Newly-installed Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday said that if six million Jews had not been wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust, Israel would today likely be in control of its biblical lands on the eastern side of the Jordan River, in what is today the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Peres made the remarks during an obligatory speech at the graveside of pre-state Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, who during his lifetime advocated the establishment of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan River, as envisioned by the Balfour Declaration and the original League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
Peres' address was surprising to many, who assumed that the left-wing, secular elder statesman did not accept Israel's biblical claims to the Land.
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