President Mahmoud Abbas decreed that the name would be changed to reflect the recent upgrade of the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations, the Associated Press reported.
Palestinian stamps, signs and letterheads will be changed to reflect his decision, according to Wafa, the Palestinian news agency.
The Palestinian Authority was created in 1994 as part the Oslo peace accords and was intended to be the foundation of a fully-fledged Palestinian state. The outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000 brought talks with Israel to a halt and its status has remained the same since.
In 2005, Fatah, a political faction within the Palestinian Authority associated with Abbas and the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was ousted from the Gaza Strip by rival Hamas. While the Palestinian Authority continues to claim sovereignty over the coastal territory from its seat in Ramallah, the Fatah-led organization has little real authority there.
-Jerusalem Post, 6 January 2013, pg. 2
Palestinian Arabs certainly have the advantage in name. Israel was recognized within the territory defined by the British as Palestine. It is also of interest that this territory, in virtually all Bible commentaries and historical biblical maps is called Palestine, instead of the proper name Israel. This all shows that the pagan definition, Palestine is preferred over the biblical name Israel.
(For more on this subject, read The Palestinian Right to Israel, Item 2256.)