Israel Or Palestine?

Q. The other day I was at work and talking to a co-worker and Israel came up about the war. He was saying that the Israelis were not being fair to the Palestinian people because it was not their land (country). He was saying to give the land back to the Palestine people. Could you put some clarity on this?

A. The information no one ever hears is that historically there never was a Palestinian people and there has never been a Palestinian homeland. The name comes from Biblical times when to insult the Jews, the Romans named Israel Palestine, which means Land of the Philistines. The notion of a Palestinian people was first heard after Israel became a nation again in 1948. On the other hand the Bible records that God gave Abraham the land occupied by modern Israel including the West Bank, Gaza and parts of Lebanon unconditionally and forever. (Genesis 12:1-7, 13:15, 15:18)

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