History of the Palestine – Israel Conflict in 5 Minutes

Palestine-Israel History: Facts vs. Propaganda

Basic Facts: 10 historical realities about the Palestine-Israel conflict

Important facts to remember about the Israel-Palestine conflict

  • The State of Israel is a legally, internationally sanctioned country that has the right to exist.
  • In 134 A.D., Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea (Southern Kingdom of Israel) into Palestine (Syria-Palestina).
  • The Palestinians in the Middle East (Gaza Strip and West Bank) have NO connection with “ancient Philistines.”
  • The Arab population that lived in Israel’s region started calling themselves Palestinians in 1964.
  • The British referred to Judea (Kingdom of South Israel) as Palestine, referring to both “Palestinian Jews and Arabs.”
  • British census in 1864 shows Jews constituted a majority of the population of Jerusalem—not Arabs.
  • Suicide bombers are incentivized to kill Jews in the name of their God, Allah.
  • Palestinian propagandist and mainstream media bias.
  • Palestinians embrace terrorist leadership.
  • Israel must defend itself from total annihilation.

1. Israel’s right to exist

The State of Israel, having gained legal and international sanction in 1948, was acknowledged as the rightful homeland of the Jewish people, endowed with the right to exist.

The Kingdom of Israel established in 1050 BCE

Israel was the name bestowed on Jacob (Genesis 32:22-32). He is the father of the “12 tribes of Israel” who settled in the “Promised Land” or the “unified kingdom” of Israel around 1400-1300 BCE.

Israel was once one nation, but under King Solomon’s rule, it split into two kingdoms, the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, due to rebellion, taxation, and bad leadership.

The Kingdom of Judah in the South

Eventually, Northern Israel fell to the Assyrians in 722 BCE. Still, the Kingdom of Judah in the South survived because of its strategically defensible location and the religious significance of Jerusalem, home to the First Temple. Jesus would later be born in Bethlem, a region of Judah.

The “Land of Judea” is a Greek and Roman adaptation of “Judah.” Judah was later conquered by the Romans in 2 A.D. and by 134 A.D., Emperor Hadrian renamed it “Syria Palestina” to spite the Jews.


The promise of a national home for Jewish people

The conflict in Palestine began in the late 19th century during Ottoman rule. Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisted peacefully. At the same time, Jewish nationalism, called Zionism, emerged when the British defeated the Ottomans in WW1 and ruled the region.

In 1917, the Balfour Declaration promised a Jewish national home in the region the British called Palestine (whose original name was the Land of Judea). However, it created tensions between Jews and the Muslim Arab group (Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians) because the Jewish population threatened the Arab group.

In 1867. Mark Twain described the region of what is now Israel as harsh and barren landscapes, including the Dead Sea, as a desolate and unforgiving place. Israel focused on nation-building through economics and technology (Photo: Robert Capa: Israel 1948-1950 | Magnum)

Rejecting the offer for a Palestinian State

In 1917, the British promised to return the Jews back to their ancient land. After World War II, the Holocaust became the catalyst to fulfill the decades-old promise.

In 1947, the United Nations unanimously voted to partition the Palestine region between Palestinian Jews and Arabs.

However, the Arab group (Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt, Saudi Arabia) refused and instead united to attack the newly formed State of Israel on the eve of its independence in 1948.

Israel won, and Arab countries took the area where Palestinians lived. Jordan annexed the West Bank, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip. As a result, the Palestinian State did not push through.

The Palestinian group continuously refused peace talks and instead sought the destruction of Israel, making excuses that it was unfair to their farmers.

The war that Arabs initiated affected the hopes for a future Palestinian state. Since then, the Arabs (now referred to as Palestinians) have been displaced—blamed on Israel.

2. Where did the name Palestine come from?

Renaming of the Land of Judea to Palestine

Emperor Hadrian changed the name Jerusalem to Aelia Capitalina

In 129 CE, roughly 70 years after the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE, Roman Emperor Hadrian established a new (pagan) city, Aelia Capitalina, on the ruins of Jerusalem. It led to the last Jewish revolt led by Simon Bar Kohba.

