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Israel vs. Palestine

Why would the Palestinians attack Israel? My question is, why now? Why didn’t they as far back as 1947? Well, they’ve been mostly peacefully resisting. Until now. I have deep sympathies for the European Jews for what they suffered at the hands of the Nazi’s during World War II.

Before 1947, the territory that is now Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip was known as Palestine and was under British mandate following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. This region had a predominantly Arab population, including Muslim and Christian communities, and a smaller Jewish minority. Tensions between the Jewish immigrants and the Arab Palestinians were increasing due to competing religion-based nationalist aspirations, with both communities vying for control over the land. The situation was further complicated by British rule, as they struggled to manage the growing tensions in the region. The status of Palestine before 1947 was marked by political unrest and competing claims to the territory.

Here are some key moments in Palestinian history:

  1. Ancient Roots: Palestinians have a long history dating back thousands of years, with significant contributions to ancient civilisations, including the Canaanites and Philistines.
  2. Ottoman Rule: From the early 16th century until World War I, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire.
  3. British Mandate: After World War I, Palestine came under British mandate. Tensions between Jewish immigrants and Arab Palestinians grew during this period.
  4. United Nations Partition Plan (1947): The UN approved a plan to partition Palestine into separate Jewish (religious) and Arab (religion-non-specific) states, with Jerusalem as an international city. This plan was accepted by Jewish leaders but rejected by Arab leaders.
  5. 1948 Arab-Israeli War: Following the declaration of the State of Israel, neighbouring Arab states invaded, resulting in the first Arab-Israeli war. This led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs.
  6. Nakba (1948): The Nakba, or “catastrophe,” refers to the displacement and dispossession of Palestinians during and after the 1948 war.
  7. 1967 Six-Day War: Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War led to the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and other territories, marking a significant turning point in the conflict.
  8. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO): Established in 1964, the PLO became a key representative of Palestinian nationalism and pursued both political and armed resistance against Israeli occupation.
  9. Oslo Accords (1993): A series of agreements between Israel and the PLO aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These agreements established the Palestinian Authority and a framework for a future Palestinian state.
  10. Second Intifada (2000-2005): A period of intensified Palestinian-Israeli violence and conflict, marked by suicide bombings, incursions, and extensive Israeli military operations.
  11. Hamas Takeover of Gaza (2007): Following elections and political infighting, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, leading to a division between Gaza and the West Bank.
  12. Statehood Recognition (2012): The United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine non-member observer state status in 2012, a symbolic move.
  13. Gaza Wars: Several conflicts, including the Gaza War (2008-2009), Operation Pillar of Defence (2012), and Operation Protective Edge (2014), have taken place in Gaza, resulting in significant casualties and destruction.
  14. Peace Process Challenges: Ongoing attempts to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians have faced numerous challenges, including issues of borders, refugees, security, and Jerusalem.
  15. Recent Developments: Recent years have seen tensions, violence, and protests, particularly in East Jerusalem. There have been efforts to revive peace talks, but the conflict remains unresolved.

In short, the state of Israel was given territory, but it has, since 1948, encroached and has taken more and more of the Palestinian territory through military force. They’ve attacked and committed atrocities against the Palestinians. This is basically committing genocide against the Palestinian people. It’s unfortunate the Israeli Jews who fled genocide in Europe, are committing the same offence against Palestinians.

So, of course the Palestinian people, under such immense pressure, are going to respond. They’re view is probably fighting back is their last option. They’ve tried everything else, but Israel has not given any territory back, and life is getting worse. They probably feel like they’re on an extinction trajectory, so trying something different is better than all the failed processes they’ve tried thus far.

Above: The 1947 United Nations approved borders: green is Israel, blue areas are for Palestine, red is the shared city of Jerusalem.

What is the solution? There’s obviously going to be no assimilation or political/societal truce. Probably the best compromise is going to be geographic: for Israel to agree to withdraw back to their 1947 United Nations granted territory, and for Palestine be recognised by the UN. How likely is this going to be? Is there a better solution that does not include genocide?

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