What are the long term Jewish and Palestinian claims to the land of Israel?
The Jews and Arabs both believed that Palestine (Israel) was their land. The Jews believed that Palestine was their land over the Arabs. The claim the Jewish had was that God had given them the land, and so it was their destiny to live there, for as Dr. Weizmann, the first president of Israel said, “We cannot deny our history and begin afresh”. Also, the Jews thought that seeing as they lived there before, and left involuntarily; they should be allowed to have their land back. Lastly, the Jews had wanted the land the land for 2000 years, and so they felt that they deserved it after all the discrimination from other counties. However, the Arabs believed that Palestine was their land over the Jews. The claim the Arabs had was their idea of ‘continuous settlement’, where they would say that they had lived there for 2000 years and farmed the land, built towns etc, even when the Jews has left, and so they felt the Jews had no right to jut take it after so long. Due to both of the cultures wanting this land, we can see that the Jews and Arabs are not going to live together peacefully.