Brod, there had been no Jewish population of consequence for almost two thousand years, only about 9% of the population of Palestine was Jewish in 1900, and that was a considerable growth due to Zionist colonies being established since the 19th c. So why, if the Jews' great dream had always been Israel, did Jews not go back to Palestine sooner, before it became oevrrun by all those pesky Arabs who had managed to hang on there despite the bloodsucking Ottomans, who stripped the land of its natural and human resources for its wars? That is why the land was so barren, since the Turks were gobbling up crops and trees for the armies, as well as conscripting all the young men, most of whom never returned to their homes. Then when Palestine was liberated from the Turks by British and Arab forces in 1917, the Jews decided all of a sudden that they wanted that land which they had ignored for almost two millennia. Too late! And the natives will never stop resisting.
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from the article: Officials: Israel to allow construction in existing W. Bank settlements