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    • Zvuv
    • 31.08.10 | 07:35 (IDT)

    It's really sad that some Israelis seem to know so little about the history of Israel and the former Palestine. For hundreds of years, the area referred to in this blog post was known as Judea and Samaria and there were Jewish communities throughout. In the 1948 war of independence, Jordanian forces captured the territory and forcibly evicted all the Jews, even from many locations considered to be important religious sites. The Jordanian occupation was completely illegal. There was no discussion at all of a "Palestinian state." Jordan renamed the area as "the West Bank" as part of its campaign to obliterate its historical connection to the Jewish people. In June 1967, Israel re-captured the areas of Judea and Samaria and Jews returned and built new communities, reestablishing a Jewish presence that had been temporarily removed. The territory is still in dispute and represents a bargaining chip to a degree, but no Israeli government will ever return to the so-called "Green Line," which was never anything more than an armistice line. From a historical perspective, the Jews have every right in the world to build communities throughout Judea and Samaria.

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