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The "Arab" land did not exist between 1516 and 1918.

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Submitted by Isaac Haskiya (Sweden), May 8, 2010 at 04:12

The true narrative is that this territory was part of the Ottoman Empire, thus under Turkish sovereignty. The inhabitants were not only Arabs but Ottoman citizens of various origins, such as Arabs, Jews, Greeks, Armenians, Boshnaks, Circassians, Persians, Kurds, Albanians and many others. The Arab states of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan were established by the British and the French as the victors of WW1, after 1918 and the Balfour Declaration. The Ottoman Empire opposed Arab nationalism with weapons when these chose to support the British. The territories that Arabs received as an easy victory from the hands of the British and French are still some 100 times greater than what Jews were alloted by the UN proposal although the reservation made by the Balfour declaration was far larger.

Speaking of Arab lands in that context is not correct. As to Jews arriving from different states into Israel is nothing else than the necessary realisation of their need for security and also of their inherited rights. Whether there are people who do not accept the fact that Israel is exists is irrelevant. The Jewish State has established itself by the power of its weapons - as all other nations - and not by a simple piece of paper signed by other parties.

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