Just exactly who are the Palestinians anyway? The answer to this question can be found in two parts: the ancient Philistines and the modern-day Palestinians.
The modern-day Palestinians have taken up the mantle of the ancient Philistines in that they are Israel’s closest and most intimate enemy.
Palestine was first used as a name to describe a small portion of the ancient land of Canaan. It is a translation of “Philistia” and refers to the ancient land of the Philistines. The ancient Philistines were a “sea people” migrating from the Aegean Islands (Crete) and Asia Minor to the Eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the 12th Century B.C.