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Reader comment on item: Israel Is the Least-Stolen Land

Submitted by Albert E. (United States), Jun 22, 2022 at 12:05

"Only one country was purchased rather than conquered. That country is Israel."

To an extent but only that, to an extent. The partition of the Mandate gave more land to the Arab than the Jew. The Israeli army during the War of Independence in a very deliberate manner extended the area controlled by the Jews to much more than was allotted under the UN partition agreement.

Purchased too only if you ignore the conquest of "The Land" by the army of Joshua. Military conquest in the traditional understanding of the term.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Do read what I wrote: "Only when the British withdrew from Palestine in 1948, followed immediately by an all-out attempt by Arab states to crush the nascent Israel, did Israelis take up the sword in self-defense and go on to win land through military conquest. By then, however, this exceptional polity had already existed through purchase."

Joshua? You're kidding, I assume.

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