Israel was declared in the name of ALL Jewish folk, whether they lived in the region or not. It was declared for Jewish folk who have not yet been born. The do not have to have ANY land ownership in Israel, they do not have to have ANY relatives or ancient ties to the land. They need not have ANY genetic connection at all to any other Jewish person on the planet.. They do not have to be born a Jew. They cannot possibly be an atheist if conversion is a qualification, because conversion is a religious notion. Normal nationhood is declared on behalf of ONLY the people living in the region or citizens of the region AT THE TIME of declaration.
Egypt says verdict in Al-Jazeera case expected Saturday (AP)