To punish the Jews, Hadrian issued a decree that banished the Jewish race and forbade the Torah’s reading. He sold Jewish prisoners into slavery, and the Jews were never to return or look at Jerusalem from a distance. [Harris] [Britanica]

Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judaea to Palestina

Emperor Hadrian renamed Judaea or Judea (Land of Israel) into Syria Palaestina or Palestina in 134 A.D. to wipe out the remaining Jewish identity in the Roman province. He chose Palestina to spite the Jews because the Philistines were the hereditary enemy of the Israelites.

Hadrian renamed Judea into Syria Palestina in 134 A.D.


3. Palestinians and Biblical Philistines are different groups

Ancient Philistines have no connection with “Palestinians”

Ancient Philistines during the Iron Age

The ancient Philistines were an Aegean people who settled in the coastal areas of what is now Israel and the Gaza Strip during biblical times. They are distinct from the “modern Palestinians,” which are primarily composed of Arab ethnic groups who have different cultural and historical backgrounds.

Ancient Philistines existed during the Iron Age. They were composed of Hittites, Canaanites, Amorites, Nubians, and Jebusites, who were perpetual enemies of the Israelites even before the Neo-Assyrian Empire and Neo-Babylonian Empire rose.

Just like other ancient groups, the Philistines were absorbed into the Neo-Babylonian Empire and the Achaemenid Empire and disappeared as a distinct ethnic group by the late 5th century B.C. [Meyers]

In short, they ceased to exist as a distinct ethnic group.

Palestine propagandists

Palestine propagandists often claim that “Palestinians have been on this land for 5,000 years,” but today’s Palestinian Arabs have no direct connection with ancient Philistia.

“Modern Palestinians,” formerly known as the Arab League, are not indigenous people in the region of Israel.

  • British census in 1864 shows Jews and Christians constituted a majority of the population of Jerusalem, and Arabs (modern-day Palestinians) were the minority.
  • Historical records, ancient manuscripts, and archeological records from the last 5,000 years support Jewish continuous presence.
  • On the other hand, “modern Palestinians” who seek Israel’s destruction cannot claim to be Palestinians historically.
  • They only began calling themselves exclusively “Palestinian people” in 1964 when the PLO was established.

Arab Muslim presence in the Land of Judea or Palestine

The most critical Muslim invasion of Jerusalem began in 637 AD, led by Arab-Muslim Caliph Umar. It was followed by 1187 (Saladin), 1517 (Ottoman Empire), and 1917 (British forces).

Since then, Arabs have been living as a minority in the Land of Judea (later named Palestine). Hence, there are Palestinian Arab Muslims (primarily Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians), and Palestinian Jews are indigenous in the area.

Henceforth, Arabs (living in Judea or Israel) began calling themselves Palestinians in 1964. The “Palestinian Jews” were referred to as simply Jews or Israelis afterward.

Arabs lived alongside indigenous Palestinian Jews in the Land of Judea, later named Palestine. )Photo: Mitchell Loeb (1889-1968) – 1947 Visit Palestine tourist campaign in Jerusalem)

4. Emergence of modern Palestinian Arabs

The Palestinians today are not descendants of the Philistines who inhabited what is now known as the Gaza Strip. They belong to various nationalities, to begin with, who formed a confederation to formalize their campaign against modern Israel’s formation in 1948.

Today’s Palestinians are Arabs, mainly from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, who formed the Arab League in 1945 and subsequently the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)

Terrorist Organizations

Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)

  • In 1964, the Arab League founded the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
  • The Arab League (previously defined themselves as Assyrians and Egyptians) began to refer to themselves as the Palestinian people.
  • The PLO demanded the entire area of the British mandate and called for the destruction of Israel.

