Latest update: February 11th, 2014
I have said it before in my articles and it is worth repeating here since the Israeli Government is loathe to mention any of this. There was never a Palestinian people nor a country called Palestine. It is pure fiction that successive Israeli Governments have never sought fit to counter for fear of offending anyone. In biblical times, all of what is now Israel and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) was Jewish. When the Romans conquered the territory they named the entire area “Philistina” in order to rub salt into the wounds of the defeated Jews by renaming it in honour of the Jews’ ancient and mortal enemies the Philistines. By doing so, the Romans acknowledged that the real owners of the entire territory were Jews and over the centuries the name Philistina was anglicized to Palestine.
At the beginning of the 20th Century, if one were referred to as a Palestinian, that automatically implied that he or she was Jewish. Decades later, Arabs cleverly commandeered the term “Palestinian” and the unknowing masses bought the message that these same Arabs have never forgiven the division of their “country” by the UN. The facts are that Palestine was a geographical land mass administered finally by the British from 1914 until the 1947 partition plan, when only a small part was allocated back to its centuries-old rightful owners, the Jewish people.
Fortunately for these people they were dealing with Jews. No other country or people on the face of the earth would have even indulged their ludicrous and incessant claims nor given them the time of day. Jordan certainly did not.
Unfortunately for Israel, it to this day has no concept of Hasbara, let alone realises that Hasbara is a war that Abbas and Co. have mastered to an extent beyond their wildest imagination. They have turned history on its head and convinced the world of the truth of the Palestinian narrative.
It is now up to supporters of Israel worldwide to counter the Palestinian narrative of Abbas & Co. by engaging politicians and others with the pertinent facts and getting them to come out publicly with these facts.
About the Author: Gil Solomon is a retired finance manager and author.
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