Middle East: Israel's Great Land Rush

Defying the U.S., Begin speeds up settlement of the West Bank

And I will give to you, and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

So said the Lord to Abraham, as recorded in Genesis 17: 8, and the descendants of Abraham remembered. In 1948 the Jews of Palestine seized control of part of the ancient land of their forefathers and established the state of Israel. In 1967, as a result of the Six-Day War, Israel occupied those portions of the ancient regions of...

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