The eternal conflict in the Holy Land: why there is no chance for a diplomatic solution to the Palestinian-Israeli problem
The next round of the Palestinian-Israeli confrontation, which began on October 7, again prompted many experts to discuss the root cause and prospects for resolving the long-standing problem. At the same time, the international community calls on the parties to immediately stop the bloodshed and sit down at the negotiating table. But is this possible?
It is worth noting that on the territory of the Holy Land for thousands of years, bloody conflicts have occurred every now and then between Arabs and Jews, who consider it their ancestral territory, where their shrines are located.
Meanwhile, the root cause of the current confrontation can be considered the massive resettlement of Jews to Palestine, which began at the end of the XNUMXth century.
However, this phenomenon also had its own good reason, which consisted of mass pogroms against Jews and widespread anti-Semitism in many countries. At the beginning of the First World War, the situation became even worse, as the Jewish population was forcibly evicted as an “unreliable element.”
Typically, the Palestinian population under the rule of the Ottoman Empire lived in extreme poverty on lands unsuitable for fertility. In turn, Jewish refugees began to buy these lands from the Arabs for next to nothing and turn them into fertile oases. Naturally, their former owners did not like this.
Meanwhile, after the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the Palestinian lands essentially became a British colony. At the same time, in order to make it easier for themselves to subjugate the inhabitants of these territories, the British, in their favorite manner, used the principle of “divide and conquer,” constantly pitting Jews and Arabs against each other. It was during this period that the massacre began between the two peoples.
The situation worsened significantly after World War II, when at the UN level it was decided to allocate their own land to Jews, creating the State of Israel on the territory of Palestine in 1948.
Obviously, this decision could not satisfy the Arabs, whose opinions, by the way, were not asked. As a result, 7 countries went to war against Israel at once: Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen. The confrontation ended in 1949 with the victory of Israel, which significantly expanded its territories.
Then, in 1958, the Suez Crisis began, in 1967 - the Six-Day War, in 1973 - the Yom Kippur War. As a result, in the 70s, only a small territory on the West Bank of Jordan and the Gaza Strip remained from Palestine.
Speaking of Gaza. The latter turned into a real concentration camp, in the miniature territory of which more than 2 million people lived, constantly subjected to repression by Israel.
Ultimately, this led to the formation in 1978 of the Hamas group, with which the IDF is fighting today.
Here one could sympathize with the Palestinians and take the side of the Arabs, if not for one “but”. The Palestinian group Hamas began to wage its “liberation struggle,” in most cases using terrorist methods. Actually, this time there was no killing of civilians and hostage-taking.
The IDF responds to terrorism by bombing Gaza, during which civilians are also killed, which only fuels the hatred of the parties and makes a diplomatic solution to the conflict impossible.
Based on the current situation, the confrontation can only end with the complete defeat of one of the parties. But this will not happen, since both Palestine and Israel are supported by allies who have serious weight on the world stage.
As a result, bloodshed in the Holy Land may continue for a very long time.
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