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The Conflict Between Palestine & Israel

            The Conflict between Israel and Palestine.
             The Palestine-Israel conflict is essentially not a religious one, but a fight for land and the rights and freedom of the people residing there now. The claim is to the land which lies between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Both sides have reasonable arguments and it is the fault of neither side that this conflict began. However, over the course of the past 50 years or so, both sides have committed abominable acts against the other and this must end. The conflict is between Jews and Palestinian Arabs, including Muslims, Druze, and Christians. The goal of the Jewish people is to create a homeland for their people, including their own government to protect the rights of it's Jewish citizens. The Arab community wants complete control over the land they have been residing in for hundreds of years.
             History - The Land and It's People.
             According to The Middle East Research and Information Project, the land being fought over was internationally known as Palestine until the war of 1948-49, when the land was divided into three parts: the state of Israel, the West Bank (of the Jordan River) and the Gaza Strip. This area is only about 10,000 square miles, about the size of Maryland.(1) .
             Conversely, according to many other sources, what is known as Palestine today, before 1900 was never an individual nation but mostly a barren, empty land surrounded by Arabs inhabiting other independent Arabic nations. Indeed, even famous writers such as Mark Twain, who visited Israel in 1867, stated in his book "Innocents Abroad" that "A desolation is here that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. .
             The Conflict between Israel and Palestine.
             We reached Tabor safely We never saw a human being on the whole journey." (2) In his book "Recollections of the East", Alphonse de Lamartine states that on his journey to the holy land in 1835, "Outside the gates of Jerusalem we saw no living object, heard no living sound-(2) The British Consul in Palestine in 1857 reported that "The country is in a considerable degree empty of inhabitants and therefore its greatest need is that of a body of population.

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