There was no incentive for people other than Jews to move and settle in Israel, since it was a backwater country. The economic centers were in Syria. In the 8th century Jews fought a war and was independent of the Byzantines for 3 years. Jews were the majority of the population living in Israel until the Crusaders persecuted, massacred, and caused them to flee. The majority of Jews lived outside Israel.
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Mortar shell fired from Gaza at IDF force operating by the border, no injuries reported (Haaretz)