In response to nirreich,
It's recorded history that Zionists in 1948 ethnically cleansed lands that had been inhabited by Palestinians for at least 1300 years.
After 1967, you took over the rest of Palestinian territory in a pre-emptive war against Egypt and Jordan, thus giving continuation to plans, in existence even before Israel's creation, of putting the whole of Palestine under Jewish control.
Occupation is written all over your history. You have to be very cynical to pretend otherwise. I can't really believe that it would occur to anyone, specially to anyone actually informed about the history of the conflict, that it is Israel who's in the right. In fact, I believe that any such impression can only survive in a very partial knowledge of the issue and exposition to the media's biased presentation of the conflict.
(I registered specifically to vote on this poll, only to discover that I still can't.)
Oh and yeah , what is Israel? Bunch of Europeans on Palestinian land? Palestine is right! In every sense of the word.
"According to historical records part, or perhaps the majority, of the Moslem Arabs in this country descended from local inhabitants, mainly Christians and Jews, who had converted after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century AD (Shaban 1971; Mc Graw Donner 1981). These local inhabitants, in turn, were descendants of the core population that had lived in the area for several centuries, some even since prehistorical times (Gil 1992). On the other hand, the ancestors of the great majority of present-day Jews lived outside this region for almost two millennia. Thus, our findings are in good agreement with historical evidence and suggest genetic continuity in both populations despite their long separation and the wide geographic dispersal of Jews." (Source: Nebel (2000), "High-resolution Y chromosome haplotypes of Israeli and Palestinian Arabs reveal geographic substructure and substantial overlap with haplotypes of Jews.")
After the Romans uprooted most (but not all) of the Jews and dispersed them across the empire.
So far It has been Israel winning every attempt to destroy it. Which makes one contemplate who's side God is on.
You withdrew from the Sinai after a war in which Egypt fought decently and you're caught by surprise. You withdrew from South Lebanon -- a territory you captured in a war your former PM Menachem Begin called a "war of choice" -- after Hezbollah forced you to in what is widely considered the first clear defeat of Israel to an Arab force. You only signed the Oslo Accords after the first Palestinian Intifada -- it was a "concession" you had to make in order to preserve your national security, but before it, many of your political leaders (Golda Meir, for example) openly said they saw no need to ever withdraw from the occupied territories; and following the signing of the agreement, you continued to confiscate Palestinian property and in fact sped up settlement building. You left Gaza in 2005 because, as Israeli officials have openly said, you wanted to prevent the emergence of a unified Palestinian state in the whole of the occupied territories. And as for the Golan Heights, your former PM Ehud Olmert is on record saying that "the Golan Heights will remain in our hands forever". The deal under which you would withdraw from 90% of the West Bank still meant that you would have annexed major settlement blocs built over Palestinian land, including privately owned land, much of the water resources of the area, and also East Jerusalem, where Arab families are still losing their properties to those absurd absentee laws (laws that only apply to Arabs).
In other words, every time you withdrew from a territory, it was either because you were forced to -- Israelis only understand the language of force -- or because you calculated that, by withdrawing from a territory, you could keep a hold on others.
As for the ethnic cleansing, the fact that you couldn't remove all of the Palestinians from their lands doesn't mean there wasn't a systematic attempt to force as many of them as possible so as to assure a Jewish majority in Israel since its early days. 700,000 Palestinians were uprooted -- half of the Palestinian population in 1948 -- and they were prevented to return to their homes and lands and to reclaim their money and bank accounts even after the end of the 1948 war. This has been described by many Israeli historiasns like Benny Morris, Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappé and Tom Segev, and many Israeli political and military leaders -- e.g., Ben Gurion and Moshe Dayan -- in statements and letters, strongly indicated that they recognized that. There's no denying that ethnic cleansing took place.
As to your allegation that, for the Jews, settling in Palestine was about returning to their ancestral lands, it is debatable. Zionism was just a nationalist movement like many others in the XIX and XX century. For many Jews, it didn't make much of a difference where they would settle -- in Palestine or somewhere else -- as long as they had a place they could call their country. It's known that one of the first and most prominent Zionists, Theodor Herzl, even considered carving out a Jewish state on what is now Uganda.
Moreover, the "return" narrative conceals the fact that, even if Palestine had not been an independent country in recent history, that doesn't mean that many people lived there and owned homes and lands -- property to which they had a right but which they lost to Jewish migrants who violently forced themselves in the area.
Was God sleeping 2000 years ago, or is He sleeping now?
In all the cases I provided of Israeli withdrawal from territories it controlled, Israel did it without any serious external threat of force that can defeat Israel and take the land back, but as a result of internal calculations that got nothing to do with any master plan of annexations:
Regarding the second part of your comment on the ethnic cleansing you forgot just tiny little thing which is the context - it was a total war and the Palestinians were the one who started it - they rejected to UN partition plan of 1947 (which gave them more land then they can dream to have today)
Most of the Palestinians fled without any help of the Jews in fear of the war and while listening to the calling of their own leader to leave in order not to be in the way of the Arab force who will liberate the country and very quickly they will be able to come back and enjoy the property the Jews left.
Question is on the level of: who was right in WWII, Nazis or allies? The very question is absurd and requires no answer.