Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Israel and Palestinian government have been fighting for years.  As fighting had lead to many deaths on both sides. The rest of the world has been trying to push for peace, while the two country has continue to push for winning. This has cause for the lost of many innocent civilians. As on the outside it looks like the Palestinian are the victim, there Palestinian leader Hamas has done nothing to stop his people from being killed.He does not warn them of any attacks, and lets his own people be the victim instead of protecting them.

As peace has been a goal, both sides view that fighting for there cause is more important then their lives of there citizen. They are willing to risking it all in order to secure there way of life. Both sides has been in negations, but has still been unable to reach peace. In recent Egypt has been ask to mediate the meeting, and try to help both sides reach peace.  Egypt is one of the Arab countries that has a current peace agreement with Israel and hope that it can help Palestinian-Israel get peace.  So far the negotiation has unable to gain traction, and has been push off till October.

Peace could be coming soon in another way.  As the United Nation Security Council will lead negotiation and trying reach peace between the two nation is the only goal.  Abbas the Palestinian leader has said “Making peace will give added legitimacy to the fight against terrorism in the region,”
This conflict has been an issue for many years.  As Israel has always had a problem with keeping peace.  They are surrounded by countries who look for war. Israel a main ally of the Untied States. This means peace for Israel is important for the U.S as it could help avoid another war for the US in the middle east area.  For all US citizen peace should be a goal that we all want to achieve. Israel and Palestine peace would be better for the world

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7 thoughts on “Israeli–Palestinian conflict

  1. I think a very important factor that you must keep in mind is the fact that the goings-on of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank have been under the control of two different government entities Hamas and the Palestinian Authority respectively. (Though they did form a unity government before the conflict this summer began which had various repercussions to how negotiations could be conducted). And though you did fairly point out that Hamas recognizes the benefit in their casualty rates and the sympathy this garners in the global media I am confused by your comment that Israel has always had a problem keeping peace. Could you clarify this please?

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  2. Israel and Palestine have been conflicting since the conception of Israel, and it appears that tensions will not go away for quite some time because both sides want something quite different for the most part. The escalation of conflict earlier this year was troubling, and there will likely be more conflicts to come in the future.

    Also, just some constructive criticism, your grammar was a bit off in quite a few places in this post.

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  3. When dealing with complex and long-term disputes or topics in general, it is usually helpful to think about smaller, more specific questions in order to get discussions started. Two questions you may want to ask in light of our recent (and upcoming) discussions in the classroom:

    What are some current specific objectives or goals that the Israeli government and the Palestinian authorities and/or Hamas are negotiating about? And what difficulties have they encountered (recently or in the past) in negotiating a lasting solution?

    Since you mention Egypt and the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, it would be worthwhile to explore why that treaty was negotiated successfully and why it has lasted until today.

    These could be topics for future blog posts.

    On a side note, please consult the news sources listed on my website first.

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  4. I think the reason why it is so hard for them to negotiate a solution in this case is because it is, as we spoke about in class, hard to divide their issues. They are not only fighting for territory, in their minds they are also fighting for their right to exist as a nation and a state. The US and the west is on Israel´s side and are not going to leave them, while the Palestinians and many countries in the Middle East refuse to accept them. Also the territories they do fight for have a lot of sentimental and religious value, something that is hard do divide up in pieces. Jerusalem for example is not just something any one of them are gonna give up on. I also wonder what you mean when you wrote that Isreal always had a hard time keeping peace, you don´t find Palestine as bad at keeping peace as Israel?

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  5. Unfortunately in this case, the indivisible issue for both states is the existence of a sovereign Palestinian state. Currently Palestine is occupied by Israel, and it is difficult to consider it a country based on the standards of sovereignty. For Israel, the nation that holds all the cards, how to handle a Palestinian state is an extremely vexing concern. If it were to allow Palestine to be independent, then it would essentially be creating a hostile neighbor at its doorstep. Palestine would be a staging area for Israel’s enemies. On the other hand, if Israel were to annex Palestine and make it a part of Israel, that would see a fundamental shift of power in the country. Israel is a democracy, but there are more Palestinians than Jews in the region. To allow Palestine to become a part of Israel would be to hand the reigns of power over to those whom the Jews have never gotten along with particularly well. When put in that context, the entire conflict is a lot harder to solve, and there isn’t a clean and easy solution.

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    • You should be aware that some of the terminology and facts that you’re using in this post are questionable. Yes Israel and the Palestinians have their hands tied over the issue of sovereignty in what was formerly less than half of the British Mandate of Palestine (the larger half being Jordan). This does not have to do with the the so-called occupation of Palestine because as you mentioned there is not and has never been a sovereign Palestinian Nation-state in this region. A sovereign state can only be considered an occupier if they impose their will on another sovereign nation and since Palestinians have not yet achieved national independence this make the use of occupied territories rather than disputed territories incorrect. Also you may want to check your facts on the demography of the region. Though in some years the Palestinian population may grow to outnumber the Jewish-Israeli population if Israel were to annex the West Bank, it does not as this would include the combined Palestinian-Arab populations in Israel and in the West Bank. (In Israel, the Israeli-Arabs make up about 20% of the population.)

      Just to quickly respond to your statement as a whole, I would argue that Israel does not hold all the cards regarding Palestinian nationhood or annexation. If this were the case and Israel could make a unilateral decision regarding the lives of all these people it would have been far more prudent to do so after the Six Day War in 1967 when they first gained authority over the Gaza Strip and the West Bank from Egypt and Jordan respectively. A unilateral move in either direction would have been far smoother than undergoing negotiations with any governing bodies that exist today. Furthermore your comment that: “To allow Palestine to become a part of Israel would be to hand the reigns of power over to those whom the Jews have never gotten along with particularly well…” I think you meant “to become independent” rather than “to become a part of Israel” here but can you clarify your statement please?

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