Will there ever be a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict? There are deep differences between those in favour of a Palestine state and those against. The differences lie deep in history, geography, race, religion and politics. How a person views the impasse is greatly influenced by these issues. Historically, would anyone refute that Israel was once a nation living in where it is now? Jews, as a people group, have a strong historical basis for claims on the land. The case for a Palestinian state is more nebulous. There is no record to suggest that Palestinian people group ever existed. Palestinians in modern history consist of numerous groups of people dwelling in the regions (read Wikipedia, Newswithviews.com). Palestine then could mean much of the Ottoman empire that once were the home of these people.
What is the root cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict? “The history of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict started in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century are marked by the birth of two major nationalist movements among the Jews and among the Arabs, both geared towards attaining sovereignty for their people in the Middle East.” – Wikipedia. The nomenclature of the conflict is itself a misnomer and is itself and impediment for resolution of the conflict. It should be more rightly termed Israel-Arab conflict. In using Palestine as the bogeyman in the conflict, the Arabs are distanced from the actual tensions. In effect, they are the promulgators of the conflict. This perspective makes easier understanding of the lingering problems between Israel and the Arabs, not Palestine per se.
The small nation of Israel is surrounded by huge masses of land that are occupied and controlled by people largely of Arabic origins. Why should Israel be such a thorn in the flesh for them? Using the Palestinian cause as alibi, Israel had not had a peaceful existence since it was formally recognised as a sovereign republic. The problem is not going away anytime soon, or ever.The Arabic neighbours do not regard Israel’s right to exist and some quarters vowed to destroy Israel.
The tensions are not only confined to just this issue, but also the control of the city of Jerusalem which both Israel and the Arabs contend to be their rightful owners. Drilling down further, the conflict narrows down to even a smaller piece of real estate where the Dome of the Rock stands. The location is also claimed by Jews to be the historical holy site of Solomon’s temple. Is this the real cause of the conflicts then?
Even the vatican city has eyes upon Jerusalem. Catholics and the Arabic Muslims place great interests to have some form of jurisdiction over Jerusalem. Israel is totally surrounded by these two blocks of people who from the largest religious group of people on earth. Interestingly, the Vatican made a bold move recently in declaring recognition for Palestine’s statehood. The New York Times reported:
The Vatican announced Wednesday that it would soon sign a treaty that includes recognition of the “state of Palestine,” lending significant symbolic weight to an intensifying Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty that bypasses the paralyzed negotiations with Israel.
Palestinian leaders celebrated the Holy See’s endorsement as particularly important, given the international stature of Pope Francis. For Israelis, it was an emotional blow, since Francis has deep relationships with Jews dating back decades, and Christians are critical backers of their enterprise.
“The Vatican is not just a state. The Vatican represents hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide, including Palestinians, and has vast moral significance,” said Husam Zomlot, a senior Palestinian foreign-affairs official.
What is the real intent of the Vatican making this move knowing that this will provoke more tensions? Considering the “peace” overtures made by the Pope, the move is probably the prelude to the formation of a one world religion. The new world religion espouses tolerance and compromise. In order to appease the two biggest religious institutions of the world, Jerusalem shall then be the centre for this compromised and unified world religion where all mankind could worship the god of the universe. The writings are on the wall. The noose has tightened around Israel. Will Jerusalem finally come under the jurisdiction of the one world religion? The probability is getting higher.
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