WHAT BEHIND THE PALESTINIAN IDEA?
| AVIGDOR ESKIN|
Political scientist, ISRAEL
"Our narrative says that we have been have been in this land since before Abraham. I am not saying it. The Bible says it. The Bible says, in these words, that the Palestinians existed before Abraham”. This statement has been made by the chairman of the terrorist PLO organization, which is usually called Palestinian Autonomy, - Mahmud Abbas. He repeats over and over again that the Arab population of Israel, including Judea, Samaria and Gaza, constitutes a separate ethnic group which has preceded Abraham and his descendants in the land of Israel.
This claim belongs to the category of laughable falsehoods which can be refuted in easiest way possible. There was no such a claim of separate Palestinian nation until sixties. No document, no evidence of any group which declared or professed Palestinian national identity.
Of course, the Arabs of “Palestine” were called Palestinians during the time of British mandate from 1917 until 1948. This is the name which was given to this land by ancient Roman invaders who conquered the Holy Land and destroyed the Second Temple. The British took the name for the land from them. But also all the Jews there, Christians, Druze and all the Arabs of today’s Jordan were also called then Palestinians, which referred to their citizenship under the British rule. However, this had nothing to do with any separate or national identity. This fake identity became PR tool for the terrorists of Palestinian Liberation organization, which had been formed in 1964 for the purpose of total destruction of Israel. We are talking about total destruction of Israel in pre-1967 borders, of course.
Today we hear from the terrorist leaders that they might consider the coexistence with Israel if the Jewish state will return back to the old boundaries before 1967 and the state of Palestine will rule in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and East Jerusalem. This is also the excepted attitude of the majority of international community. However, let us read the astounding article 24 from the Palestinian Charter of 1964. The original PLO constitution states that the Palestinians have no claims for Judea and Samaria and even not for Gaza: “This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields”.
In other words, the international community felt no need to create any Palestinian state on the territories illegally occupied by Jordan in 1948. Moreover, the Arab residents of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) have never expressed any desire for any independent state for themselves where they lived. The radicals among them joined the call of the PLO from 1964 to replace Israel in pre-1967 borders. And no claim for any piece of land in the West Bank, as we see from their charter, when it was under Jordanian occupation. This article of the PLO Charter was rewritten in 1968, which does not make their claim for these territories less ludicrous.
There is no rational explanation for this collective madness when Israel is discussed. Today the term “occupied Palestinian territories” became a widely excepted international cliche. And nobody really questions this hackneyed phrase. But let us think for a second. Does it mean that Israel occupied the territories which belonged to the Palestinians? Yes, this is the only meaning. Israel invaded and took the land of the Palestinian people. But how can it be? These territories were a part of Ottoman Empire, then a part of British Palestine and between 1948 and 1967 this was “the West Bank” - illegally occupied by Jordan. This land had never belonged to any Palestinian people.
Therefore the whole international discourse on this matter is nothing, but shameful and fanatical lunacy, totally divorced from any reality. When someone says that Turkey occupied Cyprian territories, so he means that Ankara invaded and took under control a part of Cyprus, which was the case. If someone accuses Armenia of having occupied Azeri land, so this means that Armenia chopped some territory which was under recognized Azeri rule. Israel has conquered the territory in 1967, which was illegally occupied by Jordan and this was after Israel had been attacked by Jordan. Somehow the people say that Israel had occupied Palestinian land…
Since nobody could and would ever refute any of the arguments above, we could stop the discussion right here, but the matter of Palestinian identity appears to have deeper spiritual significance. Not only that, but after having dismissed any claim of Palestinian identity before sixties we can consider somehow yielding to their desire to be considered a separate nation with a very precisely defined idea of destruction of Israel. No separate language, no ethnic culture or tradition, but hatred and destruction as a basic national idea. No literature, not a single song and no common genetic or historic ground. As we know, there Palestinians of today are descendants of Arabs from different countries around who moved to the Land of Israel during 19-th and 20-th centuries alongside a tiny minority, whose ancestors had settled there not some time before.
Nevertheless, these people have something very important in common: they want to stop the return of the entire nation of Israel to the Holy Land; they want to prevent the building of the Third Temple. No positive agenda, but very solid common ground to prevent the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies. By doing so, they become a nation with raison d’etre of preventing Israel from returning to the Land and preventing the Messiah – from coming. They become by their choice a nation of Anti-Messiah or of Anti-Christ (as Christian believers would define them).
The Arab residents of the Holy Land today may be determined as descendants of Ishmael: they are Sunni Muslims and could be naturally considered a part of pan-Arab conglomerate. However, they themselves ask us to call them Palestinians; this is their chief Mahmud Abbas who insists, that “Palestinians' roots in ancient Canaan”. While this statement is comical from historical point of view, we can take it as a spiritual and ideological declaration. There were no Palestinians even sixty years ago but why can’t we say that there is a nation with the purpose of being the spearhead of Anti-Messiah in the world? Why can we say that today they are a separate national entity founded on the basis on the hatred of Israel and Divine prophesies for our days.
The term Palestinians appears in the Holy Bible as Philistines, and they were one of the Canaan nations (deriving from the Hebrew source PaLaSh, which means invasion and occupation). Interestingly enough, philistine has a meaning in English of somebody uncultured, lowbrow, anti-intellectual. As it appears in Genesis chapter 10, the Philistines are descendants of Ham, the cursed son of Noah. Famous Jewish Bible commentator RaShI (rabbi Shlomo Ben Yitzchak) noticed that the origin of Philistines is incest.
No wonder that we see in Genesis chapter 26: “For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had sealed them, and filled them with dust”. Since the wells symbolize the presence of spiritual nourishment, the annihilators are those who appear as negative and destructive force who dare to seal the sources of Divine spirit and wisdom.
We also read in 1 Samuel chapter 5 about how the Philistines captured the Ark of Covenant: “Now the Philistines had taken the ark of God, and they brought it from Eben-ezer unto Ashdod. And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon… But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and He destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the borders thereof”.
We see them here as a destructive pagan force to confront Israel both spiritually and physically with the purpose of replacement. This is what “plishtim” (invaders) are about. They strive to fend off Israel from fulfilling the Devine mission and to replace Israel.
We also find a theological confirmation for the thesis of Anti-Messiah nation in the battle between Goliath the Palestinian and the forefather of Messiah – King David. Open 1 Samuel chapter 17 and you will discover the answer to what are the spiritual routs of Palestinians.
“And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.
For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.
And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.
And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them…
And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
So the battle is not another power struggle between ancient tribes. Future king of Israel and the forefather of Messiah came to stop the Palestinian from humiliating the name of G-d: “Is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Then we read in the same chapter:
“And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth”.
As all other ancient Canaan nations, the Philistines had disappeared more than two thousand years ago. We have no signs of their heritage besides what we read in the Holy Bible. However, when PLO chief Mahmud Abbas insists that the roots of his murderous constituency derives from the ancient Philistines, let it be. Not in any historical, ethnical or cultural sense, but if these people want to become spiritual successors of the ancient barbaric pagan nation, let it be. They have made their point when their previous leader, Jerusalem Mufti Haj Amin Al-Husseini became Hitler’s collaborator. This leader of the Palestinians urged Hitler to exterminate all the Jewish people back in autumn 1941, before the infamous “final solution” plan had been accepted.
Let us take it seriously. The PLO and Hamas terrorists tell us, in fact, that they are not descendants of Ishmael, not a part of peaceful monotheistic Islam. They choose to be a nation of Anti-Messiah (Anti-Christ). Let us respect their choice.
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