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Palestine - “The phantom country”

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Despite continual reference to a land called ‘Palestine’, at this time there is no such country. It is a term of convenience, but it has no legal or actual existence.

“Colonel Symes explained that the country was described as "Palestine" by Europeans and as "Falestin" (1) by the Arabs. The Hebrew name for the country was the designation "Land of Israel" (2), and the Government, to meet Jewish wishes, had agreed that the word "Palestine" in Hebrew characters should be followed in all official documents by the initials which stood for that designation. As a set-off to this, certain of the Arab politicians suggested that the country should be called "Southern Syria" (3) in order to emphasise its close relation with another Arab State.” (League of Nations, Permanent Mandate Commission, Minutes of the Ninth Session (Arab Grievances), Held at Geneva from June 8th to 25th, 1926)

Notes on the above:

The country was called ‘Falestin’ because there is no ‘P’ in Arabic.

The Hebrew name is (פָּלֶשְׂתִּינָה (א"י transliterated as Pālēśtīnā (EY).

The (EY) means Eretz Yisrael – ‘erets being Hebrew for ‘land’ (as in Genesis) and Yisrael being Israel. Or, in modern English, The Land of Israel (Palestine). This designation was given by the League of Nations (which became the United Nations) with agreement from Arab nations. In all official documents concerning this area, the (EY) was the important part, thus recognising it as Israel in 1922.

A few Arab politicians suggested the land be called ‘Southern Syria’, but this designation would have hearkened back to the old and defunct Ottoman Empire, which Arabs deposed, ending 400 years of Ottoman rule. Note that the Ottomans in the early 20th century committed genocide against Christians, driving those still alive into Syria, where they lived until ISIS recently came to the fore. Turkey today claims a desire to revive the Ottoman Empire, and this is because it wishes to continue the work of its predecessors. Only the name has changed.


The place we now call Turkey arose in the 11th century, with the arrival of Turkish tribes to war against the Byzantines. Sultan Alp Arslan sent his Seljuk Turks against Armenia to begin his sweep of the area, thus following the typically violent pattern set by the early Muslims. The two armies – the attackers under the Sultan, and the Byzantines under Emperor Romanus 1V Diogenes – collided in 1071. After a decisive victory the many Turkish tribes took over Anatolia. Also typically Islamic was the enmity between many Turkish tribes against the Seljuks! Enmity between Muslim groups continues to this day, but all agree to their enmity against Christians and Jews, to a greater or lesser degree.

Before this ‘occupation’ (a word loved by ‘Palestinians’), the Middle East was filled with Hittites, Trojans, Ionians, Lydians, Romans and Byzantines. This is how all countries have evolved in history, through invasion. But, the occupation of Arab lands by Islamic forces only started with the war raids of Mohammed in the seventh century. From that time, to the decision to allocate the Middle East to Israel, the land was just a desert area containing small and fractious Arabic tribes/Bedouins.

Thus, it was normal for countries everywhere to ‘change hands’ with the coming of invading armies. In other words, before the Ottoman Empire came into being, the area was named after its variety of invading armies and cultures. Now, after the Ottomans, modern Turkey, which is just a continuation of the Ottoman Empire, has its place, but is trying to maintain its historicity as all-time... even though it has only existed a relatively few short years, alongside other Arabic countries. Up to this time Turkish tribes always fought against each other and set up their own localised kingdoms. And, the Byzantines attempted to recover their former countries, including the Middle East. The Romanist Crusades were only a part of this desire to regain what once belonged to other rules and was no different in aim to any other actions by warring tribes.

By contrast, Israel owned the Middle East for millennia before the Ottomans took over, and it now owns its present location by reason of the Arab-West (worldwide) legal decision to give a formerly defunct land back to Israel. It should be noted that the non-existing land of Arab Palestine makes claims it cannot sustain, for the land originally given to Israel covers what is now said to be ‘Palestine’. Thus, it is the Arabic tribes that illegally occupy Israeli land, not the other way around!

Throughout its history, modern Turkey (as part of its Islamic ancestors) has been bloodthirsty and Islamic. It attacked Kosovo and took over Serbia (1389), the end result waiting until the 20th century uprisings between Islam and ‘Christianity’. Bulgaria was eyed as another trophy, but an Hungarian army became another victim (1396), before the Turks decided to attack Greece.

Then, along came a threat to the Turks – Timur, who also wanted Anatolia (Turkey)! This was because the Turkish advances not only killed Christians, but also fellow Muslims (much like today, when ‘peaceful’ Islam destroys other ‘peaceful’ Muslims). The resentment that followed Islamic attacks against fellow Muslims, built up until Timur finally was enraged enough to fight back. The Turkish army was defeated at Ankara in 1403.

Timur managed to shrink the Ottoman Empire dramatically and the fractious and fractured small emirs again claimed their independence from Turks, and the Balkans did the same. After many more wars the Ottomans again asserted their rule, and again took over Anatolia and most of the Balkans, Serbia, and most of Bulgaria. As you can see, then, the fortunes and ownership of Turkey and other Arabic-type states have been varied and many. In the light of history, then, the modern claim to ‘Palestine’ by what have always been minor tribes, is almost insignificant.

