The creation of the Zionist entity has been based on what is described as the divine concept of the Promised Land. Interpreting the book of Genesis (17:7 - 9) of the Old Testament, Zionists say the land of Canaan forever belongs to the Jewish people.
"And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."
"And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations."
These verses provide, in their opinion, the primary basis for the Promised Land concept. But this is not the view of all Jews. Many Orthodox Jews and groups such as the Neturei Karta object to the Zionist interpretation and state that the "covenant" was based solely upon the people's obedience to the Will of God.