Without the Jews, without Israel, what would their land be now? Nothing. That's right--nothing.
It would be no different than the desolate, denuded and depopulated
stretch of desert which Mark Twain described so vividly in Innocents
When Twain published this book in 1870, there were no more then 250,000 people scratching out profoundly bare livings(if that) in what is today Israel proper PLUS Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Fifty years later, in 1920, the population had doubled. Now why would
this have happened? The Arabs of 1920 were no better nourished (and,
hence, more resistant to diseases) than those of 1870. Nor had Western
medicine penetrated in what became the Palestine mandate. So--whence the