Over the years since its creation, a question has been asked again and again. Should the Jews be allowed to have their own country or should the land, which constitutes of modern Israel, be given back to the Palestinians to redevelop and reform an independent, sovereign and an autonomous Palestinian state? This conflict dates back to the First World War. The Balfour Declaration stated that after the First World War Britain would control the Palestine region and would strive for the creation of an independent Jewish state. Therefore at the end of the war and after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, British forces took over Jerusalem.
When the new Jew settlers started to move into the Palestinian region, a huge conflict happened. “ Our basic aim is to liberate the land from the Mediterranean Seas to the Jordan River. We are not concerned with what took place in June 1967 or in eliminating the consequences of the June war. The Palestinian revolutions basic concern is the uprooting of the Zionist entity from our land and liberating it. ” (Yasser Arafat)The locals of the region, which were mostly Muslim Palestinians, were not ready to accept Jewish people to settle in their land.
Hence riots started between the two parties and in the meanwhile, the state of Israel came into existence. This conflict, even after 6 decades, is still present between them and happens to be the root cause of the majority of the issues of the Middle Eastern region. Thousands have lost their lives only in the conflict between Israeli armed forces and Palestinian people. “ The Israelis are mistaken if they think we do not have an alternative to negotiations.
By Allah, I swear they are wrong. The Palestinian people are prepared to sacrifice until either the last boy or the last girl raises the Palestinian flag over the walls, the churches and the mosques of Jerusalem. ” (Yasser Arafat)The economic structure and condition vary from country to country in the Middle East region.
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