The fear, suspicion and hatred between the Palestinians and the
Israelis are present because of many causes, both short term and long
term. Both the Israelis and the Palestinians believe they have cause
to hate each other.
One of the earliest long-term events that contribute to the current
hostility is the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948-9. The Deir Yassin
massacre was caused by Operation Dalet, which was launched by the
Haganah, in an attempt to split the Arab states by capturing villages
in between Jaffa and Jerusalem. In the massacre at Deir Yassin, 250
civilians were killed, consisting of men, women and children. This
massacre started the Palestinian refugee problem, which still exists
now. Evidence suggests that the exodus was caused by panic attacks.
Menachim Begin, leader of the Irgun which carried out the massacre
described how the "Arabs throughout the country, induced to believe
wild tales of 'Irgun butchery', were seized with limitless panic and
started to flee"(Conflict in Palestine Textbook). Many accounts state
that panic caused by the massacre spread throughout Palestine. An
Israeli writing in 1964 described the situation;
"An uncontrolled panic spread through all Arab quarters, the Israelis
brought up jeeps with loudspeakers which broadcast recorded 'horror
sounds'." (Conflict in Palestine Textbook)
700,000 Palestinians moved to refugee camps; 70,000 in Jordan, 75,000
in Syria, 280,000 in The West Bank, 190,000 in The Gaza Strip and
100,000 in Lebanon. Many of these refugee camps still exist today. The
Palestinians were determined to return home to what was now Israel...
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toward Sharon was increased because of the 'massacre' at Jenin. At
that time, Sharon was the Prime Minister. In 1982, he had been the
Defence Minister when the Sabre-Chatila massacre had taken place.
These two incidents also increased the Palestinians' distrust of him.
The actual number of those massacred in both cases is still unclear,
but at the Jenin massacre, a UN investigative team was not allowed
access by the Israelis. This made the whole incident even more
suspicious. All these points helped to fuel the fear, hatred and
suspicion of the Israelis against the Palestinians and vice versa.
These views are, and still will be, passed from one generation to the
next, and until these views can be at least overcome, if not
completely erased, no amount of peace treaties will remedy this
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