I admit that some people may find what I'm now going to say rather "sacrilegious," but I feel it must be said.
In this week's Parshat Shavua, Weekly Torah Portion, Chayei Sarah, we read of the Matriarch Sarah's death and that Abraham, her husband goes to great lengths to buy a specific piece of Land in Hebron with a burial cave, now known as Ma'arat HaMachpela.
Genesis Chapter 23 בְּרֵאשִׁיתNow please think about it. There are three places in the Land of Israel that were bought by Jewish Leaders in Biblical times. It's all in the Bible. They are that piece of land in Hebron, Har Habayit (the Temple Mount,) and Shechem. I remember going to a shiur, class, a few years ago that brought up the subject that davka those three places which were legally, according to the laws of man, were repurchased by Jews. But davka, those three places are most contested.
If the purchase had been the correct thing to do, then those locations would be recognized as Jewish owned over the millennium to this very day. The fact that no other religion or people take those purchases seriously, including the Christians who "swear on the Bible" makes me wonder about the wisdom of paying people for our Land.
Davka, it was Abraham who had followed G-d's instructions in Lech Lecha to go the Land G-d would show him, which G-d would give to him and all his descendants. G-d is the true owner of all of the Land and all of the earth. By making such a point to buy the piece of land to bury Sarah there, and getting permission from a human being for this denies G-d's ultimate ownership.
We're still making the same mistakes. Our Israeli courts are making it more difficult for Jews to prove Land ownership than for Arabs. That is what's behind the Givat Asaf and Migron problems and various other plots of land and buildings in Jerusalem, Hebron and other locations.
We still haven't fully accepted G-d's Lech Lecha challenge. G-d has given the Land to us, and we do not need the approval or purchase receipt from humans.