.... nature sanctuary. Let Mark Twain's offspring tour the land now and see if they would write that "Palestine sits clothed in sackcloth and ashes ... above her lies the brood of a curse." At that time he was describing the state of the land that ancient Israel had become as a backwater of conquering civilizations with the former Jews of the land being in the diaspora and pining to return. When they did return, the ones with the vision that loved the stones and dust thereof, they gazed lovingly upon Jerusalem once again, wiped the dust from her comely eyes and cheeks, and again made her their world capital. They made such improvements to the land that it suddenly became fashionable for others to claim the whole neglected land as their State and the city of Jerusalem as their capital when they had all the time in the world to have done so before that if they really cared to do so.
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