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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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maribel landin-jaimes

on 16 April 2010

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Transcript of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict When and why did the Arab-Israeli crisis begin? What is the core of the ongoing conflict between the Arabs and the Israelis? Which areas of land are in dispute? Based on your research, whom do you view as the rightful owners of the land in question? What are the basic arguments each group has regarding resolving the conflict? What concessions does each side expect of the others? The Arab-Israeli crisis began thousands of years ago when Palestinians had religious wars between themselves and Israeli neighbors. As years went on, tensions grew as well as the amount of reasons for causing this major conflict to grow. Beginning in 1922, large numbers of Jewish people migrated to Palestine, pursuant to the Balfour Declaration, after the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War 1. This migration continued for the rest of the decade and accelerated in the 1930s and 1940s. As any country would be, Palestine grew angry due to the vast amount of Jewish people migrating to their homeland, even more so because most of Palestine was Muslim. In 1937, many Palestinians rebelled, calling for an independent nation, just like their neighbors were granted.
Great Britain tried to find a way to satisfy both sides but gave up and, after the end of World War II, turned the problem over to the newly formed United Nations. The U.N. proposed side-by-side Israeli and Palestinian states making Jerusalem a part of each. Because of the Holocaust, Jews migrated to the area by the thousands and later on, Israel proclaimed its independence in 1948. When Israel proclaimed its independence, they occupied three-quarters of the Palestinian state, including part of Jerusalem. Israel occupying this region outraged the Palestinian natives since it was their land for thousands of years, flaring the crisis to the point it is still in effect today.
The state of Palestine was divided into three regions, establishing the nation of Israel, resulting in two separate homelands for the Arab and Jewish people, and forming a region known as the Gaza Strip.
The Middle East area; Israel, Gaza Strip, and West Bank are all in dispute for Palestine. Based on the research the Palestinians are the rightful owners of the land because the Palestinians were there with the Jewish people, in ancient times. But when the Jewish people left their “home” to go elsewhere, they left and abandoned their “home.” Then Zionism was created, and the Jewish people wanted to come back to what they left behind. According to the Palestinians, the founder of Zionism, Theodore Herzl, talked about “people without a land” looking for “a land without a people” what he didn’t realize is that Palestine already had a people.
A key starting point for understanding these views is an awareness of the differing objectives sought by advocates of the Palestinian cause. The demand for the Right of Return by descendants of Palestinian refugees to Israel has remained a cornerstone of the Palestinian view and has been repeatedly enunciated by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas who is leading the Palestinian peace effort.
Palestinian views of the peace process Israeli views of the peace process Do not trust Palestinian leadership to maintain control. A possible peace solution by Israeli leadership. A common theme throughout the peace process has been a feeling that the Palestinians ask for too much in their peace demands and offer little in return. Major current issues between the two sides Strong emotions relating to the conflict on both sides
Palestinian concerns over Israeli settlements and land.
Status of Jerusalem
Israeli security concerns over terrorism, safe borders, incitements, violence.
Palestinian refugee issues
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