The Reasons Behind the Difficulties of Bringing Peace to the Middle East
A major source of conflict in the Middle East during the last fifty
years has been the dispute between Arabs and Jews over Palestine. For
hundreds of years, the great majority of the people living in
Palestine were Arabs. But at the end of the nineteenth century some
Jews in Europe were becoming increasingly bitter about growing
anti-Semitism. They started to talk about setting up a state of their
own where they would be free from persecution. They chose Palestine
because it was there birthplace of the Jews religion.
Small numbers of these Jews, who were called Zionists, began to
emigrate from Europe to Palestine. By 1914 about one tenth of the
country's total population were Jews.
Since the return of the Jews to their 'homeland' in 1948 the two races
have fought over what they both claim to be their Holy land. The
conflict between Arab and Jews still rages, with suicide bombings,
kidnapping, tortures, murders, military invasion, terrorist high
jacking, and also people fighting each other.
Jews believe that god promised the land to them, and Jerusalem, the
capital of Israel, is their holy city. Apart from the holy shrines and
places to worship, the Arabs and Israelis were fighting over dry and
dusty land lying between Europe, Asia and Africa, with little fresh
water, few raw materials and no real significance except for claims
upon that land by different groups who have claims going back for many
The horror of innocent people dying in September 11, 2001, organised
by Bin Laden has got a lot of attention upon the Middle East, and also
round the world which caused a lot of people dying. The relentless
Arab Israel conflict is not directly religious as it dates back many
centuries before neither Islam, nor is this conflict racial as both
Jews and Arabs have derives from the same original race to history
well known Semites.
Apart from the holy shrines and places of worship, the Arabs and
Israelis are fighting over living space. Since the creation of the
Jewish state of Israel, Arabs have waged many wars on the new
territory. In every one of those wars, the Arabs lost or signed an
armistice, sometimes even losing more of their territory to the
Israeli. Unfortunately because of all this, it is hard to imagine that
there were be a lasting peace between the Arab and Jew in the foresee.
The Muslims the "Al-Sakhra", or "The rock", is precious and holy as it
is regarded as the departure point for the prophet' s Muhammad's night
journey, while for many Jews and Christians it is likely site of
Abraham sacrifice and of the holy of holies of the Jewish temple.
In the time of Jesus first century Ad Palestine was ruled by the
Romans. In AD 70 and again in AD 135 the Jews rebelled against their