The US was the choice for many, because it's a country not based on ethnicity.
It's not like the US was so friendlt to the Jewish people. Not untill pretty recently anyway. Biggest thanks should go to Martin Luther King whose actions helped also non-Blacks (Jews and Poles among others), before they go to any particularly patriotic/nationalistic Jew or Pole.
(Today Israel and Poland get along politically much better than Jews and Poles ever did within Poland.)
Read the Satutes of Kalisz. Some Polish laws placed Jews over Polish catholics. Sure there were problems. There were problems between Poles and Jews, between Mazovians and Wielkopolans, Kaszubians and Malopolans etc. But compared to other European countries things were not so bad for Jews in Poland, until Poland's partitions in 1790's.
The jewish claim to this land is based on our well-known historic connection with the land. The bible is the most widely known record of that and is believed by a large part of the world, so that's why we quote it.
The Bible is not a historic record. It is a collage of historic facts, mixed with myths, legends and propaganda good for the times when they were written and used, but not now.
True, Jews have lived in the area since the times they exterminated or expelled the nations that had lived there before them, but that was a long, long time ago. Using your timeframe, Scotss could claim Poland, Germany, France as their ancestral lands. But then, Slavs could claim Berlin.
Most israeli politicians and leaders are not religious. I wish they would cite the bible as often as you give them credit for.
Agreed. Most are not religious and they do not cite the Bible daily. Its has been know to have happened lately though. Also, the influence of the Orthodox Jews in Israeli politics is still pretty damn important.
And face it, if we weren't here, we might be in Poland, or the UK. So be happy we're here.
Why should I be happy with that?