The Conflict Between Israel and Palestine

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The conflict between Israel and Palestine has tight roots in history, stretching thousands of years back to when the Israelites first forged their way into the land, then known as Canaan. It came to its peak in 1948, the year Israel declared its independence (Beinin). Ever since then, the volatile area of Palestine has become a battle ground for war, terrorism, and politics. The two nations have attempted to make agreements, but so far, none of them have succeeded in creating long-lasting peace. Since it is unlikely that neither Israel nor Palestine would completely give up their land to the other nation, a compromise needs to be forged between the two. The conflict between Israel and Palestine cannot stop unless Israel lifts the trading restrictions in the Gaza Strip, ends the occupation and settlement of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, and— along with Palestine— recognizes the other nation’s sovereignty. The first step in ending this centuries-long conflict is for Israel to lift unnecessary restrictions in the Gaza Strip. Even though Israel officially lifted their occupation on the Gaza Strip in 2005, they still control the borders, and living conditions continue to be low. This Arab territory is only 25 miles long and 10 miles wide, yet is home to almost 1.6 million people. (Life) Comparatively, it is only twice the size of Washington D.C. (Middle). The unemployment rate is high, ranging from 30 to 58 percent depending on one’s age group. There is also a high dependency rate in Gaza, since over half of the population is under eighteen years old. Most Palestinians living in Gaza aren’t able to earn enough money to buy food for their family, and rely on aid from the UN that supplies them with rice and flour. (Life) ... ... middle of paper ... ...f their countries finding a two-state solution. (Gravé-Lazi) While this is in no way a guarantee of Israel and Palestine declaring the other nation’s sovereignty, it is a step. If Israel and Palestine recognize each other’s ability to operate as separate nation-states, and come to an agreement on lifting the Israeli occupation and trading restrictions, peace may finally fall in the region. Even though both nations have gone through economic hardships, occupations, and war, recent events have shown that peace is possible. Right now, a new generation is growing up, preparing to take their place in the world. If peace in Palestine and Israel is to happen, it will lie in their hands. And one day far in the future, perhaps their descendants will teach their children about the centuries long conflict, and how it was resolved with a handshake and a fair resolution.
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