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    • Hamishim Agora
    • 14.06.10 | 12:26 (IDT)

    Is a phrase used by those who consider Judea and Samaria to be a part of Jordan which, as Transjordan, occupied Judea and Samaria for a few years prior to losing it in a war of aggression against Israel. Jordan lays no claim to it now, knowing that the situation is too complex for them to want to be involved. It is land which has been Jewish for time immemorial, but under the Ottoman empire, many of these Jews converted to Islam and Islamic economic migrants arrived there from other Arab lands. As such, the population there are neither Israeli Jews nor Jordanian Arabs. That's why Arafat chose the Roman name for the area to give these people a name which sounds like they have been tied to the land for thousands of years when actually the average is just a few generations. Nonetheless, Israelis would vote for withdrawal from much of their ancestral land in J&S, if only the leadership of these people would renounce all violence against Israel and accept that Jews also have a right to self-determination.

    from the article: Police officer killed and two wounded in West Bank shooting
    First published 08:10 14.06.10 | Last updated 11:37 14.06.10
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