The jewish people have maintained ties to their historic homeland fro more than 3,700 years. There are at least four reasons for the claim to the land. 1. Jews settled and developed the land. 2. Int community granted political sovereignty in Palestine to the jews. 3. Territory was captured in defensive wars. 4. G-d promised the land to the patriach Abraham. Even after the 2nd temple was destroyed jews still lived in Israel, by the 9th century jewish comunities were reestablished i Jerusalem and Teveriah. in the 11th century jewish communities grew in Rafah, Gaza, Ashkelon, Jaffa, and Caesaria. During the 12th century the crusaders massacred the jews but over the next 300 years rabbis established communities in Sefad, Jerusalem and other places. By early 19th century years Before Israel more then 10,000 jews lived in Israel begining in 1970's. Jews have always been in the land for thousands of years maybe not the numbers here now but we are back to stay and have a right to the land.
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