The Arab- Israeli Conflict

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The Arab- Israeli Conflict AO1: "What are the main differences between the beliefs and attitudes of the Jews/Israelis and the Arabs/ Palestinians towards the land now called Israel with the Gaza Strip and the West Bank? The Arab- Israeli conflict is one of the most interesting conflicts that have strained relations between the Muslims and the Jews which involves a small but significant piece of land known as Palestine (Israel today). This conflict is not rooted in modern times though, as this section of my coursework will explain. Both groups have extremely strong views on this topic, both historically and religiously important, which has lead to this stalemate between them. Some Historians have said that the Jewish claim to Palestine (the old name for the combined Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza strip) is stronger historically than the Arabs. We need to remember that the Jews first settled in the area of Palestine in groups of Hebrews around 4000 years ago and set up their own kingdom and a beautiful capital city - Jerusalem, but it was cruelly taken away by the Roman Invaders around 63 AD. Despite the Jews rebelling against their new overlords around 64AD they were defeated cruelly by 70AD. Their last stand was made at the ancient fortress built by King Herod - Masada. It shows that the Jewish believe they would rather kill themselves than be slaves to a new nation of rulers. All the main Jewish synagogues were destroyed, including the Temple of Solomon, reduced to rubble with only one wall (the Wailing Wall) remaining. This act of destroying all the evidence of Jewish occupation - and dispelling them to the far end... ... middle of paper ... ...e deal with the Israeli Prime Minister Rabin. No doubt that there would be anger amongst his own side for signing a deal which he had decided in 1974 not to sign any at all. Overall it is important to realise that there are a range of attitudes in each side in the conflict, and will never agree which is the best way to gain all the land from the other sides. They both have moderates who are willing to co-operate with each other to create permanent peace between themselves, yet they will risk assassination attempts by their own side- as in the case of President Nassar of Egypt in 1981, and Prime Minister Rabin in 1995. But whatever the attitudes within the group they will all have the same belief - that they are the ones who should own 100% of the land, as they have historical and religious claims in the conflict.

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