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The Arab-Israeli Conflict - The Continuing Struggle For Peace - Why is there still so much fear, suspicion and hatred between the Israelis and Palestinians today?

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The Arab-Israeli Conflict The Continuing Struggle For Peace Why is there still so much fear, suspicion and hatred between the Israelis and Palestinians today? The Israelis and the Palestinians have been fighting in the Middle East for more than four thousand years. However the last century has seen some of the most savage fighting in the history of the conflict. It started in the 1940's, when news came out of Germany that the Nazis were murdering large numbers of Jews. After the war a quarter of a million Jews, who were freed from the camps, had no homes to return to, this caused great sympathy for the Jews, especially in the USA. President Truman demanded that these Jews should be allowed into Palestine at once. Many Palestinians objected to this, but it still went on. After the partition Plan in 1947 there was the first Arab-Israeli war in 1949, other wars that followed include the Six Day War of 1967, and the Yom Kippur war of 1973. However in 1993 the PLO and Israel signed the PLO Peace Deal. Hopes were high that a lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis was in sight. ...read more.

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However, the reason for such distrust and suspicion is because the present Israel leader Ariel Sharon could of stopped the massacre, because in 1982 he was the defence minister and he could of sent the army to stop the massacre, but decided not to. Therefore many Palestinians do not trust him and are very suspicious of him because they do not know if he would let something like that happen again. Short-term causes include: The Hebron Massacre in 1994, when a Jewish settler armed with a machine gun entered a mosque while large numbers of Palestinians were at prayer. Many Palestinians were angry and hated the Israelis because of this. Then in November 1994, 3 Palestinians were killed in Gaza during fighting between PLO police and Hamas supporters. Why do the Israelis fear, suspect and hate the Palestinians today? One of the most important, long-term causes for the Israelis hating the Palestinians happened in 1973, when the Palestinians launched a surprise attack against Israel on the day of 'Yom Kippur.' 'Yom Kippur' is the sacred Day of Atonement in Israel, when the Jews ask God to forgive their sins. ...read more.

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The situation at the moment in the Middle East is very complicated. There are extremes of hatred in both the Palestinian group and the Israeli group. For example there are some Palestinians that are members of Islamic Jihad, who only want peace if it is on their terms and other Palestinians like the members of the PLO, who are willing to negotiate with the Israelis. Some Israelis also believe in peace like Gilhand Ben Nun, who said, "After 33 years its time to end the suffering, oppression and pain resulting from our occupation." While other Israelis like Baruch Goldstein, who massacred 43 Palestinians at prayer, believe that the Israelis should not compromise with the Palestinians. As mentioned before there was great hope for peace in 1993, when Israel and the PLO signed a peace deal. Unfortunately though this peace deal failed to mention the Palestinian refugees, the Jewish settlements that are still taking place in East Jerusalem, the water resources and the future of Jerusalem. I do not think that peace will be achieved until these problems have been solved, most important being the Palestinian refugees and the future of Jerusalem. However, with all the fear, hatred and suspicion between the two groups it will be very difficult to come to an ongoing peace agreement in the future. . ...read more.

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