Israel Palestine Conflict-Where To?

Posted on May 6, 2011


By Renan Lifshitz.

In “ The Allegory of the Cave”, Plato states, “All in all, then, what people in this situation would take for truth would be nothing more than the shadows of the manufactured objects”(1). Plato means that people in a certain place get their knowledge from the “shadows of the manufactured objects”(1), the information comes from the leaders of a nation. The national leaders are one source of information. Even if it is false information, the leaders will show their people “shadows”, if these “shadows” satisfy their interests and goals. In the Middle East there is a small land, only 10,930 square miles, which is surrounded by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea.

This land is occupied by Israel and Palestine. This land is known for years as one of the most complex conflicts in the world. Each nation wants to live peacefully in their country, but because of political arguments these groups haven’t been able to achieve peace for many years. This problem can be blamed on the governments of the two nations, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority government, because of the “shadows” that they use to lead their population. The largest source of “shadows” had to do with Jerusalem and the recognition of Israel.

For every person that hears the name Jerusalem, the first thing to think about is the holy city in the world. Jerusalem is a holy city for Christians, Armenians, Muslims and Jews. Just to understand what Jerusalem is for Jews, we can compare it to Mecca, where thousands of Muslims go once a year to pray for Allah. Jerusalem in general and the western wall in particular are the holy places in the world for Jews, especially because the western wall where the wall of the temple in Jerusalem was in the biblical era.

On the other hand, Jerusalem is the holy place for the Palestinians because of the “Temple Mount”. Because these two places that located next to each other, the conflict about Jerusalem has started. This conflict is motivated because each religion believes that Jerusalem must be the capital city for their nation. Religion is one reason for this conflict, and there is no sooner solution for Jerusalem.

The conflict over Jerusalem is just one part of the conflict over the current territory of Israel, which generated even more “shadows”. Like every conflict, this conflict divides the two, the Israeli point of view and the Palestinian point of view. The conflict becomes more complex when Israel wants to recognize the country as the Jewish State, like Iran defines themselves as Islamic republic. In a conversation between Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister, and Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, “Insistence by Israel and the US that Palestinians recognize Israel as an explicitly Jewish state, as part of a final settlement of the conflict and as being potentially linked to a loyalty oath for Arab citizens in Israel, is the focus of growing controversy”. Israel wants to have a country, the only one in the world that is for the Jewish population. The Palestinians have a hard time with that because when Israel recognize as the Jewish State, they will lose their right to return to Palestine. Another conflict about the Jewish State is where Arabs that already live in Israel will go, and what villages will be part of the Palestinian territory, and what will be under Israeli territory. All these subjects are taking care by the “shadows”(1), the leaders of each nation that want the best for their own nation.

Nowadays, Hamas is the main political party in the Palestine Authority government. Basically, Hamas is a terror organization that doesn’t accept the existence of Israel. Therefore, “The Palestinian Authority makes no attempt to educate its people towards peace and coexistence with Israel. On the contrary, from every possible platform it repeatedly rejects Israel’s right to exist, presents the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, depicts the establishment of Israel as an act of imperialism, and perpetuates a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. Israel’s destruction is said to be both inevitable and a Palestinian obligation”. Moreover, “The difference between Hitler and [British Foreign Minister] Balfour was simple: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to send the Jews to, so he destroyed them, whereas Balfour …[turned] Palestine into his colony and sent the Jews. Balfour is Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is Balfour without colonies. They both wanted to get rid of the Jews…Zionism was crucial to the defense of the West, [by] ridding Europe of the burden of the Jews.” In both phrases the text talks by itself, in a nation that the government is educate their people that way, there is no future for a peace agreement. On the other side of the border, not everyone is saint as well. The main problem in Israel is the illegal settlements that the religious people build near the Palestinian territories.

Furthermore, it doesn’t matter if Israel wants to call their country a Jewish State, or Palestine wants the right to return to Palestine for their people that have moved overseas. It doesn’t matter if Hamas kidnapped a soldier from Israel territory and Israel attacked people in Gaza and killed Hamas soldiers and innocent people at the same time. The only way to have a solution is when each side will accept the other nation, and this is the deepest conflict. The solution can and must start in the way each nation will educate their people, if a nation teaches their people to hate and reject other nations, any negotiation between nations won’t help. Only if Hamas will change their point of view by education to accept Israel, it will be a starting point for a change.

In conclusion, the Israel Palestine conflict is a complex conflict for many years that the “shadows” of each nation is trying to solve with no successful results. It seems that the roots of the conflict are stronger than any leader that will try to solve it. I was born and raised in Israel, when I was young my mother told me that until the age of 18 there will be a peace between Israel and Palestine, and I won’t need to do a mandatory army serve, it didn’t happen. The only thing I can hope is when I will tell it to my children it will be true.

Works Cited

1.  Milne Seumas and Black Ian. The Palestine Paper. Web. 5 May 2011.

2. Denying Israel’s Right To Exist. Web. 5 May 2011.

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