Individual Jews bought individual pieces of land during the rule of the Ottomans, then during British rule. When British rule came to an end, it was decided that where Jews were a majority they would govern themselves and where Arabs a majority they would govern themselves. The Muslim Arabs Refused to let ANY piece of land that had been ruled by Muslims to ever be ruled by Jews. They went to war many times,each time losing, which has consequences.losing more land! Also much Jewish property in MiddleEast confiscated after Isreal was formed. Who's the thief?!
from the article: Response / Henry Siegman on Burston and 'Israel's pathology'