The Ottoman drive also warred successfully against Poles and Hungarians (1444 at Varna), which helps to explain modern Polish resistance to EU demands for Poland to take in Islamic migrants, which it rightly sees as an occupying force.

Athens and most of Greece was conquered (1458-60), before Mehmed II started a campaign against Venice and other Adriatic ports. After this came attacks on Bosnia where nobles were forced to ‘convert’ to Islam. By the time of his death, Mehmed had recovered most of Anatolia (now modern Turkey).

He blockaded Constantinople and eventually won, defeating the Christian people within its mighty walls. The sultan went immediately to the main cathedral to proclaim the shout that is now so common amongst Jihadists: ‘there is no god but Allah’ and ‘Mohammed is his prophet’. The city, over time, then took on its Greek name, eis tin polin (‘in the city’)... which became Istanbul. Unlike the total intolerance of today’s Islamists, when the war had been won, the Ottomans allowed Jews and Christians to live in peace.

Suleiman the Magnificent later made his rule more just and better administered, in stark contrast to modern Turkey, Syria, ‘Palestine’ and other Arabic states. Later, Sinan the famed architect, whose parents were Christian, was taken as a slave into the court of the sultan and grew up as a Muslim. It is evident that the only way Islam can keep and grow its existence is by force and death. There is much more to Turkish rule, but I think you now have the gist before we go back to the Middle East in general. It is enough to advise that the current Turkey plans to emulate its former glories, though it outwardly denies it is just a continuation of the Ottoman Empire. That is why it still occupies the north of Cyprus, tried to overtake plucky little Malta many times, and hates the Kurdish people.


You will find that ‘Palestine’ is generally used to describe the non-country that exists today, in continual war against Israel, though Israel owns the very land ‘Palestine’ now has. Before the mythical ‘Palestinians’ (as separate from their League of Nations EY) the land was occupied by many other peoples such as the Paleo-Canaanites, Amorites, Ancient Egyptians, Israelites, Moabites, Ammonites, Tjeker, Philistines, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, (Umayads, Abbasids, Seljuqs, Fatimids), French Crusaders, (Ayyubids, Mameluks, Ottoman Turks), the British, Jordanians (1948–1967, on the "West Bank") and Egyptians (in Gaza), and modern Israelis and Palestinians! It is therefore ridiculous for the PA to say that ‘Palestine’ has always been Islamic and has always been ruled by them. And, in reality, much of the land now owned by Israel (though it should be very much greater) was legally bought from Arabic individuals for a fair price.

The very same area has also been known as Canaan, Zion, the Land of Israel, Southern Syria, Jund Filastin, Outremer, the Holy Land and the Southern Levant. The more one learns from history the more weird is the claim to sovereignty by the PA (Palestinian Authority), whose main force is the terrorist Hamas, now being joined by ISIS which consists mainly of foreign fighters who have no claim whatever to the land, whether Israel or Syria.

The war against Arab states by the new Israel resulted in many people being displaced, but only after the intransigence of the Arabs. Gaza was soon run by Egypt. The Six Day War merely reclaimed what rightly belonged to Israel, and which was made worse by the emergence of terrorists in Gaza and the West Bank.


The land now known as Israel is very much depleted, though it was legally given to Israel, including all of what the PA now says belongs to it. And the land originally owned by Israel and Judah was very much greater even than the land allocated to Israel by the League of Nations with Arab approval.

It must be remembered that what is now called the Middle East was just a random pack of tribes for centuries, and Arab states that existed were forced into Islam, though they are now adherents. The hatred from Islam aimed at Israel stems not so much from land rights, but from the beginning, when the descendants of Ishmael (now generally known as Arabs) were prophesied by God to always war against the true descendants of Abraham, and against others (re ISIS with the West).

The description of Ishmael is as accurate today as it was when he was born: it was prophesied that he would be a ‘wild donkey’ of a man, always warring against others, who likewise warred against him and his descendants. He would always be hostile to others. Is this not what we see today? The Arabs war against each other, and Islam was devised by an Arab as a tool of war against everyone, including its own believers.

We only have to see the news to witness this deep hatred within the souls of Muslims (there are, of course, a few exceptions). It sears out from their eyes, words and actions, and is behind the terrorism around the world. The claimed reasons for being terroristic do not hold water. Rather, they are a natural ongoing witness to what God prophesied at the birth of Ishmael. The cause of the trouble, then, is not a culture or country, but the very characteristics of Ishmael and his descendants, who readily portray the prophecy. The issue, then, is not ‘Palestine’, but God’s prophecy, which is acting-out daily around the world.

Even if Israel did not exist, Muslims would STILL war against the world and against each other. Do not believe their claims or propaganda. To date, ‘Palestine’ does not exist as an Islamic country, but is a phantom state.

[Note: Obviously, I have had to ‘cherry-pick’ facts of history, to keep this paper short, but the gist is correct. Try to avoid the sentimentalism and emotionalism of current views!]

© February  2016

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