The Current Situation In Israel And Palestine
Israel is in a situation unlike any other country around the world.
Israel has been fighting for its survival since it became a country in 1948. It
is surrounded by hostile nations that want to destroy or at least diminish it.
There is tremendous tension between the Palestine Liberation Members and Israeli
officials and citizens. There have been peaceful rallies and bloody bus
bombings. People in Israel today are unsure about preceding with peace
negotiations or standing firm in stopping present day terrorist activities.
Protests, shouting matches, and violent disputes between Israelis are common
occurrences. No one person, the college professor, the taxi driver, or the
merchant is sure that their solution to these life and death problems are the
On Friday, May 14, 1948, after much deliberation the modern state of
Israel was voted into existence by the United Nations. Finally the Jews around
the world had a country to call their own. Unfortunately, the road ahead of
them was not an easy or peaceful one.
There are many organizations that have dedicated their existence to
destroying the people and country of Israel. The leader in this battle against
Israel is Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement. Hamas uses many tactics to
achieve its goals of terrorism. These tactics include intensive
educational/propaganda programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip areas. Suicide
bombings, riots, rock throwing, car bombings, stonings, and many other
destructive terrorist activities are also used periodically to gain news
attention to their radical fundamentalist beliefs. Since its formation in
1988 Hamas has vowed to do anything possible to halt the peace process which
they feel is unfair to Palestinians and other Arabs. The group is not condoned
by the Palestine Liberation Organization, yet very little concrete action has
been taken to stop this group. The philosophy of Jihad, or holy war, is the
basis for Moslem actions to obliterate all Jews from this area.
To the contrary, there are many Israeli organizations that have
dedicated their existence to preserving Israel and never letting it be conquered.
On the surface, the reas...
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11) Deborah Horan, PALESTINE: HAMAS CEASEFIRE IN DOUBT AFTER KILLING
OF BOMBMAKER, Inter Press Service English News Wire, 9 Jan 1996.
12) William Kazer, Chronology of Arab-Israeli peace moves, Reuters, 10 Mar 1996.
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14) Paul Moses, U.S. Acts to Oust Hamas Leader, ALL Ed., Newsday, 9 Aug 1995,
15) Cynthia Mann, U.S. Jews back peace process, worry about PLO, survey shows,
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16) SCOTT KRAFT, Joint Israeli-Palestinian Raids Target Militants; Mideast:
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17) Simon Kwong, Israel arrests 24 West Bank Arabs in Hamas crackdown, Reuters,
14 Mar 1996.
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