The Arab-Israeli Conflict

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The tension between Arabs and Israeli people has been caused by both sides wanting control and power while attempting to prove their superiority over the other. This conflict is a struggle between the Jewish state of Israel and the Arabs of the Middle East. This conflict has included several wars between Israel and certain Arab countries that are opposed to Israel 's existence. The Arab-Israeli tension began prior to the colonization of the British; however the tension grew when the United Kingdom attempted to assisted during World War I. After the war finished the UK left and war broke out between the Arabs and the Jews. Currently the violence between the Arab and Israeli conflicts has had several outbreak of violence resulting from a more…show more content…
In ancient times the area of conflict began as a settlement of Canaanite, and then it was settled by the Philistines (Meyer 1907, p.21). The land that incorporates Israel and the Palestinian territories has been conquered and re-conquered several times throughout history. Starting in the Classical period of 1250 BC, Israelites began to conquer and settle in the land of Canaan which is located near the Gaza strip (BBC 2005, p.1). In 961-922 BC during the reign of King Solomon and the land was divided into two kingdoms; the north and south. Then in 333 BC the conquest by Alexander the Great 's brought the area underneath Greek rule (Meyer 1907, p.21). A revolt in Judea 165 BC established the final independent Jewish state within ancient times. In 63 BC This Jewish state was incorporated into the Roman area of Palestine and in 133 AD Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Jewish people were banished or sold into slavery. In 638 AD Arab Muslims ended Byzantine rule (BBC 2005…show more content…
The next day the armies of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan and Iraq lunched an attack on Israel aiming to destroy the new nation. This was the start the first major Arab-Israeli war (Rowen 2007, p.1). In 1949, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan became known as Jordan and Israel. Israel defeated the Arabs in the war, resulting with Israel to gain most of the land the UN had meant for the Palestinians. Egypt and Jordan occupied the rest of the area that was assigned to the Palestinians (Reich 2014, p.8). Israel gained control of the West Bank, a territory between Israel and the Jordan River. Additionally Israel gained controlled the western half of Jerusalem and eastern half was held by Jordan (USATODAY.com 2001, p.1). Israel incorporated the territory into the new country, which added around 150,000 resentful Arabs to its population (Reich 2014 p.34). By 1949, Israel had signed ceasefire agreements with Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. However peace treaties were not signed because the Arab countries refused to recognize Israel existence. Because of the war, more than 700,000 Palestinians became refugees, resulting with most of them to flee to Jordan or to the Gaza Strip (Vogele 2014
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