For the purposes of my paper, I will be researching and analyzing the causes and possible solutions of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I will do this by first establishing an understanding of the history of the conflict and then analyzing the present day political and social ramifications. I believe it to be important to look into the effects of the Western world in addition to the remainder of the Arab world in relation to the conflict and the broader Arab-Israeli conflict. I have found numerous government sources that will provide much of the statistical information I use. There are numerous publications on the topic in question. Essentially, I hope to find adequate information and resources to draw conclusions of my own regarding the best option for conflict resolution. My primary focus will be on the social aspect of the conflict.
[...] While both the Israelis and the Palestinians wish for a clear resolution to the violence, the fact that blame is spread so evenly amongst so many groups and nations makes the issue of resolution itself a bit of a gray area. I truly believe that the ideal solution will not come in this lifetime. Social attitudes play too heavy a role for resolution to be a quick and thoroughly successful possibility. Even were a two-state solution to be finalized and Israel and Palestine to achieve mutual autonomy, there is no guarantee that terrorism would cease and the violence would end. [...]
[...] In order for a true peace to be achieved, media bias needs to end and societal understanding of the underlying issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be facilitated rather than suppressed. This applies not only to the people of Israel and Palestine, but to the remainder of the Arab world and the broader Western world, particularly the United States. Perhaps most crucial to peaceful resolve in Israel and Palestine is the involvement of the United States. US bias towards Israel must end. [...]
[...] This is evident in the changing nature of peace talks depending on the active world leaders or the political climate of both Israel and the Palestinian Territory. On a personal note, I tend to agree with much of the research I have analyzed regarding the desirability of a two-state solution. I feel it is quite unreasonable to expect two groups of warring peoples with distinct and separate agenda's to simply “kiss and make The two-state solution allows for both Arabs and Jews to have territory of their own, potentially avoiding the inevitable conflict that would arise from coexistence. [...]
[...] The major issue with Hamas is its doctrines calling for the complete destruction of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian Islamic state These doctrines are in direct conflict to the previously mentioned goals for peace. Aside from Hamas, various other factors make the idea of peace somewhat impractical in the short term. Most significantly, general attitudes by the remainder of the Arab world simply do not support peace in the region. It should not be forgotten, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is part of the larger Arab-Israeli conflict that has been around since the rise of the Zionist movement. [...]
[...] The Humanitarian Monitor, December 2007, tables on pg and 7 http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/Humanitarian_Monitor_Dec_07.pdf 2. “America through Arab Eyes.” Rami G. Khouri. International Herald Tribune, April http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/21/opinion/edkhouri.php 3. “Just another Forgotten Peace Summit.” Haaretz.com. Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann, November http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/933214.html 4. “Challenge and Counterchallenge: Hamas's Response to Oslo.” Wendy Kristianasen. Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol No (Spring, 1999), pp Pew Research Center Global Attitudes Survey: Global Unease With Major World Powers, June http://pewglobal.org/reports/pdf/256.pdf 6. "Country reports on terrorism 2005", United States Department of State. [...]
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