The Truth About “Palestine”—Then and Now

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— Calling Israel “Palestine” is commonplace today. However, the history of that name goes back millennia. First coined by the ancient Greeks for the five-city area in the Philistine confederacy and then adopted by Roman emperor Hadrian, Palestine was more recently copied by former Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat in…

Gantz offers Abbas series of goodwill gestures in rare Ramallah meeting

By Anna Ahronheim, Tovah Lazaroff, and Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post— Israel will make a series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinian Authority, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday after a rare meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas the night before in Ramallah. Among the economic gestures offered to Abbas was a NIS 500 million loan,…

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: The Man Behind the Mask

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— Decades before the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world, prompting the widespread use of face masks, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas had twisted together his own version of a mask—one that hid his lifelong motives and remade him into a credible world leader. Abbas controls the PA’s Fatah…