HaAretz means THE LAND, not just any land but THE LAND, as in the highly unique geo-strategic Land Bridge between the three continents of Asia, Africa, & Europe that was a highly valued section of the ancient Fertile Crescent land mass which spawned many ancient civilizations and world empires and that witnessed their trade and military exploits with each other across this area. This is also the Promised Land that the eyes of the Most High, the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, & Joseph roved over the whole earth in search for as a land for his Covenant People and He placed them there over 3000 years ago to be a witness of Him throughout His-Story. The W-rd of G-d comes to pass and overrules all other words spoken by others as they were spoken in presumption and it reveals that a spiritual army does indeed protect Israel as the Assyrian Empire found out when the righteous Israelite King Hezekiah in sackcloth pleaded with G-d to spare Jerusalem from Sennacherib's mighty forces laying siege to the City back in 701 BCE. The Angel of the L-rd responded to this plea and smote 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in their camps early the next morning and when the survivors arose, "... behold, these were all dead bodies around them." The mighty Assyrian forces packed up and left in defeat leaving Jerusalem as the only city mentioned in Assyrian texts that was under siege by this ancient world empire but not captured.
U.S. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announces support for Iran nuclear deal (Haaretz)