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What is happening between Israel and Palestine?
Wars and conflicts in modern era often seem to be rooted in religion or concession. Does the cause of what is happening in Israel and Palestine fall into either of these? Should any other parties (countries, groups and organisations) be involved or taking responsibilities for it?
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Its ethnic and religious persecution of the worst kind
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Israel is breaking international law and developing settlements in Palestinian territory
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Israel is simply developing on unused land, and improving infrastructure in the West Bank
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Israel/Palestine is an example of the failure of British post-colonial government policy
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Its ethnic and religious persecution of the worst kind

It situation between Israel and Palestine is much worse and goes much further than Israeli land grabs in the West Bank. In Gaza, Israel have formed a state sized prison for the Palestinian people, building a militarised boundary around the country while controlling all that goes in and out of the region including people and food. The latter of which is maintained at such a low level, which the Israeli government refers to as putting Palestinians on a “diet”, that is leading to wide spread malnutrition amongst Palestinian children in Gaza. It is arguably functioning as one big prison state that functions like a concentration camp.

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Israel is breaking international law and developing settlements in Palestinian territory

Following decades of unrest in the area this remains one of the most complicated diplomatic issues in the world, and Israel continues to complicate the situation and derail peace by continuing development in the West Bank. The government of Israel is subsidising settlements in this area, so the problem is indisputably caused by them. In 2017 the Israeli parliament even passed a law to protect a settlement built on Palestinian private property.

After fighting for and gaining the West Bank following the Six-Day War in 1967 Israel ceded control of the West Bank to Palestine. One of the few diplomatic understandings that have been reached in the long strained diplomatic relations between Israel and Palestine is Palestines sovereign right to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as Palestinian territory. However, since the 1970’s Israeli citizens began building settlements in the West Bank, encroaching on Palestines agreed territory.

To this date 131 settlements and 97 outposts have been constructed, all of these 97 outposts considered illegal even under Israeli law. Instead of recognising the illegality even of these outposts, Israel had defended these new settlements by sending police into the West Bank and the population of these settlements continue to grow massively, often backed by the Israeli government financially.

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To this date 131 settlements and 97 outposts have been constructed, all of these 97 outposts considered illegal even under Israeli law. Instead of recognising the illegality even of these outposts, Israel had defended these new settlements by sending police into the West Bank and the population of these settlements continue to grow massively, often backed by the Israeli government financially.
Israel is simply developing on unused land, and improving infrastructure in the West Bank

Israel is developing on land unused by Palestinian settlements while providing infrastructure such as roads and in some cases police. Israel is a consolidate democracy, with strong civil liberties, and a strong a prosperous economy, Palestinians could be better off living side by side peacefully in this area with Israelis. Ending the development of and removing current settlements won’t end the conflict, as can be seen in Gaza.

The State of Israel was formed on 14th May 1948, after the Jewish populations successfully opposed British rule. All the bordering Arab countries followed this by invading the country and Israel fought and won territory throughout the former Palestinian region, in the First Arab-Israeli War. Israel won the territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Sinai Peninsula and Golan Heights in the preemptive Six-Day War in 1967. Various conflicts continued from this until 1977 when talks between leaders of Israel and Egypt lead to the Camp David Accords and the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. From this the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt and negotiations began over the west bank and the Gaza Strip.

Jewish settlers are now simply using unclaimed regions that the Israeli forces have had to defend themselves against many antagonists on numerous occasions. Antagonists whose sole intention is to remove a jewish presences from the region altogether. Israel has pulled out also pulled out of regions such as Gaza and groups like Hamas have made problems in this region worse.

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Jewish settlers are now simply using unclaimed regions that the Israeli forces have had to defend themselves against many antagonists on numerous occasions. Antagonists whose sole intention is to remove a jewish presences from the region altogether. Israel has pulled out also pulled out of regions such as Gaza and groups like Hamas have made problems in this region worse.
Israel/Palestine is an example of the failure of British post-colonial government policy

Britain failed to reach an agreement between Jews and Arabs in the region and withdrew in 1947, allowing the problem to descend into violence. This has lead to numerous wars, terrorism, ethnic tension and a break down of human rights in the region over long periods of time. This is a left over problem of British colonial rule, which the whole world seems unable to find a suitable resolution for.

During World War One this region was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, and the British promised to recognise Arab independence in the area in return for Arab assistance to British forces, fighting against the Ottomans. Following the First World War and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the British Empire took control of this region as “Mandatory Palestine”, seen as a betrayal to the Arabs in the region. In 1917 the British government made the Balfour Declaration, a public statement to support a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine, and in 1923 Britain gained consent from the League of Nations to control the region until a time when they are stable and “able to stand on their own” [1].

During this period of British control nationalism in both the Jewish and Arab communities increased both against the British and each other respectively. This lead to the Arab Revolt in 1936, the Jewish insurgency in 1938 and the beginning of the First Arab-Israeli War.

[1] avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/leagcov.asp#art22

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[1] http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/leagcov.asp#art22
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