Those fleeting ideas go back to the foundation of Zionism in the 1880s. But the early Zionists overlooked the historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Palestine, and their emotional/spiritual connection. In fairness, the western world committed to a Jewish state in the 1920s (at the same time as it committed to the establishment of multiple Arab states), in part as a result of refugee crisis resulting from the persecution of Jews in Europe and Russia. Those facts are somehow overlooked by those who criticize the founding of Israel as a mistake, and yet quote its history selectively.
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