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Badly Representing the Children of Ishmael

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Feb 25, 2020 at 13:58

As efforts in history are being trampled with contravening endeavors to determine who the victor is and who the losers are, those of us who have followed the observations of the Middle East Forum and the leadership of Dr. Pipes in defining the key components of those contradictory elements, it is becoming more evident that original thinking along those lines has followed a track of diminishing results and the perceptions of the Israeli victory are more clearly established. Small wonder this is further exemplified in the ancient Hebrew texts going back millennia.

This seems to be missed by the Mayor of Tel Aviv; who, one might wonder, seems to be drinking from a water source with suspect contamination and impurities of an era that is already lost to realistic memories. Maybe this helped in thinking that Tel Aviv was not the neighborhood best suited to represent America's ambassadorial friendship with Israel.

'Palestinian's have been badly represented historically by foreign powers' influences, as is seen in modern times by the bad politics of giving Arabs false perceptions of their presence in lands they have been a part of for the same millennia under the same contentions as other actors in Middle East history. Part of the deception is that the term 'Palestinian' has been misapplied historically from the time the Romans used the term for their areas of conquest in the Middle East.

If history's annals serve a clue, true Philistines are ancient non-Semitic peoples whose modern day descendency is nearly impossible to determine without intense study; are there any remnant actual ethnic Philistinian populations left: are Arab descendants of the ancient Philistines, or more than actually, descendants of Hagar and Ishmael? Who was Yasser Arafat serving when adopting that reference?

That narrative has been the underlying deception for quite some time; and only by recognizing that issue of history will there be any truth applied as to why Hamas and Hizbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (definitely not 'Palestinian') and its proxies seek Israel's harm in contradiction to the truth. This seems to be the Mayor's problem as he has evidently adopted that posture for the socialist agenda he thinks serves his 'captured' electorate.

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