Palestine National Council

  • The PLO established the Palestine National Council (PNC) in 1964.
  • PNC is the legislative body representing Palestinians and has been central to Palestinian politics, including the declaration of statehood.
  • The “State of Palestine” was first used in 1988 when the PNC declared the “future establishment” of a State of Palestine.

Palestinian-Arab political control began in 1994

Before the War in June 1967 (6 days after the Third Arab–Israeli War), control of this land was divided between three states, and none of them was Palestinian.

The 2005 map would be accurate as it is presented in the original series, showing the first lands ever to be ruled by Palestinian Arabs.

By 1995, the map shows the withdrawals undertaken during the first two years of the Oslo process, up to but not including the 1997 Hebron Protocol.

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The map shows that the land was not under Palestinian Arab control. Instead, it was all under British authority. The peace process in the 1990s resulted in the first time a Palestinian Arab regime ruled over any piece of land. This occurred in 1994 with the establishment of the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and Jericho.

Arabs began calling themselves Palestinians in 1964.

The Arab League (Confederation of 22 Arab Nations founded in 1945) established the PLO in 1964 and referred to themselves as the Palestinian people for the first time.


5. The British Mandate for Palestine in 1917

“Mandatory Palestine” was a geopolitical entity under the British administration—carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria after World War I. Syria-Palestina (formerly the Land of Judaea) fell into the hands of the British Empire in 1917.

Palestine Jews’ and ‘Palestine Arabs

The Land of Judea (renamed Syria-Palestina to spite the Jews) underwent numerous conquerors, including the Romans, Turks, and Muslims.

When the British took over, it was natural to refer to the area as Palestine. Hence, there were “Palestinian Jews” and “Palestinian Arabs” as Muslims and Jews both lived in the area.

Jewish Compromise: Israel’s territory reduced to 77%

The British Mandate initially proposed allocating approximately 120 square kilometers of territory for Jews. On September 16, 1922, the League of Nations approved the Palestine Mandate, which included provisions for a Jewish national home.

However, the territory was reduced by 77% from the initial proposal, according to the book ‘This Land is My Land,’ by Eli E. Hertz.

The original mandate was to return to Israel at least 120 Sq. Km. of territory. But It was reduced to only 23%, and the Jews accepted it.

6. U.N. Partition Plan: Two-state plan rejected

In 1947, the British Mandate over the Land of Judea (Palestine) expired, and the United Nations voted to divide the area into an independent Jewish and Arab State.

The Jews accepted whatever piece of land was returned to them, but the Arabs refused the “two-state plan.”

  • Two groups of people lived under the British Mandate of Palestine: the Arabs and the Jews.
  • The U.K. promised to establish a national home for the Jewish people through the Balfour Declaration of 1917.
  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred to the creation of modern Israel as a “Restoration to its ancestral home.”
  • In 1947, the mandate expired, and the U.N. split the land into independent Arab and Jewish states.
  • When the British left, the Arab group (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon) attacked the newly formed State of Israel on the eve of its independence in 1948.
  • In 1949, Jordan annexed the West Bank, and Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip, but both lands were assigned to the Arab groups who lived in Palestine. As a result, the Palestinian State did not push through.
  • In 1964, the Arab League formed the PLO (and called themselves the Palestinian people), demanded the entire area, and called for the destruction of Israel.
  • The PLO proclaimed the “State of Palestine” in 1988, a quasi-state kind of “government-in-exile” whose first President was Yasser Arafat.
  • Since then, neighboring Arabs attacked Israel. But the Jewish army kept winning and, as spoils of war, kept reclaiming their ancient land.

Arabs continue to reject the partition plan

  • The Arab group (Palestinians) continued to reject the partition plan because they refused to share the land with Jews.
  • They wanted Jews to leave Israel and “return from where they came from” while advocating for their destruction.
  • In 2005, Israel returned the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Arabs, but they continued to attack Israel, placing their own civilian as pawns and using their resources to attack them.

