The Arab-Israeli Conflict

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March 20, 2008

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The Arab- Israeli Conflict

The Arab- Israeli Conflict is a conflict between the Arab and Jewish people in the Middle East over Israel and Palestine. This conflict has led to wars and millions of displaced people. This particular conflict has historical origins in the lives of the Arab and Jewish people. “The beginning of Zionism and the Arab-Israeli Conflict explain the basic principles of this complicated dispute”(Frankel 17). During the course of history, different groups have invaded Israel and Palestine. The area is historically the homeland of the Jewish people who migrated to the area in the thirteenth century as Hebrew tribes. These Hebrew tribes are
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By 1948 the Zionist forces gained control over the territory given to the Jewish state in the UN plan. On May 15, 1948, the British evacuated Palestine, and Zionist leaders proclaimed the state of Israel. The neighboring Arab states invaded Israel. This invasion marked the first Arab-Israeli conflict. Later on, the Jewish state army gained arms and was able to claim territory well beyond UN partitioned borderlines for the Jewish state. In 1949, the war between Israel and the Arab states ended with the signing of armistice agreements. Palestine was now divided into three parts now under separate political control. “Israel gained over seventy seven percent of the territory” (Brown 9). Jordan gained control of East Jerusalem and West Bank. Egypt took control of the coast and around the Gaza Strip. As a result of the conflict there have been thousands of displaced peoples in the Arab community. Many people crowd into cities to find shelter for the conflict. The Arab people are discriminated against and face a small possibility for proper representation in their own communities as a result of the conflict. In June 1967 there was a conflict

Name 5 between the Arab-Israeli states when Israel joined with Britain and France to attack Egypt to have the Suez Canal released. The Israeli forces captured the Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula but were forced to leave as a result of UN pressure led by the United States and the


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