Term for the southern part of Canaan, derived from "Philistine" therefore including the coastal plain as well as the Israelite high country. Situated on the main land trade routes between Egypt and Asia or Europe this small territory has always held great strategic importance.
The militarization of the area today (Israeli soldiers near the Latrun monastery outside Jerusalem, left, from McMath) illustrates its ongoing significance to geo-politics and economics.
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