Israel’s offer for peace: Gaza Disengagement Plan in 2005

After the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, many Palestinians sought refuge in the Gaza Strip, which Egypt governed from 1948 to 1967. In 1967, Egypt attacked Israel, known as the Six-Day War. Israel won and occupied the Gaza Strip, allowing for the coexistence of Jews and Palestinians in the area.

In 2005, Israel disengaged from the Gaza Strip, allowing Palestinians more control over their destiny. Jewish residents in the Strip were forced to relocate to Israel.

7. Incentivizing terrorism to destroy Israel

Arab aspiration focused solely on eliminating the state of Israel and killing all Jews who lived in the region. One way to carry it out was to encourage and incentivize civilian attacks.

  • In 2015, Chairman Abbas incited violence against Israel. He said on live PLO TV, “We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood…
  • According to a report by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the Palestinian Authority (PA) allocated more than NIS 1.24 billion ($330 million) for payments related to security prisoners and so-called “martyrs” or “freedom fighters” in its 2018 budget.
  • Funds were given as salaries and stipends for convicted terrorists who have attacked or killed Israelis, as well as to the bereaved families of suicide bombers. The PA allegedly has been allocating funds for years.
  • Palestinian exploitation of using children as weapons of war, such as suicide bombers. [Amnesty]
  • Use of people as “human shield.” [Wapo]

Palestinians used as a human shield

Hamas attack in 2023

On October 7, 2023, the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas (a U.S.-designated terrorist organization) led surprise attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip. More than 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals (including at least 35 U.S. citizens in Israel) were killed. [CRS]

Israel retaliated with full force, but to limit casualties, the IDF repeatedly told Palestinians living in Gaza to evacuate. They sent millions of flyers and text messages. It warned in advance of an impending attack—something unheard of in retaliatory war.

Instead of advocating for the safety of Gaza residents, radical Palestinians used some of them as human shields, including children. Islamic extremists encouraged people to “die for Allah.” “Hamas is using people as human shields… they started this war,” son of Hamas Mosab Yousef said.

Palestinian Authority Martyrs Fund

Teenagers and females are often used as suicide bombers. There have been intelligence reports that families of “successful suicide bombers” receive financial aid. [See Reference]

Indoctrinating children

Even with videos depicting their indoctrination, some of whom chant “Kill the Jews,” Palestinian apologists remain undaunted, refusing to call the October 7 attack genocide.

Terror tunnels

Palestinians in Gaza elected Hamas to lead them. Since then, they have been sending suicide bombers to Israel and building tunnels that stored weapons and provided a covert training ground and prison. Some of these tunnels from the Gaza Strip lead into Southern Israel. [FP, 2014]

They built underground tunnels in civilian areas, allowing fighters to stay out of sight and smuggle weapons. They’ve also converted water pipes into rockets instead of ensuring Gaza had substantial water supplies. [N.Y. Times] [Reuters]


8. Palestinian propagandist: Mainstream media and the Democrats

Misleading map perpetuated by media

The State of Israel today is being shown as the oppressor of Palestine when, in fact, it is the opposite. The Palestinians (Arabs) want Israel obliterated, and in defense, the Israel State can counter-strike military threats with its state-of-the-art weapon.

Left-liberal Democrat politicians in the United States and mainstream media support Arab propaganda.

In 2015, MSNBC showed a map of Israel that appears to be the oppressor of the Palestinians. During a live on-air discussion between news anchor Kate Snow and a correspondent, a series of maps were displayed entitled “Palestinian loss of land 1946 – present.”

Before the Third Arab-Israeli War or Naksah in 1967, the area was divided between three states (Egypt, Jordan, and Israel), and none of them was Palestinian.

The first map of 1946 labeled the entire territory as Palestine, with the vast majority colored green, denoting Palestinian control—which was utterly wrong. Snow apologized for the incorrect information and said, “Not factually accurate, and we regret using them; clearly, that set of maps was wrong.

