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Spring 2017 – Matthew Unangst Latinno Mulitauaopele

Israel and Palestine Conflict – Final Paper

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Israel and Palestine Conflict

On July of 2014, Muhammad Wasqas writes about the continuing conflict between the two countries, Pakistan and Israel. Apparently Israel had something to do with attacks in the Gaza Strip, an area that is owned by Pakistan. This not only anger them but they are fed so up that they continue to express their anger through the use of social media to show how horrible the country, Israel, is to them. The newspaper article also says that Pakistan “does not recognize the existence of Israel as a state” [1]. It seems that Pakistan wants to retaliate and fight back so that Israel can pay for their crimes but unfortunately for them they can’t because of certain foreign policy. Another reason is that if they were to do something about it, it would complicate their relationship with the U.S. so fighting back wouldn’t be the smart move. Pakistan is in a tough corner but they plan on staying peaceful for the sake of their country in the future. The middle east is home of the Arabian people and history has shown the problems that they have encounter through the course of time. Specifically the area in between Jordan and Egypt. The Palestine people are apparently fed up with the Israel people because of all the danger and conflicts that they brought to the country. Palestine and Israel have been at each others’ throats to this very day but this is not because of no reason. In this paper I will prove how World War II is one of the main reason why these two countries are in conflict with one another and how it impacts the world today.

It is fair to share the history on what happened before there were problems. Adolf Hitler caused many Jewish people’s death just because of ridiculous beliefs and accusations brought upon their community. In the book Mein Kampf, he states that “one ought to realize that….Nature may bring into existence ten thousand such despoilers who act as the worst kind of germ carriers, in poisoning human souls. It was a terrible thought, and yet it could not be avoided, that the greater number of the Jews seemed specially destined by Nature to play this part” [7]. It is a nightmare to know that people actually believed in this that cause mass extinction to many innocent lives back then.

Figure 1: Jews being selected by Nazis. Sending them to gas chambers

Fast forward to 1945, World War II was ending and the Germans had finally surrender and the terror of Nazis had ended. With all the Jewish men and women and their kids free from what seem to be an nightmare that wouldn’t end; they needed a place to go to. They decided to set their eyes to small areas in the country of Palestine and call it Israel. They believed that Israel will now be “the symbol of survival of Judaism and Jewry” [3]. The country of Palestine had no problem with them having some territory but the Jews didn’t like that it was so small and so they decided to look for more territories. Zionism played a huge role into this because the Jews created this movement so they can expand their culture and land [3]. This is where things get ugly and conflict starts to arise.

With the search for new territory to expand the small country of Israel, they basically had no where to go. The only logical country to expand from was Palestine. They had a bigger country compared to Israel and the people of Palestine did not expect that a mass number of Jews would emigrate over to Palestine and this is what made many people mad. The Jewish people could deny that it wasn’t their intention to take over the country of Palestine but before the October War, a man named Yehoshofat Harkabi revealed the truth behind the take over of Palestine. He stated that “because we took the land, this gives us the image of being bad, of being aggressive. The Jews always considered that the land belonged to them, but in fact it belonged to the Arabs….But our attachment to this land is too powerful. The big problem, then is not to start at the beginning but to find out where do we go from here?” [3]. The United States is allied with Israel and believed that the Arabian people are just attacking Israel because they can but the real victim here is the people of Palestine and their country is getting taken over by the Jews.

Figure 2: Palestine’s loss of land to Israel

The increase of land and territory is not the only reason why Israel is taking over Palestine. There are some religious aspects that tie into this conflict. Judaism and bitter religious rivalries of the Arab population have been fighting against each other because of disagreements on certain views [4]. There are also problems with both countries politics and economics because of corruption so with that being said, nothing was getting fixed. The tension between Palestine and Israel has increased throughout the years and with nothing being solved. There were many wars that happened during the fight for territory between the Arabian nations but the one war that stands out the most would be the October war in 1973.

