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What are the main differences between the views of the Israeli's and the Palestinians?

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Arab - Israeli Conflict What are the main differences between the views of the Israeli's and the Palestinians? There are several reasons why Arabs and Jews are in conflict and have been for over a hundred years. They are complex and a mixture of long and shorter-term causes. The major reason is territorial. From 1500 BC, the Jewish people lived in Judea to Roman times. Throughout the Roman rule, the Jewish rebelled against their Roman leaders. The Romans expelled the Jews from Palestine. The Jews started to flee to neighbouring countries, (which is known as Diaspora.) But even there, for centuries on and off, they were persecuted. By the beginning of the twentieth century, many 'Zionist' Jews agreed that their National Homeland would be in Palestine where the Jews had lived for some 2500 years before and where many still remained. Their reason for choosing Palestine may also be because they believe that Jerusalem is their religious homeland. The Jews believe they have a territorial right over Palestine but religion is a big factor. Moses, the religious leader of Judaism (as is Jesus for Christianity) ...read more.


The British told the Arabs that they would then have independence, but once again found themselves under rule, only this time they were under Britain's reign. However by making the point that the Arabs had a right over Palestine it would be wrong not to mention that the British also recognised Jewish rights in the Holy land. In 1917 a letter was sent to Lord Rothschild, a leading British Jew. In the letter it stated "His Majesty's Government view with the favour the establishment in Palestine of a National Homeland for the Jewish people." This was then confirmed as the 'Balfour Declaration', which gives the Arabs, and the Jews equal right to Palestine. They wanted independence but then found themselves under the British rule. In 1919 Britain were given mandates over Palestine and Iraq. Although the Jews and Arabs both have reasons as to why they have rights over Palestine, not all of the Arabs think the same about the Jews and not all the Jews think the same about the Arabs. ...read more.


Consequently it could be said that Israel had an unfair advantage as America were supplying far more money and arms than Russia were for Palestine and the Arab Nations. Oil? A major trade around the world, which was effected by the war going on between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews. Other countries around the world (meaning mainly USA and USSR) wanted control of oil because of its value and also because of the fact that the Arabs were using it as a weapon. The trade routes had problems because of the fighting, which meant that little supply was getting to the rest of the world. This affected the economy and prices of oil started to rise and carry on rising. The crisis then became a lot bigger because it had lead to a war between USA and Russia. More commonly known as the Cold War. However the two largest countries in the world had more sense and knew that using nuclear weapons was not the answer. They decided that the way to fight the war was to use the situation going on between Israel and Palestine as a go between. USA funded Israel and Russia funded Palestine. Ruby Noor (Sharmina) ...read more.

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