What is Going On? by Jackleen

    What is going on with the Israelis and Palestinians? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that’s what.  The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is an ongoing argument between Israelis and Palestinians. This argument started when the Israelis were kicked out of the land of Israel and the Palestinians stayed in the land.   The Palestinians would not allow the Israelis to take the land back, even though they say it was given to them by G-D.  An easier way to say what the argument is about is to just say that it is mostly over the land that they lived on and who truly owns it.  The land that is in question is known today as Israel.  This argument has been going on for a very long time and still they have not come to a conclusion that everyone can agree on.  Many people have come up with solutions that they feel might be able to settle this argument, a “one-state solution” and a “two-state solution”.  A one-state solution is the idea of both the Israelis and the Palestinians stop fighting and combine into one state.  A two-state solution is the idea of the Palestinians getting their own state and the Israelis get their own state, basically dividing the land within its own boundaries giving each group a piece of their own.

In my opinion, the two-state solution is the best way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian situation, in a perfect, idealistic word that is.  One way this solution would be best is because both the Israeli and Palestinian way of living is based on both their religion and culture; this solution gives both groups room to live as they see fit given that both groups can respect the other and leave them alone.  This solution would give solid boundaries and both groups some of what they are asking for.  This solution would also allow the Israelis to avoid the situation of  sacrificing Israeli democracy of Israel’s Jewish identity.  This “two-state” solution is one of compromise and sacrifice for all parties.  

   Both of the groups need their own country so that they can worship God as they see Him and not be judged or terrorized for doing that.  If each group had their own state within the boundaries of Israel they would have their own place to worship and practice their own religion.  For an example, when the Palestinian Muslims are celebrating Ramadan (Muslims fast for a month) Israelis would not be eating in front of them,   And in a perfect world there would be a lot less fighting between them, not as many wars and deaths.  They would also be able to dress in what is appropriate for them and their religion and they would be able to worship when they want, wherever they want.  Everybody needs their own space.  Thats why a lot of people have their own rooms, just like this both Israelis need their space from the Palestinians and the Palestinians need space from the Israelis.  The other reason was so that the Israelis and the Palestinians would be separated.  It’s like having a brother, sometimes you just need to be alone with your friends/family.  It’s the same with the Palestinians and Israelis they need their own space to be alone with their own people.

Now onto the second claim for a two-state solution for this situation.  If there was not a two-state solution than Israel would have to face probably having to sacrifice Israeli democracy or their Jewish identity.  They would have to do this because of how much faster the Palestinian demographic growth is happening.  Because the Palestinians are growing so much faster they are taking up more and more land making the Israelis not have any land.  That is why they should have a two-state solution, so that the Israelis don’t get pushed out of the land on which they live altogether.

So, in a perfect world the Palestinians and the Israelis would have to have their own state and separation from each other.  This means that Israel would be divided into two states, one half for the Palestinian Arabs and the other for the Israelis.  Again, the two-state solution is best, in my opinion, because it will give both the Palestinians and the Israelis space and religious freedom.  This “solution” is truly only a real one if mutual respect and acceptance can be developed between the two groups of people as though we were living in a “perfect world”. However, because we are not in a perfect world right now I think that there is no solution, either way the Palestinian Arabs are going to continue to hate the Israelis and want to take all the land for themselves leaving no place for the Jewish Israelis. I imagine this to be the reason the conflict has continued on for so long to begin with.  


-http://mideastmatrix.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/israeli-and-palestinian-onetwo-state-arguments/     Israeli and Palestinian one/two state argumentsPosted on September 24, 2012 by Jeremy Pressman    


Ehud Barak, MSc, 16th Prime Minister of Israel, New York Times Review; June 13, 2002


Ehud Olmert, LLB, Israeli Prime Minister and Chairman of the Kadima Party,Jan. 24, 2006 speech

CIA World FactBook public domain picture of Israeli map

Georgia and CC Standards

SS7H2 The student will analyze continuity and change in Southwest Asia (Middle East) leading to the 21st century.

  • b. Explain the historical reasons for the establishment of the modern State of Israel in 1948; include the Jewish religious connection to the land, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and Zionism in Europe.

  • c. Describe how land and religion are reasons for continuing conflicts in the Middle East.

L6-8RH1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.