Actual, factual history (as opposed to Arab or lefty versions) demonstrates that “Palestinians” did not previously exist as a coherent national or ethnic group. However, some pre-modern inhabitants of what is now Israel were labeled “Philstines”, hence the name given to the area; i.e. “Palestinian” is a translation of “Philistine.” The Philstines were the prototypical bad guys and all-around punching bags (worse than that; remember King Saul?) of Biblical fame. The actual Philistines of Goliath’s time were most likely a seafaring people from the (northern) rim of the Mediterranean Sea. Whatever else they were, they were in no way shape or form or ethnicity “Arab”.
But they were considered nasty (they certainly got bad press reviews in the Book), and they gave the Israelites a tussle. However, God has been known to pick favorites, and the fact that there are not real Philistines around today is evidence of that. However, today’s “Palestinians” remain a sad lot, and perhaps this is part of some divine plan.
Consider this from the prophet Ezekiel, Chapter 25, verses 16-17:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will stretch out My hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethites, and destroy the remnant of the sea-coast. And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay My vengeance upon them.
Don’t mess with Israel unless you’re prepared to deal with the Big Guy.
[repost from November 22, 2004. Still valid. Hey, it’s hot today…]