I prefer to follow in the footsteps of earlier interpreters who went out on a limb in claiming that one day Israel would be back in the land as a sovereign nation. At the time they made such predictions it was considered highly implausible, even laughable. Yet these interpreters believed what a straight-forward interpretation of passages in the OT seemed to indicate.
Look at the situation now, ever since 1948! In hindsight it seems simple to believe now, but at the time these who held to such an interpretation
were in the minority because it was still over the horizon. Yet they had faith in what the text said
and also the necessity of taking the text at face value.