The emigration of Israel to Palestine was getting out of hand that Israel crossed the line and took territories from other near by countries so something had to be done to keep Israel in check. David R. Morse writes about the history of this war and the affects it had on all countries that were involved. This war was also known as the Yom Kippur war because Yom Kippur is known as a holy day for Judaism and a surprise attack from Arabian coalition on that day set everything off [5]. The war included Egypt and Syria and they planned to attack Israel in order to retrieve territory that Israel took from them. Many other Arab nations joined in the war to fight Israel but the United States supported Israel because they were allied with them before this whole conflict started [5]. The war was brutal and many people died. The country that had the most casualties from this war would be Israel because they were not prepared for this war. The help of the United States definitely made an impact because Israel ended up winning in April 1974. [5].

Israel and Palestine conflict was talked about in a newspaper article that dates back to March 17, 1978. In the article they talk about the invasion from Israel to the Middle East “to move in against the Palestinian guerrillas” [6]. When reading this, the author was writing to an audience that may know little about what’s happening overseas between these two’s countries, Israel and Palestine, or people with a neutral opinion because he or she is stating that Israel was wrong to invade them but then again Israel says that they “had a right to strike back with blood for blood” [6]. It is hard to choose a side between them because they both attacked each other through war and violence so no one is right but the purpose of this was to show that Israel isn’t the “bad guy” in this conflict.

Figure 3: Military movement/battles during the Yom Kippur War

This article was written in 1978, so this was years after the Yom Kippur War in 1973 but even then it shows that there is still a problem going on with these two countries. The author could’ve been a middle-class working white male that had some knowledge on the war between these two countries. So he is writing to the United States of America who have no idea what’s going on overseas. An assumption that can be made from this article is that Israel almost got caught for being an evil country with the invasion but hides this claim by saying it was due to “self-defense”, knowing that it will make them look less bad across the world.

It would seem that the conflict has been going on for so long that people have just given up on them but this is not true. There have been many times that the United Nations and United States tried to negotiate with Arab and Jewish people so that they can find peace among one another. But unfortunately, “like a so-called perfect storm in which everything that possibly can go wrong does, everything that could make a conflict more difficult to resolved exists in the Israel and Palestine conflict” [8]. Kuriansky has a great point, because if these two countries do not find a way to come to terms and at least share the land then I’m afraid that this conflict will not end any time soon, and the world will continue to deal with many innocent lives dying in the cross-fire.

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End notes

[1] Muhammad Wasqas, “Pakistan and Arab-Israel conflict”, Arab News, July 17, 2014, https://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu:6117/docview/1545709230?accountid=14902 (accessed January 25, 2017).

[2] Arab News, July 17, 2014.

[3] Gendzier, I., Palestine and Israel: The Binational Idea. Journal of Palestine Studies, (1975), 4(2), 12-35. doi:10.2307/2535835 (Accessed March 20, 2017).

[4] Rowley, C., & Webb, M. (2007). Israel and Palestine: The Slow Road to Peace or the Fast Track to Mutual Annihilation? Public Choice, 132(1/2), 7-26. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/27698124 (Accessed March 20, 2017).

[5] David R. Morse, Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War, (McFarland, June 2015), pp. 15-65.

[6] “Israel goes too far,” The Globe and Mail, March 17, 1978, https://ntserver1.wsulibs.wsu.edu:6117/docview/387091029?accountid=14902 (Accessed February 5, 2017).

[7] Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (My Struggle). Eher Verlag: Germany, 1925, pp. 49-54.

[8] Judith Kuriansky, Terror in the Holy Land: inside the anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Wesport, Conn: Praeger, 2006.

Illustrations

Figure 1. Picture of Nazis selecting Jews to die by the gas chambers, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust#/media/File:Selection_Birkenau_ramp.jpg

Figure 2. Map that shows how much land that Palestine loss to Israel, http://ifamericaknew.org/history/

Figure 3. Map that shows the military movement during the Yom Kippur War, http://www.cfoicheartland.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Map-of-Yom-Kippur-War.jpg