Arab-Israel Conflict

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Israel in the Middle East
The Arab-Israeli Wars were caused by the emergence of nationalism in the Middle East; imperialism in the Middle East had taken its leave and the Ottoman Empire had long fallen. A variety of Arab nations had begun to form, defining themselves by borders and national symbols. The conflict ,which began as a widespread issue over the territory once controlled by the powerful Ottoman Empire , eventually became a regional conflict between Israel and Palestine. The Israelis and the Palestinians formed their base of nationalism on the denial of the other. Each group denied the existence over the other and so ensued the struggle over controlling the same territory. Although the Arab-Israeli Wars brought drastic changes to the Arab nations by dispelling the idea of Arab unity, it had the most significant effect on Israel , because it turned Israel into a powerful nation and a force to be reckoned with by the surrounding Arab nations in the Middle East.
Before the war of 1967, Israel was a small territory surrounded by members of the Arab League who backed the destroyed country of Palestine. These Arab nations did not recognize Israel as a nation in the Middle East , because they did not believe that Zionism could be used as nationalist movement . They saw the Zionists as Europeans and members of the Western world who were not Arab and did not have attachment to the territory. This issue cause tension between Israel and the other Arab nations . The Palestinians encouraged the other Arab countries to rage war on Israel , because they feared that the state of Israel would become permanent without a change in the political geography . The Egyptian Nassar found himself with a conundrum. As th...

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...ed the myth of Israel’s invincibility, they did not succeed in defeating Israel. The fact that Israel was still a state at the end of the war shows that the Arab leaders failed in completing what they set out to do which was to defeat Israel and take back the land as Arab land.
The Arab-Israeli drastically changed the political landscape of the Middle East. The area, once joined together through the idea of Arab unity, was now adjusting to the presence of the outsider nation-state, Israel. The war , although ending in a military stalemate, validated Israel and its peoples presence in the Middle East . It was not fully recognized by every Arab nation in the Middle East , but the Arab-Israeli Wars played a huge historical role in legitimizing the emerging nation state of Israel and the national phenomenon of Zionism. War instilled an attitude of defeat among the Arabs
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