Conflict Between Conflict And Religious Conflicts Between Israel And Palestine

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In a time when multiple countries on Earth have animosity towards each other, one of the longest and most bitter conflicts is that between the two self-proclaimed nations of Israel and Palestine. Despite multiple efforts to resolve their differences, such discussions have almost always fallen through. Their battle is not merely over land rights, but also has religious and sovereignly components, causing any negotiations with only a single level of diplomatic dialogue to often go awry. While the religious components of their differences are by no means the sole source of disagreements between Israel and Palestine, the religious differences are often brought up by both political leaders and other influential groups within the two countries in …show more content…
This could be attributed to the fact that in the past “Israeli and Palestinian leaders have signed many agreements and accords, but none refers to or states the religious dimension of the conflict” which have led to “large segments of both Palestinian and Israeli societies hav[ing] been alienated.” In the 1990s, the heads of both Israel and Palestine met in Oslo, Norway in order to try and craft a peace accords. The final accords consisted of an end of the conflict between the nations, Palestinian recognizing Israel as a legitimate country, Israeli troops withdrawing from “biblical lands in Judea and Samaria, Palestine creating a legitimate state. The accords also left open several issues for future discussion, such as the right of Palestinians to return to their original homeland in Israel and the possibility of shared control over Jerusalem. However, the Oslo accords fell through as “both sides confronted forces which tried to derail the peace process because of nationalist or religious reasons.” During this time, Israel suffered the Goldstein massacre and the Israeli Prime Minister at the time, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated. At the same time, in Palestinian extremist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad organized suicide bombings in Israel. In 2000, the new leaders of Palestine and Israel met, this time at Camp David in the …show more content…
Since 75% of Israelis are Jewish, and 92% of Palestinians are Muslim, “religious identities clearly and crucially impact the perceptions and behaviors even of those Israelis and Palestinians who do not define themselves as religious or observant.” While religion has been used as an excuse for violence, “there should be an awareness that religion can play not a typical destructive role, but have a constructive function in conflict dynamics.” Religious leaders could join in discussions at peace treaties in order to make sure all religious sensitivities and differences are acknowledged, but then the problem is “integrat[ing] religious dimensions in the political peace process without alienating the secularists but with satisfying and gaining the credibility of the religious groups.” This could be done by having a multi-level peace negotiations between the two countries, with the government officials continuing to negotiate on national and political levels while elected religious officials come together in order to discuss religious similarities and how to allow both religious groups to express their faith at shared religious

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