The Palestinian-Israel Conflict And The Israeli-Israeli Conflict

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The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians over territorialism and the establishment of a Jewish land and that of “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland between the largely Catholic Nationalists and the majority Protestant Unionists have many key similarities. Both “Northern Ireland the State of Israel emerged out of war, the breakup of empires, and international agreements.”1 (ESEP 93)The main phase of both the Northern Ireland conflict and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict occurred around mid 1960s to late 1990s and both had similar grievances around territory and identity. Asymmetrical, sectarian disputes arose over inequalities in political power, access to economic resources, ethnic and cultural identity, and territory disputes. In Northern …show more content…
The Palestinian, like the Catholics in Northern Ireland became a “low-status minority … subordinate to Jews in every respect ... and state and private discrimination further handicaps the Arabs.”(ESEP 100) However, unlike the Northern Irish conflict, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict cannot be observed from the framework of the “Stewart story” as it is much more nuanced. To many, the Oslo peace accords seemed like a turning point for peace in the Middle East. It was the first time the Israeli side, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, had met with the PLO Chairman, Yasser Arafat , who belonged to a group with the goal of destroying Israel. However, the Oslo peace plan had not delivered the promise of historic reconciliation to end the tumultuous Palestinian-Israeli conflict. After the Oslo track had been developed, many Palestinian organization chose to reject it. The “Oslo Accords led to problems, such as financial competition, impaired freedom of expression, and restriction on the right to obtain licenses.”15 (MFP 147) Besides being largely ineffectual, the Oslo peace movement also had the stigma of being negative and unpatriotic. Both sides continue to hold out, fueling mistrust and animosity, rendering peace-building less likely than in Northern Ireland. The Good Friday Agreements to end the conflict in Northern Ireland “was passed with 70 support in Northern Ireland and 95 percent support in the Republic in the following month”16 (PBIN 198) Framework Documents, Peace Forums, and other multi-party talks between the political parties were credited for the creation of the Good Friday Agreement. This agreement help end the violent conflict bit it was also a document that promised that Northern Ireland “firmly dedicate [themselves] to the achievementof reconciliation, tolerance, and mutual trust, and to the protection and vindication of the human rights of all.’ 17(PBIN 198)

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