Topics: Israel, Jordan, West Bank Pages: 4 (1245 words) Published: May 5, 2013
For centuries Israel has been a place for spiritual enlightenment as well as a country at war with itself. Located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and Lebanon, it is only slightly larger than New Jersey. This tiny little country has a big problem that is still going on today, and in order to understand the present, one has to look to the past. During World War II Israel was under British rule, then when the war ended they withdrew there mandate from Israel. The UN ended up partitioning the area into Arab and Jewish states (Image 1-1) the Arabs rejected the idea. And in retaliation Arab leaders in Israel planned a Jihad, a holy war, against Israel and encouraged the Arabs to leave Israel promising their return after they purge the land of Jews, A promise that still hasn’t been fulfilled. These events sparked a war between Israelis and Arabs, the Israelites ended up defeating the Arabs, but it was far from the end of the war. Just as the Arabs were pushed out of Israel, during the 1940’s to the 1950’s nearly all the Jews had to flee from Arab countries to avoid persecution and pogroms. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab countries is estimated to be a million (according to Israel Science and Technology). This conflict or war, whatever you may call it is basically a giant custody battle for land, or a the institute of Middle East Understanding says, “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is, in essence, a conflict over territory. Although religion plays a role in defining the identities of the parties to the conflict, and for some Jews, in justifying their claims to the land, the conflict is not, fundamentally, a religious conflict.”  

Since the 90’s Israel has seen many wars the: War of Independence (1948), Sinai War (1956), Six Day War (1967), Yom Kippur War (1973) are just some of the many. Israel has tried to promote peace in the country, but instead of promoting the peace it just made tensions worse. To keep the...

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