Originally Posted by cata_mint
I'm really confused, I always got the impression that the muslims lived there first, then after WW2 the west took land from them and gave it to the jewish people.
This is pretty much the impression I get too. And I don't believe that any religion can make a Biblical claim, but rather only a political claim to the land itself. God did give it to them (the Jews)at one time, but I don't think that stands anymore, just like many Old Testament laws don't stand anymore (for example, the Sabboth, eating kosher, etc)
That being said, now that the Israeli Jews have been there for 60 years (more than a generation) we can't really tell them to leave, we have to let them stay. They now have a right to exist as a country, whether the original placement of that country was fair and right or not. Hamas has been elected into power in Palestine and they will not accept any compromise. They will only accept no Israel. Israel, of course, cannot accept this.
I also think there is a lot of corruption in the Palestinian leadership that leads to economic problems plauging the Palestinian people.
Wrong has been committed on both sides, but for me the argument comes down to whether or not Isreal has a right to exist and I believe it does.