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Submitted by Walter Manchur (Canada), Aug 12, 2005 at 23:43

These comments are a response to Henricrun:

The most important event affecting the Holy Land today is the Balfour declaration of 1917 and the subsequent Mandate by the League of Nations (1920) to Britain to create a Jewish homeland in the area known today as Israel and Jordan.

At the time of this Mandate, this area was mostly uninhabited by permanent residents and was for the most part desolate and a wasteland. Based on the Mandate, the Jews began to settle and cultivate this land. The British failed miserably in carrying out the Mandate and being sympathic to the Arabs, allowed Trans Jordan to become a homeland for the Arabs. Hoping to win over the Arabs to their side and thus preventing them from supporting Germany, they reduced the size of the land west of the Jordan River (contrary to the Mandate by the League of Nations) that was to become the homeland of the Jews. The British allowed unlimited immigration by Arabs into the Palestine while severely limiting the return of Jews. The propaganda machine of the Arabs has the world today believing that the immigration of the Jews to Palestine displaced the Arabs who had lived there from "time immemorial". Remember, the history of Israel does not begin in 1948.

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