in the East?" — Sami Khalil, a Christian from the West Bank city of Nablus.
Just exactly who are the Palestinians anyway? The answer to this question can be found in two parts: the ancient Philistines and the modern-day Palestinians.
The modern-day Palestinians have taken up the mantle of the ancient Philistines in that they are Israel’s closest and most intimate enemy.
Palestine was first used as a name to describe a small portion of the ancient land of Canaan. It is a translation of “Philistia” and refers to the ancient land of the Philistines. The ancient Philistines were a “sea people” migrating from the Aegean Islands (Crete) and Asia Minor to the Eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the 12th Century B.C.
For Abbas and the Palestinian leadership, the death of more than 170 Palestinians and 26 Israelis in the past five months occurred in the context of a "popular and peaceful uprising." One can only imagine what the uprising would have looked like had it not been "peaceful."
It doesn't matter that Jesus was Jew, born to a Jewish mother in a Jewish city of Judea, 135 years before the name "Palestine" was even coined by the Romans to erase the Jewish kingdom and 650 years before the Arabs started their conquest of the Middle East.
When the big lie takes root, it soon becomes an oak.
Sadly, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders are continuing to bury their heads in the sand and lying to everyone -- from their people to the international community.
The current wave of Palestinian terrorism has entered its fourth week, but our leaders, above all the PA President Mahmoud Abbas, are continuing to talk about a "peaceful, popular uprising" against Israel. This wave of Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicular ramming has been anything but either "popular" or "peaceful."