The attacks on the World Trade Center leads back to many problems with our foreign relations. Our foreign relations policies have been recently getting a lot of countries angry and frustrated, the major problem being that we interfered with Palestinian and Israeli conflicts by offering war support to Israel. Aiding one side or another is a very tricky business, especially when it involves a religious war. We should have just offered support to try bringing the two countries to peace, not military support. Amazingly, the policy of helping Israel still continues, building settlements on what everyone knew was Palestinian land and selling weapons to Israel.
Arab Refugee Crisis During the Israeli War of Independence in 1948 an Arab refugee crisis began, and there is still not a clear answer of what caused it. As inhabitants of Israel Arabs were greatly affected by the establishment of a Jewish State, because their home was governed by others. Nonetheless, the Palestinian Arabs contributed in the making of the refugee crisis. The Arabs were given the choice of becoming equal citizens of Israel and refused. The United Nations came up with Partition Plan for Palestine, but it was rejected.
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.
After Britain backed down with angry Jews, the UN stepped in to attempt to control the situation with a compromise. They introduced a Palestine partition to keep peace. In my opinion this was a very naive action because previous events had shown that many Arabs and Israelis had an 'all or nothing' view on the conflict and were not willing to compromise. Predictably, the division didn't work because the Jews provocatively called their part of the division Israel. Because of this the Arabs attacked but were defeated and the Jews ended up gaining more land and many Palestinian refugees.
The sad fact is that during the time when humanity needed our help the most we let red tape, fear and greed keep us from helping. Wyman suggests many options that were available to help that would not have harmed our military effort yet we refused to try. We are now stuck with this burden of not knowing. Unfortunately they were not American nor were they British. Even worse they were not only foreigners but also Jews.
According to the logic of the first sura (which is being quoted many times a day in prayers) the Jews should always live without a country of their own and they should always keep the state of diaspora. However, the reality is different. In 1948 the state of Israel was founded. The stage of seeking jewish identity ended. In my opinion the mere foundation of the state of Izrael puts the islamic holy book, Qur'an, in doubt.
He suggested to Mohamed Abbas a convergence plan which centered around the idea that the Israeli people would be forced out of the West Bank which is an are... ... middle of paper ... ...m. A part of the problem today in this conflict is the people not willing to change or go along with what their leaders enforce and their ideas. There have been many acts of aggression from the Jews themselves because they didn’t feel Palestine’s should receive land. Civil disobedience and acting out is a cause to making the conflict last longer. Overall, Olmert as a prime minister was successful in being consistent in using negotiations to try to create peace even though long term peace was never gained. He worked hard to come up with plans and agreements, and met with different important figures in the world regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israel and its Arab neighbors had signed armistice agreements, but these agreements did not bring forward any peace in the area. For example Tessler states “The arabs refused to accept the political consequences of their defeat in the 1947-48 War” (Tessler 283.) In addition, after the war ended, the Arab League planned an economic boycott against Israel, closed the borders between their states and Israel, and closed off most communication with the new Jewish state. These economic sanctions by the Arab nations had little effect on the Jewish state as the coun... ... middle of paper ... ... position towards the other. To conclude, throughout the five wars beginning with the War of Independence and ending with the Yom Kippur War the Arab nations generally felt hostile in their position towards Israel.
For years the Arabs have also been asking for a Palest... ... middle of paper ... ...ed as negative peace where there is public order and security but the internal conflict remains. Positive peace, where there is an absence of the structural causes of war that produce harmonious social relations, almost seems to be an impossible goal for the Israelis and Palestinians who seem to be born with a hatred for one another. If countries such as the US would be more objective the possibility of peace may become a reality. However, this prospect seems dim when you look at the biased way our media presents the war. Articles are filled with stereotypes and distorted views regarding the Palestinians.
They were looking for a place where they could start over and be safe. Once Britain realized that this was going to be a bigger problem than they had expected they turned to the United Nations for help. The UN divide Palestine in two giving the jewish people their own land as well as the Arabs. The Arabs had every right to be upset because they suddenly had to divide their land. However, they believed that this was Israel’s fault when in fact this was caused by the nazi party and the holocaust.