actually, in 1897, Palestine was part of Syria - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • C. Bendavid
    • 28.12.13 | 09:46 (IST)

    By the way, the Jews did not invade Palestine. They settled in the country by purchading land. It is true, nonetheless that Palestine was already populated, but the Jews were a homeless - and persecuted - people. Thus, the partition of Palestine was totally legitimate - so that both the Jews and the Palestinians could have a state of their own. And please, don't tell me that the Jews were ofdered 55% of the territory. Until 1922, Jordan was part and parcel of "historic Palestine". Hence, the Jews were allocated 10% of the land only. However, unfortunately, the Palestinians refused to share the territory, they tried to destroy Israel and they lost. It's sad, but had they accepted a territorial compromise, they would've had their state a long time ago.

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    First published 22:28 25.12.13 | Last updated 22:28 25.12.13
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