So Mystictiger, if ya want to use historical precedent.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_ancient_Israel_and_Judah
They do predate most Arab lands in the region and historically can claim that Israel is their homeland!
Records refer to Israel as a people in ancient Egypt writing going back to 1200BC!!
This is what annoys me when people talk about the Jews having no claim or right to be there!!
I am not even speaking of biblical references
***The earliest mention of the name Israel comes at the very end of the Late Bronze Age, in an Egyptian inscription of about 1207 BCE. The Merneptah stele was erected to commemorate a victory over the Libyans and Sea Peoples, but includes a short poem or hymn listing victories over various cities in Canaan. Near the end occurs the line: "Israel is laid waste and his seed is not." This Israel is identified as a people, and it is highly probable that they were located in the northern part of the central highlands, geographically part of what would later be the biblical Kingdom of Israel.***
So when someone says the Jews should go home...well they are home.
Also Islam is new as religions go, so even there the Jewish people have a longer claim!!
The problem is that Helen Thomas is a WHITE HOUSE press member and writes for Hearst publishing and her views seem to be representative of a segment of people...That to me is very disturbing. She has a large forum and readership and I have not heard other members of the mainstream press speak out against what she said. That also makes me concern.