The Israeli Palestinian Conflict Essay

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The history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dates back to the day the state of Israel declared independence, days ahead of the official end to the British Mandate in Palestine in 1948. While there were some minor conflicts and skirmishes between the Arabs and the Jews prior to 1948, those ongoing tensions erupted into a full civil war and countless bloody battles that have claimed the lives of many innocent people and have dominated the international political arena for over seven decades. Peace efforts to bring a resolution to the world’s most intractable conflict, including proposals for a three-state solution, a two-state solution and one-state solution have all failed. And with all these failed attempts, the two sides could not be further from and more pessimistic about reaching a lasting resolution that would address the Palestinian aspiration for a statehood and the Israeli concerns for security. A one-state solution remains the most viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because it offers the Palestinians the opportunity to fulfill their aspirations for a statehood and it gives the Israelis the security blanket that they have been looking for. Further, this solution would address some of the most complicated obstacles to peace such as settlements in the occupied territory, Palestinian right of return, and sovereignty over Jerusalem. Both sides will live in a binational state with equal rights under a free democracy. The conditions for an…

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