Posted on 10 December 2010.
Currently, Palestine is known as a geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Since Biblical times, inhabitants have been ruled by the Ottomans, European Crusaders, Egyptians, and the British. In 1947, the region was broken up into Arab and Jewish states. In the resulting conflict, the Jewish Agency declared the independent nation of Israel in 1948. Currently, the Fatah represents the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority represents the West Bank as non-member observers at the UN. Should this group of about 4 million people be recognized as their own nation? What factors prevent this and why?
Posted in International Affairs
Posted on 05 December 2010.
The Gaza conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip began in the winter of 2008 and lasted for three weeks. During those three weeks, Israel shot bombs and invaded Gaza, destroying government buildings, police stations, military targets, and endangering and killing people living in the Strip. The conflict ended with a ceasefire by Israel who withdrew by January 21, 2009. However, during the conflict, or what some consider a massacre as more than 1000 Palestinians were killed compared to Israel’s 100-some, there was also an embargo placed on the Gaza Strip. Everyday common goods were no longer allowed to be imported into Gaza, only humanitarian aid which could barely cover what the people living in Gaza were used to. Power plants were forced to close down as they did not have fuel to continue running, jobs were scarce, and relocation was common. The jobs that were available were also known as “death jobs” as Israeli militants were not afraid to shoot the Palestinians on the grounds that the people, who were merely looking for scrap metal through the rubble of destroyed buildings, could easily be hiding a weapon and turn against the Israeli soldiers. However, the embargo was necessary for Israel to make sure no country was sending Gaza weapons and other goods that would make the conflict last longer. Fortunately the embargo did not last long enough to make lasting damage. If anything, the conflict itself was the worst situation to be in, not the embargo alone.
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Posted on 02 December 2010.
The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has been a constant for longer than any of us can remember. While a two-state solution is now the popular idea, Palestinian and Israeli leaders have not made such an agreement and current peace talks are not regarded as promising, especially in light of Israel’s renewed settlement-building. Some believe that Jews have the right to establish in the area as Israel is the historical “homeland” of Jewish people, who have lived there since biblical times, while others point to the way the Palestinians were removed to make room for the current incarnation of Israel as proof of its illegitimacy. Various solutions have been proposed and intensive negotiations undertaken, but some people believe that peace is impossible because of the lasting distrust and conflicts over land and water between Israelis and Palestinians.
• Israel and Palestine have been trying to solve this conflict for decades; the fact that they have not solved it yet makes a compromise seem unlikely
• Though people in both Israel and Palestine believe in a two state solution, many Palestinians and Israelites think the region is solely their own and boundaries for a two state proposal are disputed
• A solution has not been agreed on globally because of the complexity of the situation
• The Arab Peace Initiative and Taba Summit were crucial steps to peace and further peace projects will eventually lead to a viable compromise
• A majority of Palestinians and Israelites believe in the solution of a two state proposal
• There is international interest in resolving the problem fairly
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