In Parashas Bechukosai, the Torah makes a seemingly ridiclous statement, one that only Gd alone, standing above time, could make: (26:32) "I shall make the land desolate and your enemies who dwell there will be desolate on it. "

In all human history, when armies conquer territory of others, they develop the land and proudly add it to their possessions.

For two thousand years, many invaders (crusaders, Turks, Arabs) sought to take over our land and prosper there, but always failed. Eretz Yisrael remained a basically desolate land until the 20th century, when the Jewish people, returning to Eretz Yisael b'ezras HaShem, turned into a land of milk and honey, fulfilling the promise of this verse.

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