I deliberately put this here rather than on the Judaism section because I would like to get everyone's thoughts, but I understand if the moderators want to move it. This quote is from the "Pulling out of Gaza" thread: This is actually something Ive wondered about for a long time. What happened to the other peoples who lived in that land before and how did the Jews remain a single people with a common identity for so many thousands of years without a land. Throughout history, there must have been thousands of little kingdoms which have been destroyed, enslaved or assimilated into the population of other, larger kingdoms. Isnt that how today's countries were made? Yet the only people who have lost their land and continued on as a single, identifiable people are the Jews. So I am wondering if anyone has any theories on how the Jews managed to achieve this and why no one else did?