Maps like these perpetuate the impression that a state of Palestine existed in 1946 when the area was under British Mandatory rule until May 14, 1948. MSNBC later apologized for its inaccuracy.

Antisemitism: Hatred against the Jews

The term “antisemite” emerged in Germany in 1879, replacing “Judenhass” (Jew-hatred). Today, this hostility persists perpetuated by the PLO, which calls for Israel’s destruction (“From the river to the sea) while Palestinian children are groomed to hate Israel.

Liberals faction in U.S. Democrats also harbors animosity toward Jews.

Amnesty International

Israel is accused of apartheid by Amnesty International, along with media bias that paints Israel as the perpetrator rather than the victim.

The Gaza Strip has access to the open sea, but the Israeli naval blockade, aimed at preventing weapon smuggling to Hamas, has limited maritime trade. However, Palestinians have maintained some fishing and trading activities.


Before the war IN 1967, the area was divided between three states, and none of them was Palestinian.

The Israel-Arab (Palestinian) conflict is further fuelled by propaganda that creates an image of Israel as an oppressor rather than the victim.


9. Palestinians embrace terrorist leadership

Hamas is a Muslim Brotherhood founded in Egypt in the 1920s that became a political power that ruled the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip when they won the election in 2006.

  • Israel controlled the Gaza Strip for four decades and handed it over to the Palestinians in 2005 to maintain peace.
  • Palestinians finally had their own territory but were obsessed with destroying Israel and voted the Hamas “terrorist group” into leadership.
  • Rather than establishing an effective government for the well-being of its people, Hamas has spent much of its resources to send suicide bombers and missiles to Israel for the last 18 years.

Palestinian’s misery is blamed on Israel

Gazans remain poor because of bad leadership

The Hamas group received significant funding, but instead of using it to alleviate poverty in Gaza, it waged war against Israel. As a result of bad leadership, the Palestinians remained poor, with a nearly 50 percent unemployment rate.

  • Hamas used their funds for weapons to attack Israel.
  • Sent suicide bombers to Israel.
  • Converted water pipes to weapon missiles.
  • Educated young children to hate Jews.
  • Kidnapped families, raped girls, and killed babies.
  • Like other Muslim extremists, Hamas openly called to obliterate Israel.

Son of Hamas co-founder Mosab Hassan Yousef

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, left the organization in the late ’90s and collaborated with Israel’s security services to prevent Hamas terrorist attacks. He authored “Son of Hamas” in 2010.

Yousef is exposing the reality of Hamas’ extremist ideology.

10. Israel must defend itself from total annihilation

Israel must protect its people, something they were not able to do so in WW2, which is why six million Jews were killed by the Nazis. Since the state’s inception in 1948, they were immediately attacked by neighboring Arabs.

The world turns against Israel

School campuses across the United States have threatened fellow students and professors who are Jews. The protests have become so uncontrollable that police enforcement intervened. Once again, Jews live in fear, just as they did during Hitler’s time.

Israel has been attacked for the last 70 years

  • Since 1860, at least 24,068 Israeli soldiers have died defending their land, with over 5,000 civilian casualties. [JVL Haaretz]
  • 1948 to present: Seven major wars by the Arab forces.
  • 2001 to 2023: 700 rocket and mortar attacks on Israel by Palestinian terrorists. [JVL]
  • 1993-2016: There have been at least 162 incidents of suicide and other bombing attacks on Israel, mostly instigated by Hamas since the Declaration of Principles in 1993. [Israel]

The war continues

On October 7, 2023, Hamas (again) attacked Israel, took hostages, and killed innocent Israeli civilians, including burning babies and raping women. Israel retaliated with full force to finish the war they started.

In 2024, Israel escalated its airstrikes in Syria against the terrorists Hezbollah and the IRGC. Iran retaliated with the largest drone missile attack in Israel in nearly fifty years of hostilities.

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