When did the Israel Palestine conflict start and why?
The Palestine and Israel conflict started in 1948 during the Holocaust when millions of Jewish people were fleeing their country. From a news article in BBC called Why are Israel and the Palestinians fighting over Gaza? States that “they were given a large part of Palestine, which they considered their traditional home, but the Arabs who already lived there and in neighboring countries felt that was unfair and didn't accept the new country.” Part of Palestine was given to the Jewish people who wanted their own country and Palestinians didn’t it get their own state like how they wanted, so the two countries war broke out, and that's where the conflict started. Another reason that the Israel and Palestine conflict grew was that, Jews were being controlled by the British Empire so they did not have their own state. From a video in Youtube “The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history” it informs that “the plan was to give jews a state to establish Palestinian independence and to end the sectarian violence that the British could no longer control.” The United Nations proposed to separate Palestine to give Arabs independence and give Jews a state of their own. But Arabs didn’t like the idea that is when Palestine declared war on Israel.
Who are the Hamas?
Hamas is a Palestinian military group, that was founded in 1987 in order to release Palestine and destroy Israel. A quote from an article BBC states that “Israel finally left Gaza in 2005 but soon after, a group called Hamas won elections and took control there. Much of the world calls Hamas a terrorist organization. It refuses to recognize Israel as a country and wants the Palestinians to be able to return to their old home - and will use violence to achieve its aims.” Hamas use violence in order to get its people back to their own country, the group controls Gaza because they thought that the leader was compromise minded. Hamas has used a lot of techniques of violence like suicide bombings and shootings. Nicholas Kristof from the NewYork times states that “Hamas is violent, not only toward Israel, but toward its own people, and, in contrast to Israel, it doesn’t seem to try to minimize civilian casualties — its own or Israel’s.” Hamas uses violence to fight against Israel and protect Palestine but instead the Hamas bring more harm to its people and it doesn’t solve anything the violence has just kept the conflict going.
How is life for Palestinians in Gaza Strip?
Life is hard for Palestinians who live in Gaza because they are in a blockade, Israel limits what can come in and out. The article “Why are Israel and the Palestinians fighting over Gaza?” reports that “large numbers of people are unemployed because businesses can get very few of their products out of Gaza to sell, and people don't have much money to buy things.” Since there is few things that are allowed in or out business is failing and most people don’t have jobs because of that. Palestinians lives are very difficult with Israel controlling them some don’t have jobs and their belongings get destroyed.Jeff Halper a Rights Activists said in an interview that “Israel has demolished 48,000 Palestinian homes in the occupied territories since 1967, so obviously that's not a two-state solution. It shows how the occupation works, what Israel's intentions are- which is to take control of the whole country -and the human cost, especially the Palestinians.” The Israeli authority is destroying Palestine’s homes and human lives in order to take over Palestine.
What are other countries doing about this conflict?
Countries in the UN and countries neighboring Israel and Palestine have supported both sides since the conflict started. An article in BBC states that “other countries, particularly America, have worked hard to settle the fighting between the Arabs and Israelis but so far nothing has worked.” The United States has tried methods to settle the conflict like the two state solution but the two countries don’t agree. Palestine wants for all countries involved to come together and have peace talks and not just the united states. Daniel Estrin author of ‘Palestinians Eye Israeli Settlements With Unease, Hoping For Foreign Support’ reported that “President-elect Donald Trump is expected to be supportive of Jewish settlements. Isaac hopes other world powers will get involved to restart peace talks.” Some Palestine officials hope President Trump and for countries to come together to talk ideas to bring peace for Arabs and Jews, because the conflict might get worse.
In the future where is this conflict headed?
In the future the conflict might get worse because it has been going on for decades and different solutions have been tempted but not worked or the conflict might end at some point if there is a better solution. From a video in Youtube it informed that “no one really knows where the conflict goes from here. Maybe a third Intifada and maybe the Palestine Authority collapses.” If there is a third Intifada in the future then things might get worse for mostly Palestinians and if their Authority comes crumbling down then there will be a chance for peace.Some people think that if Israel and Palestine could become a one state then that can solve the conflict. Ran Salman a Palestinian travel agent believes that “Instead, she'd like Israelis and Palestinians to live together in one state — regardless of what that state would be called.” If the two sides could become one then the conflict will come to an end and everybody will get what they want, a state and human rights.