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Israel's Conflict with Palestine, in Context

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 25, 2019 10:17

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A historical perspective on the Middle East's most tense and enduring conflict.

On various occasions, Trump has called for both Israelis and Palestinians to come to peace and negotiate a two-state solution - a solution that Trump thinks is difficult yet possible. However, as President, Trump hasn’t helped this vision to become reality. His decision not only to ignore Israeli occupation but also to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows Trump’s true allegiances on this issue. It also puts the prospect of a Palestinian state on life support.

Trump’s policy towards Israel mirrors the Conservative viewpoint that Israel is a nation constantly on the defensive and under attack by its hostile neighbors. This viewpoint isn’t wrong, but it lacks necessary context. Israel has acted aggressively as well as reactively throughout its history, as have the Palestinians.

Without a proper understanding of Israel’s history, it’s easy to view the current conflict as a fight between good (Israel) and evil (Palestine). This is far from the case. Carving out a Jewish nation in what Jews consider to be the Promised Land in the middle of territory that Arabs also consider to be Holy Land was not a smart move by Great Britain to say the least.

After its inception in 1948, Israel was victorious in fending off Arab forces that tried to prevent its future existence. The result of the attack backfired, with Israel gaining 22% more territory. The new border (now known as the Green Line) was agreed upon by the surrounding Arab nations and is internationally considered to be part of Israel’s jurisdiction today. Despite these gains, Israel has been expanding its territory ever since.

This expansion has been on the offensive, which is contrary to how many Americans and Israelis alike are taught to perceive Israel’s actions. Israel’s most notable act of aggression was a preemptive attack on Egypt, Syria, and Jordan in 1967 known as the Six-Day War. In addition to crippling Egypt’s air force, Israel acquired massive swaths of land, claiming the Sinai Peninsula, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights as part of its sovereignty. Although Israel has since made nominal peace with Egypt, peace with Palestine or Syria has never come to fruition.

This is partly because, since the conclusion of the Six-Day War, Israel has had a consistent policy of creating settlements and expanding existing settlements past the Green Line, which I will expand upon in detail in a future article. In many places, even Israel’s border wall extends miles past its own border into Palestinian territory. This is the context in which a two-state solution is supposed to be realized - in my estimation, a complete joke.

If Israel were serious about a peace deal, it wouldn’t concern itself with controlling the Holy Land by settling in any area of the West Bank it wishes, sidelining and/or subjugating Palestinians in the process. However, with America in its pocket, Israel is happy to maintain the status quo - making Palestinian sovereignty less and less attainable by the day.

 

Robert Dimuro

Posted on August 25, 2019 10:17

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