Israel cites Biblical and historical claims to the West Bank, but the United Nations considers its settlements there illegal and most world powers say they are an obstacle to peace.
Let's make that clear - the "historical claims" are not only from the Biblical period, the centuries after the loss of political sovereignty and military capability, when the Jewish homeland was conquered and occupied and a foreign population transferred itself in.
No, they are from the national consciousness of the Jewish people every single day since, whether in prayer, in holiday customs, ritual, texts, literature and rememberance.
Those claims are from a constant continuous Jewish presence throught those 1800 years since the Bar Kochba Revolt and the ploughing under of the Temple Mount in the Land of Israel.
They are from persistent attempts to return in every single century and not becuase of anti-Semitism but due to love of Zion, from every single land of Diaspora and Exile.
And those claims were recognized - and awarded the status of international law - by the League of Nations:
recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country;
We need feel no inferiority, no embarassment, no shame - this land if our homeland.
Ours by right.