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Submitted by Infidel (Canada), Apr 17, 2006 at 01:02

Andrew, your outrage is founded on ignorance. Clearly, you know nothing about the history of Islam, Jews or the land of Israel. Instead of spilling your bile of ignorance on Pipes' web site you should enlighten yourself and read these books, From Time Immemorial, Joan Peters, The History of Israel, Howard Sachar and The Middle East, Bernard Lewis.

And yes, Israel belongs to the Jews. The facts are that the Jews have occupied the land referred to as either Palestine or Israel for over 3 thousand years of recorded history. Sure they have been invaded and ruled over by many different people and empires. In 625 BC, they were invaded and ruled by the Babylonians, then the Medo-Persians in 558 BC, followed by the Greco-Macedonians in 333 BC, the Roman's in 31 BC and in 638 AD they were invaded and occupied by the Muslims.

The Jews did not invade Israel or Palestine, as their forefathers have lived there continuously from time immemorial. It is true that beginning in 1890 AD, many Jews began returning to Israel, but they never displaced anyone. In fact the Muslims followed them because Jews began settling in barren unpopulated Israel or land purchased from absent Arab land owners, and began creating industry, agriculture and economic opportunities. In 1917 the League of Nations decided to create a homeland for the Jews. This intention was confirmed by the Balfour Declaration in December 1917.

The land set aside by the League of Nations and transferred to the administration of Britain included the present land of Israel and the land now known as Jordan. The League of Nations and Britain did not confiscate land inhabited by Arabs and designate it for the Jews. Furthermore Britain mishandled their mandate and allocated the area of Jordan to the Arabs contrary to the intent of the League of Nations. Today, the Jews occupy less than 10% of the land that was originally set aside for them by the League of Nations.

You state that "indeed history shows that Israel has been the major aggressor". The only history you can be referring to is your own, for Israel was attacked by the Arabs in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973 and Muslim violence against the Jews continues to this day.
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