It's Israel or Palestine, Can’t Have It Both Ways

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Tamar Yonah
Tamar Yonah hosts the most popular English speaking radio talk-show in Israel: 'The Tamar Yonah Show'. She informs people of the political changes taking place in the world and how it affects us. Tamar covers the news, as well as interviews respected authors, journalists, and politicians. You'll be exposed to the burning issues facing Israel and be able to call into the show. Tamar is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Her father survived the Nazi brutalities and after liberation, made his way to the shores of the British Palestine Mandate, where again fighting for his survival, fought in Israel's war of Independence. This made a great impression on her life and she too has been fighting for Israel by serving in the Israeli army & air force, and afterwards by becoming an activist for Israel and the Jewish nation. Email Tamar at: and add her on Facebook at: 'Tamar Yonah'...

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Betsy, a listener wrote in a very interesting question to my weekly guest, former Islamic terrorist, Walid Shoebat, on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Arabs But Were Afraid to Ask”. Betsy asked, 

"Hi, This is a two part question (because I'm not sure about the answer to the 1st part).  One, where did the philistines come from? I thought they were not from Abraham. Two: if the Palestinians insist they are the philistines, doesn't that shoot a giant hole in their claim to the Land and their religion as well? " 

Walid’s response:

It's Israel or Palestine, Can’t Have It Both Ways
By Walid Shoebat
Philistines are not descendants from Abraham by either familial or spiritual ties whatsoever. They are an Indo-European pagan people who appeared in the southern coastal area of Canaan over millennia B.C. who most likely came from Aegean lands. Palasheth, which is Philistia, the land of the biblical Philistines, are a non-Semitic people who lived in a small portion of land southwest on the coast land that included only Joppa, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Gaza.
The mixed multitude who calls themselves Palestinians who claim to be descendants from Philistines also create a major problem, since they also claim to originate from Semitic Arabs and the Philistines were not Semites. They can’t have it both ways.

Philistines captives at Medinet Habu' from wiki-commons

Philistines or Arabs?  You can't have it both ways.

To also call today's Israel the land of the Philistines would require a recreation of the other seven nations that made up the land of Canaan. How does one relate today's supposedly Semitic Palestinians to the non-Semitic Hevites, Perazites, and Jebusites, especially since these were eradicated and whatever remained of them were so mingled with others that there is no trace of them? No one today can trace any culture, language, religion, family origin to any Canaanites from ‘Palestine’, and there is ample historical evidence showing the “true” origin of today's Palestinians as a mixed multitude that came as of recent origin.
The Arabists and Muslims were not the first to come up with such a ploy that is completely rejected by history. In 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian applied the term “Palestine” to the Land of Israel as a propaganda ploy to erase Israel, his enemy, and replace it with Israel's enemy instead:  Philistine with a new Latin twist--Palestine.

But such support causes a major problem to the faith of anyone who supports such a claim be it Christian or Muslim. Hadrian replaced the shrines of the Jewish Temple and the Sepulcher in Jerusalem with temples to pagan deities. Hadrian was an enemy of the Bible, so the question should be, if we support Hadrian’s changing the name to Palestine, why then not support his other changes, and keep the names to the holy places giving these pagan names? Again, you can’t have it both ways.

The questioner is correct, that “if the Palestinians insist they are the philistines, this shoots a giant hole in their claim to the Land and their religion as well”, not only that today’s Palestinians cannot be Canaanites and Arabs at the same time, but that the theology of any who make such claims is dramatically flawed. Even the Christian educators in today's so-called Palestine are shamelessly plagued with this type of propaganda saying that since “Palestine” is mentioned in the Bible, that we need to accept the use of the name. Joel 3:4, and elsewhere in the Bible in fact cursed the Philistines. It was Israel, the first occupation of Canaan (the Promised Land) who introduced that G-d was One G-d: "Hear O Israel, the Lord thy G-d is One." This was a startling revelation in the midst of the nations who were worshipping innumerable gods, so holding onto the rejected heathen tribes prior to Israel’s existence should be no honor to Muslims and Christians that adhere to such twisted concepts. Yet they are honored and are so proud of it.
So why does the Palestinian Authority insist that they are of Canaanite and Jebusite origin? At the same time, they also insisted that they are Arabs? The answer is simple; to Islamists and Arabists by enlarge the issue is much more then the worship of the true One G-d, it is the destruction of the Jewish people, their inheritance and their history. Period.
Yet, this in essence positions these peoples biblically as enemies of G-d.  TheTannakh in fact clearly states that the ones who want to wipe the name “Israel” out are enemies of G-d:
“… And those who hate you have lifted up their heads. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against your sheltered ones. They have said ‘Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83)
The ones that call for eradicating the name of Israel are but of one voice:
 “For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre ...”.
Even to claim the worship of a one god does not prove the worship of the One True G-d who established Israel historically, re-established it now, never to be uprooted (Amos 9:15), and forever. How could someone say that they worship the One True G-d, yet reject His declarations? It is impossible to erase the name Israel. To prove otherwise is to disprove the Bible. This is the jest of what is behind this whole movement in the first place which is the rejection of G-d’s declaration that established Israel from time immemorial. It is why so many are incensed about eradicating Israel. It is why they so much focus on Jerusalem, which in the end will become a burdensome stone that will destroy all its enemies.