this is not what I'm suggesting. if this dna stuff is correct then likely the maltese are much closer to being of the original caananite stock than anyone else in the region.Why because they displaced the people before and there havn't been many other peoples around who came in and wholesale mingled with them. if you look into the faces of palestinians you see that they're as much/bigger hodgepodge of different peoples than are the israelis.
Palestinian isn't an ancient designation, which is what I thought you were talking about.
The Maltese have their own language, not sure what group it's in. Could be a hybrid tongue of some sort, a mixture of Italian, Arabic, Latin, Greek, and whatever else was around. The Maltese Republic has two official languages, Maltese and English, and many Maltese reportedly speak Italian, and some Arabic and whatnot.