“Greater Israel (Hebrew: ארץ ישראל השלמה; Eretz Yisrael Hashlema) is an expression, with several different Biblical and political meanings over time. It is often used, in an irredentist fashion, to refer to the historic or desired borders of Israel.
The Bible contains three geographical definitions of the Land of Israel. The first, found in Genesis 15:18–21, seems to define the land that was given to all of the children of Abraham, including Ishmael, Zimran, Jokshan, Midian, etc. It describes a large territory, “from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates“, comprising all of modern-day Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq, as well as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Oman, Yemen, most of Turkey, and all the land east of the Nile river.”
If Jordan is 70% of Palestine (viz, “the Promised Land“) then what of “Greater Israel?”
Doesn’t this “Jordan is Palestine” slogan conceed the notion that Greater Israel only comprises what was allocated by the Mandate system of the League of Nations? And that 70% (of what became Jordan) is Treaty Lands; or “postponed Jewish territory” under Article 25 of the Mandate For Palestine
As David Ben Gurion said, “we have another map”.
Ex-Prime Minister of Israel Ben–Gurion impressed the following idea on the students: “The map [of Israel – Y. I.] is not the map of our country. We have another map which you students and youngsters in Jewish schools must translate into reality. The Israeli nation must expand its territory from the Euphrates to the Nile.”