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Investigating the reasons why the Arab/Israeli conflict is still unsolved.

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My aims are to explain what a successful peace deal requires which would resolve the ongoing conflict today. I will do this by researching through the Internet and through books. Conceivably the most considerable barrier to peace are the attitudes and expectations of both sides towards Palestine. Both sides want all the land and believe they have the best claim, historical and religious. Any peace negotiations involving splitting the land will result in disappointment and resentment from both sides. Negotiations will end with both sides either losing too much or not gaining enough. Both sides will never be satisfied with any proposal and feel cheated about any land lost out on. This is why compromise is so difficult. Another obstacle to peace is the presence of extremists on both sides; the actions of which often cause serious damage both to land and to already fragile relations with either side. An extremist is primarily "(used of opinions and actions) ...read more.

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For the Jews the West Wall remains are important. It is also the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque which is the third most important holy site for the Muslims. The holy sites are situated close together and there is no possibility of partitioning the land. Jerusalem is therefore the accepted capital for both sides. Jerusalem is not an ordinary city. Both sides see it as their own and desire to be in control and in possession of their ancient holy sites. Compromise is again, nearly impossible. The earliest attempt at a peace accord was at the Camp David agreement. The Camp David Accords were signed on the17th of September, 1978, by the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin after twelve days of grueling negotiations in secret at Camp David. Success was reached on one level but was used by Israel against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation to build more illegal Israeli settlements. None of the barriers to peace were abolished and peace was only achieved with one Arab nation. ...read more.

Conclusion

Extremists continue to assassinate opponents and attitudes and expectations are still high. The vote for Israelis to leave the West Bank and Gaza Strip has not been passed by the Israelis and the discussion of refugees and Jerusalem has yet to take place. The 'Roadmap to Peace' looks likely to fail as a compromise looks difficult, if not impossible. Although negotiations are still taking place, the Roadmap to peace has come no further to reaching a final solution to the conflict than any other attempts. In conclusion I believe that the obstacles I have discussed above still pose a threat and all three need reasonable solutions before a permanent solution can be reached. Many peace negotiations have taken place, including the Camp David agreement, Oslo Accords and the Roadmap to Peace. Jerusalem is a holy site to both sides and each side demands total control. Refugees are refused re-entry to Israel, extremists are causing havoc and the attitudes and high expectations of both sides towards Israel are all major barriers for peace. ?? ?? ?? ?? Part 3 - Arab - Israeli Coursework 8/6/06 Lucy O'Donovan 10.7 ...read more.

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