The Effect of Outside Powers on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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The Effect of Outside Powers on the Arab-Israeli Conflict The tension in the Middle East is a constant problem; originating from both historical and religious claims to the area. It is strengthened, as both parties have convinced themselves that they are right, and are victims of the other side. Furthermore, it has been fuelled by the involvement of the Western powers, as well as the stubbornness of the Middle Eastern powers, not wanting to go the peace talks with the political incentive to resolve the problems at hand. As the Middle East is valuable for oil, and trading access (such as the Suez Canal), outside powers only seem to have their own interests at heart; since they are so dependant on these factors. A significant involvement, with the superpowers in 1948, is seen in the American recognition of the new state of Israel. This involvement, would have many motives, the US wanted to have an ally, in the area, in order to be able to have a source of oil, and trade route, with the Middle East. The involvement will also lead to the area becoming an extension of the Cold war, where the outside powers help arm either side, pushing them towards peace from war, rather than peace from negotiations. The US decided to back Israel, due to the massive Jewish lobby in America; again showing their own self-interests, rather than trying to find an ideal solution. Once communism collapsed, and so the Russian influence in the Middle Easr faded, the US no longer had to support Israel to maintain its influence; in doing so the Arabs began a surge of attacks against the Israelis, pushing them further from the peace talks. 1948 saw some dra... ... middle of paper ... ...rorism, showing how easily it is to start off violence, even though both sides are seen to have come to a political end. Due to the initial involvement of the outside powers, peace through negotiation I feel is now impossible. The Israelis believe that they can win through fighting, so they do not have the political will, during the peace talks. Similarly with the Arabs, as no one seemed to be consistently backing them, no peace talks were seen to represent them fairly. Also, by trying to stick to the so-called 'Road Map to peace' the outside powers have only arose suspicion from the Arab side, again making it near impossible to create a solution. Peace talks were impossible as they constantly avoided the initial problem of land; until this is done so, and supported by an unbiased power, peace will never be achieved.

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