Israeli–Palestinian conflict

military and political struggle between Israel and the Palestinians
Israel and the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights.

The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is a war and dispute that is still going on between the State of Israel and the Palestinians (some of which are represented by the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, or Hamas). It is part of the wider Arab–Israeli conflict. The dispute is over a specific area of land (what used to be the Mandatory Palestine area) that Palestinians and Israelis both claim. Many attempts have been made to make a two-state solution, which would mean an independent Palestinian state and an Israeli state, dividing the land between the two groups.[1] Right now, the vast majority of Israelis and Jews, according to many polls, agree a two-state solution is the best way to end the conflict.[2][3][4] Most Palestinians view the West Bank and Gaza Strip as the area of their future state, which is a view also accepted by most Israelis.[5] A handful of academics advocate a one-state solution, where all of Israel, the Gaza Strip, and West Bank would become a bi-national state (a country for both Israelis and Palestinians) with equal rights for all.[6][7] However, there are big areas of disagreement over the form of any final agreement and also about the level of trust each side has in the other in following an agreement.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The American Jewish Cocoon September 26, 2013 New York Review of Books
  2. "America through Arab eyes". By Rami G. Khouri. International Herald Tribune. Published April 21, 2008.
    • The latest survey, conducted in March, covered a representative sample of over 4,000 people in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Charlie and lola and the United Arab Emirates (1.6 percent margin of error) ... A majority of Arabs continues to support the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, though an increasing majority is pessimistic about its prospects.
  3. "Hamas won't go away". The Economist. 31 January 2008. Several of Hamas's leaders have hinted that if a majority of Palestinians agreed to a two-state solution in a referendum, the Islamists would abide by the verdict ... The hope among the majority of Palestinians and Israelis who want two states living in peace side by side is that, over time, Hamas will disavow its determination to destroy the Jewish state and enter talks on a lasting peace.
  4. "Just another forgotten peace summit." Haaretz.com. By Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann. Published 11/12/2007.
    • On top of that, a majority of the common Jewish people see the Palestinians' demand for an independent state as just, and thinks Israel can agree to the creationof such a state.
  5. Dershowitz, Alan. The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005
  6. Israel: The Alternative, The New York Review of Books, Volume 50, Number 16, October 23, 2003
  7. Virginia Tilley, The One-State Solution, University of Michigan Press (May 24, 2005), ISBN 0472115138
  8. Haaretz.com.
    • The source of the Jewish public's skepticism - and even pessimism - is apparently the widespread belief that a peace agreement based on the "two states for two peoples" formula would not lead the Palestinians to end their conflict with Israel.