The West Bank Story, Part IV / Was There Ever A Land Called Palestine Before 1917?

Israel/Palestine …. Part 4 – The West Bank … ‘The two-state solution has a long history dating back at least to 1937, when the British proposed to partition the land between Arabs and Jews while leaving Jerusalem under international control.’

Gronda Morin

Map of Palestine under British rule Israel (Palestine) was set aside for Jewish population under the British Mandate

Related imageRelated imageI copied the answer to the question regarding the prior existence of Palestine from It represents a point of view favorable to Israel but it is also factually accurate. Any Palestinian sources that I reviewed referred to the Philistines in biblical times inhabiting the lands of Samaria and Judea. But there is nothing specific to a land called Palestine with its own boundaries, government and monies. This issue has been raised because some media outlets have been referring to an “historic Palestine.” In short, the countries in the middle east (formerly known as Ottoman Empire) were arbitrarily drawn after the end of 1917 by the Brits.

In the next blog, I will cover more how the West Bank fits into this history after WWI.

Around 1947-1948, there was a Civil War which culminated in the Arab-Israeli War. This led to the 1949 cease…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

4 thoughts on “The West Bank Story, Part IV / Was There Ever A Land Called Palestine Before 1917?

  1. Jesus was a Jew who lived in Palestine, then occupied by Rome. To my knowledge, there was no Israel for more than thousand years, perhaps more, before 1948. The current circumstances go back to the Sykes-Picot secret agreement of 1916. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, Britain ruled Palestine as Mandatory Palestine. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 supported a national homeland for the Jewish people, but this homeland had to be in Palestine and not inconvenience Palestinians. On 23 December, the United Nations’ Security Council condemned Israeli settlements. The United States did not veto the resolution. Every day the United States gives about 10 million dollars in military aid to Israel.

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