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"You Stole Palestine!"

By David Rubin
5/20/2014, 2:05 PM

In the course of my speaking tours outside of Israel, and even on my Facebook page, I am often confronted by the haters of Israel who accuse me of stealing a fictional country called Palestine. While I could feel for them if they had a legitimate gripe, it seems a bit dishonest to reclaim a country that never existed.

I hereby challenge all supporters of "Palestine" to answer the following questions:

1. In what year was that ancient nation called Palestine established?

2. Who was the first leader of that country and in what year did he take office?

3. What was the monetary currency of that ancient country called Palestine?

Sadly for the haters of Israel, no one can answer those questions because there never was an ancient country called Palestine. However there was a Kingdom of Israel, led by King David and King Solomon, among others.

Here is an ancient sample of Israel's past and present currency - the shekel. This was the monetary currency of ancient Israel before we were exiled from our land by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago. This coin is from that time period at the temporary end of Jewish sovereignty in the land.

The Ancient Shekel