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Conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis has been the story of Middle Eastern relations since the creation of the Israeli State.

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Conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis has been the story of Middle Eastern relations since the creation of the Israeli State. Palestinians are upset due to losing control of their country to the Jews. The Israelis are upset due to the resistance and bombings the Palestinians have inflicted upon them. The causes for the conflict are many and the possible resolutions are few. The purpose of this essay is to find a possible solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Various solutions will be examined and weighed for possibility and chance of success while being balanced with possible consequences. Peaceful non-violent non-cooperation as taught by Gandhi will be explained and examined as one possible solution. The first point to be examined is the life and ideals of Gandhi. Gandhi was an Indian Nationalist who believed that India should be a free and independent state not dominated by the British Crown. He was educated in England and then employed by a Indian law firm (Fischer, 22-51). His first assignment was to South Africa to deal with the labor disputes between Indians and their African employers. This assignment gave Gandhi his first exposure to the brutality and cruelty of oppressors. While in South Africa Gandhi developed the tactic that he would eventually gain world-renowned status for. He began advocating non-violent non-cooperation (Fischer 103). The workers went on strike, but did not resort to violence against their employer. This tactic proved effective in South Africa, and Gandhi took it home to his native India upon the completion of his assignment to South Africa (Fischer 110). ...read more.


Much of Israel's water comes through the West Bank, and the Israelis are afraid of losing control over their water supply as this is a vital resource in the Middle East (Battle for the Holy Land). For all these reasons the Israelis are unwilling to abandon their control of the occupied lands of the Golan Heights, West Bank and the Gaza Strip (Polk 226). Now on the other side are the reasons for the Palestinians desire for independence. There are millions of Palestinian refugees who are living in camps inside the West Bank and in neighboring Syria and Jordan. (Polk 221) These refugees wish to return to their homes inside Palestine. They believe that if the Israelis leave the West Band and allow the creation of a separate Palestinian state then the refugees will be able to rebuild (Battle for the Holy Land). Another reason for the creation of an independent state is the Palestinian belief that they are treated unfairly by the Israeli government. This belief has led to their struggle to create an independent state since the fifties (Battle for the Holy Land). The most important reason for the bombings within Israel is due to the Arab's outright hatred for the Jewish people (Polk 218). Many Arabs view the Jews as invaders and heretics. The Arab states in the Middle East have fought for the complete eradication of the Jewish state since its beginning. Many believe that even the creation of a separate Palestinian state would not end all the violence in the Middle East due to the Arabs deep hatred of the Jews. ...read more.


If the Israelis make the first step towards peace and withdraw from the West Bank the bombing will likely continue and perhaps increase, as there is less control over their movement. Because neither move is capable of achieving peace a third option must be introduced. A leader within Palestine must begin to advocate non-violent non-cooperation. If peaceful resistance were to be used, instead of terrorist bombings, world support would swing towards the Palestinians and the Israelis would be forced to relinquish control over the West Bank. The Israelis in turn would be pleased due to the cessation of the suicide bombings. The creation of a separate Palestinian State would be achieved, as has long been sought (Sareni 91) This tactic as taught be Gandhi of non-violent non-cooperation is the only reasonable and effective means of settling the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in a manner beneficial to both. One possible solution that may come about if the Palestinians don't embrace non-violent non-cooperation is the murder and deportation of all Palestinians living inside Israel. The Israeli citizens are becoming increasingly more militaristic as the bombings continue, and the recent massacres of Palestinians in refugee camps points towards the military's newest strategy (Battle for the Holy Land). The eradication and deportation of Palestinian nationals is a solution that is undesirable to everybody. The Palestinians would cease to exist as a people, and Israel would become ostracized by the rest of the World for their brutal treatment of the Palestinians. Of the two possible solutions peaceful resistance seems a far better choice than the complete eradication of the Palestinian people. Knupp 1 ...read more.

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