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n. Not just the state of Israel but the physical place.
"The entire Eastern Roman Empire used Greek in countries including present day Lebanon, Turkey, the land of Israel, etc." (a Jewish history professor in his first lecture to USC Jewish history class)
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Land of Israel, land of Israel
The phrase is sometimes used in contrast with the political state, cf. Heb ארץ ישראל erets yisrael 'the land of Israel', מדינת ישראל medinat yisrael 'the modern Israeli state'
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