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Title: The Palestinian - Israeli Conflict : towards a possible solution
Authors: Cassar, Mario (2004)
Keywords: Arab-Israeli conflict
Israel-Arab Border Conflicts, 1949-
Palestinian Arabs -- History -- 20th century
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Cassar, M. (2004). The Palestinian - Israeli Conflict : towards a possible solution (Master’s dissertation).
Abstract: As time goes by, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is developing into a more intricate one, thus becoming more difficult to be solved. Failed peace attempts in the past three years have led to a more severe situation where Intifada has masked the real faces of the conflict. In the name of the Intifada the Palestinians have initiated a continuing assault against who they perceive as their occupiers. This perception, of a concise part of the Palestinians, is the outcome of violent brainwash machinery which has efficiently operated since the establishment of the Jewish state. On the other hand the Israeli Zionism, which led to a Jewish state in historical Palestine, has evolved through the years to an extreme ideology tied to politics believing in a 'Greater Israel'. Although this ideology is not shared by the majority of Israelis it has led to various settlements in West Bank and Gaza Strip and as a result is effecting all the Israelis that live in the region. Subsequent Israeli governments have not been consistent about these settlements and past experiences have proved that these settlements are tied to other issues than to ideology only. Outsiders often assume that the main source of conflict is how to deal with West Bank and Gaza but in fact, the conflict runs far deeper. Apart from the problems of right of return and Palestinian state, both parties have radically different historical narrative. Same premiers has initially spoke in favour of annexing more land to the Israeli state but changed there direction in times of pressure from external states that they depend on. The 'contemporary' conflict goes back to late 1940's at a time, when the Jews that survived the World War II Nazi regime, were looking to historical Palestine as their homeland. The history of the conflict since 1948, experiencing among other things 3 major Arab-Israel wars, has shaped the reactive role of the peacemaker in this conflict. In fact the peacemaker consistently appears when violence reaches an 'unacceptable level'. It seems that the various international peace initiatives have either failed or led to a more severe situation due to ignorance of various obstacles and due to wrong timing. This conflict succeeded to overcome the UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The conflicting region is also attracting lot of attention from the media and relative to its size is being over-reported.
Description: M.A.INT.REL.
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