Conflict And Conflict In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Some studies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict postulate the conflict has always been rooted in the question of partition of Palestine. But a game changing event took place in the form of the six days war between Israel and three Arab states, whereupon the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians began to transform into one of colonial nature. Israel has built a number of settlements on the territories it occupied in 1967, which practically is a form of annexation. The persistence of the settlements and uncertainty about the evacuation of these settlements has rendered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the only remaining instance of settler colonialism in the world. Early Israeli political thinkers were aware of the need to have overwhelming military superiority over the Arabs, in order to make the Arabs despair and come to a stance of compromise.

The current conflict will only end if Israeli decolonization happens in the occupied Palestinian territories and an independent Palestinian state takes shape in the territories in the land Israel occupied in 1967. If the Palestinian state takes the form of numerous non-contiguous enclaves surrounded by Israel, the likelihood of conflict will remain high. Ariel Sharon was apparently in accord with the shape of a Palestinian state based on the areas controlled by the Palestinian
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Though annexing East Jerusalem immediately, Israel dithered to do the same with West Bank. A plan drawn up by Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon called for the annexation of areas around Jordan River, around Jerusalem and in the Gaza strip for security reasons, and the return of the rest of the territories to Jordan. In 1970, Israel accepted the land for peace principle enshrined in the UN resolution number 242. PLO said it would accept the resolution if it were amended to include a Palestinian

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