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    • Moshe
    • 19.12.07 | 03:38 (IST)

    The return to Jerusalem and Zion is found in the daily prayers of Jews.These prayers have been around for at least a thousand years.If the 9% is correct(and I have no reason to doubt it),many reasons exist for the return to Palestine, beginning in the 1880's.The Jews never left Palestine.Despite expulsions by Rome,invasion by Mohammed and his Moslems,the Crusades,Ottomans,British and so on,there were Jewish communities throughout the nearly 2000 years when there was no Jewish state. After the destruction of the Temple in 70AD by Rome in the first revolt,efforts were made to strengthen Judaism by decentralizing the worship and traditions previously held in the Temple.This gave rise to rabbinic Judaism.The second revolt against Rome resulted in the deaths of nearly 600,000 Jews and nearly the same number of Roman soldiers.Jerusalem was nearly completely destroyed. Many Jews left Judea as the scholarly center shifted to Babylon.

    from the article: Officials: Israel to allow construction in existing W. Bank settlements
    First published 00:00 17.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 17.12.07
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