The Forgotten History of the Term "Palestine"

The land to the east of the Mediterranean has gone by many names, all of them designed to make a political point.





A map of Palestine from 1754 by Henry Schenck Tanner. Buyenlarge/Getty Images.
Observation
Dec. 13 2021
About the author

Douglas J. Feith, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from July 2001 to August 2005. He is writing a history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Some think of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute as a clash of nationalisms. Others stress religious antagonism, while others yet see an East-West power struggle. But it is roundly agreed upon that a key element of the conflict is land. That land, for many years by many people, was called Palestine.

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