Talmon was obviously wrong, or senile by that time. The Jews of Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Algiers, Casablanca, Aden, etc., who make up the majority of the IDF, were not strangers to the region but have been living there longer then the Arabs, their oppressors. Do you speak Hebrew? It was spoken in Beer Sheba for about 4000 years. Certainly not foreign to the region! Neither is Judaism.
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