• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Arab/ Israeli conflict is about religion and so no other factor is important. Do you agree?

Extracts from this document...


The Arab/ Israeli conflict is about religion and so no other factor is important. Do you agree? I don't agree with this statement; however religion is one of the main factors of the conflict. Religion contributed to the conflict because from an Arab perspective they believe this land was left to them by Abraham's son Ishmael. The belief is that God told Abraham that the land belongs to him and his descendents. The Arabs believe they were Ishmael's descendents who was a descendent of Abraham so this was there land to claim. Also the Muslims believe this land was promised to them by the Israelites at some point in history and this is said in various verses in the Qur'an. However the Jews believe that this land was left to them by God in the Bible, it is largely based on Gods promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 15 and its reiteration to Abraham's son Isaac. They believe they are Isaacs's descendents so they believe this is there land to claim. ...read more.


This also ties in with the Holocaust. This was when the Jews were persecuted in Germany 1933-1939 because of their religion. They believe if they had their own homeland they wouldn't need to live in other countries so things like this wouldn't happen again. The wanted somewhere they could be left alone. Land is also another factor. The Jews were left without a state before 1948 because at an earlier time the Romans ruled Israel. The Jews had distrust and often hatred for the Roman Empire. There were frequent revolts by the Jews. The Jews threatened revolt due to the increase of taxation which was followed through. After the revolt the Jewish-Roman war began and the Jews were defeated. The Herods Temple was burnt and was a defeat for the Romans. Later in AD 135 the second big revolt by the Jews took place and the Romans decided to punish the Jews by destroying Jews villages and a more drastic punishment was that the Jews were not allowed to stay in Jerusalem and Israel was now known as Palestine. ...read more.


They were hundreds and thousands who were displaced from their homes or fled. It became the Palestinian Diaspora. Power is another factor. At the moment the Israelis are more powerful than the Arabs because they have more land than them. Power causes conflict because both sides want the power as well as the other factors. The Cold War didn't help between the USA and USSR. The USA supported Israel were the USSR supported the Arabs. They bought more conflict because they all wanted power over the opposition. The nine eleven attack on the twin towers in America has given the USA power because they stared a war with Afghanistan and Iraq this has caused tension with the Middle East and the West and because the US supported Israelis this gave them more power than Arabs because Afghanistan and Iraq were Arab countries. So I don't think that religion was the only important factors in the conflict I think land and power were just as important as religion in the conflict. They both want the land and power and religion backs up their reasons for why the land should be theirs. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. history coursework - arab israeli conflict

    As with the first PLO source, the writer of this purposely leaves out the earlier Israeli terrorist actions, such as the attacks on the King David hotel in Jerusalem.

  2. Arab-Israeli Conflict

    For these reasons, I believe that the Arab-Israeli wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973 were caused because of the behaviour of Nasser. b) Oil has always played a huge part in the economy and many countries relied on the Arab states to provide oil for them, therefore, many countries did not want to upset the Arab countries.

  1. question 5 source questions Arab Israeli conflict

    The difference is that this is the President of Iraq broadcasted that on the radio much closer to the start of the war. This could give us a hint as it was a lot closer to the start of the war and it supports statement a)

  2. The Panchayat system as an early form of conflict resolution in Trinidad.

    The East Indian villagers were said to have been very cautious about the courthouse and its trappings so they implemented their familiar, speedy court of the Panchayat28. The Panchayat in Trinidad was more a process than a single event. It was a series of meetings or consultations with different members, with different degrees of privacy and different leadership29.

  1. The Holocaust

    If you were lucky enough and survived this terrible experience in the concentration camps, you were then surprisingly moved off to the Death Camps. Death camps were also used to kill the Jews if they already survived the Concentration Camps.

  2. Do you agree that Martin Luther King was the most important factor in helping ...

    This is because the violence they use is being used, not through hate, but through trying to gain basic rights, which many White people could realize. On the other hand, out of the Black power group came the Black Panthers, formed by Bobby Seale and Huey Newton.

  1. Ameican Youth Revolt

    Teenagers annual spending power climbed from $10 billion in 1950 to $25 billion by 1959. In 1956, Elvis Presley erupted onto the pop music scene, singing songs that broke all sales records, such as 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Hound dog'. The same year Elvis record sales were 10 million out of 90 million all together.

  2. arab/israeli conflict

    In the 7th century, a new religion, Islam, arose in the Middle East. The Muslim Arabs conquered Palestine and began to settle onto the land. They built the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, where they believed Prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven to receive parts of the Qur'an.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work