Palestine and Israel Conflict: Analytical Essay
Palestine and Israel have been locked in conflict for years, since the end of the second world war there has been a bitter struggle fought that has developed into one of the most intractable conflicts seen today. The two sides have been struggling to find themselves a peaceful resolution and it is deemed likely that they will forever be locked in a violent conflict. The two opposing sides struggle to a conclusion due to the nature of the conflict as well as the violent demeanor present within both, this violent demeanor is blatantly obvious when looking at instances such as the Gulf war, the Six day war and even the nature of their leaders. (SBS, 2019)
There is one key factor that plays a major role in whether or not Israel and Palestine can overcome the conflict and violence that they find themselves in. To overcome conflict individuals must go back to the root of it all to understand it and learn to empathise with each individual involved (The Guardian, 2019). For Israel and Palestine, this means thinking back to the time of the holocaust as well as the beginning of mandate over the country to learn to appreciate the opposing perspectives they have (NY Times, 2019). Palestine and Israel have both developed into trauma-organised societies, violence has become a normal behaviour and is now a cultural logic that is being pushed onto future generations (Eyad Hallaq, 2006). In a psychological study, it has been found that the exposure of rocket attacks on teens in Israel has to lead to them having an increasingly violent demeanour, therefore proving that violence begets more violence (The Daily Beast 2017). If Israel and Palestine are not able to return to the root of the conflict it has become obvious that the violence they are using will only continue as future generations are learning this to be a social norm (SBS 2019). The issue at hand is that people look to their leaders for guidance and as long as the leaders believe that the opposing side is not ready for peace, people will not question this ultimately pointless destruction of each other (NY Times, 2019).
The gulf war was triggered by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Iraq’s leader wished to take control of the oil reserves that resided in Kuwait to expand Iraq’s power in the region (Britannica, 2019). This invasion shocked fellow Arab powers to call on the United States and other western nations to help intervene. Though the victory for this war did go to the coalition Iraq and Kuwait endured significant damage (History, 2009). The gulf war lead to intense measures taken by the U.S. and Britain as they patrolled and implemented no-fly zone over Iraq which heightened tension and lead to hostilities in 1998 as Iraqi forces exchanged fire with the U.S. and aircraft. The U.S. also implemented weapons inspectors in Iraq which ultimately led to the second Gulf war. This impact of only one situation shows the violent demeanor that is present within the Israel-Palestine conflict. By gaining assistance from other nations the Arabs only fueled Iraq’s anger and inevitably lead to more conflict. The Gulf war made it prominent that to solve the conflict help from other nations cannot be involved, meaning that they likely will always stay in a violent conflict as they themselves are unable to see the issues that are present. (History, 2009)
The six-day war is the third war from the Arab-Israeli conflict. This war stemmed from not one particular dispute, but instead from a series of events that heightened tension. Many disputes about the border were a significant spark for the start of this war. This war was brief and bloody as the Israel Defence forces launched airstrikes against Egypt and its allies (History, 2018). Israel’s victory in this war not only increased their national pride by significant amounts but also exacerbated the Arab-Israeli conflict (Britannica, 2018). Palestine’s loss in this war prompted the signing of the Khartoum Resolutions that promised no peace, no recognition and no negotiations with Israel, slamming the door on any chance of a peaceful resolution between the two parties (Arab heads of state, 1967). The writing of the Khartoum Resolutions supports that the conflict will likely not come to a peaceful conclusion and will continue to be a violent clash. The policy of “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel” had been officially followed since the 1949 armistice negotiation but by incorporating the policy into the Khartoum Resolutions it only accentuates the fact that Arab is strongly against any sort of conclusion. (Mid East Web, 2017)
There are many prominent issues within the Israel and Palestine conflict that make it relatively impossible for them to come to a peaceful conclusion. It has become increasingly obvious that the nature of their society is enforcing that violence will beget more violence. Due to the current leaders and their opinions, it is unlikely that the people of Israel and Palestine will even question the conflict. Throughout instances such as the six-day war it has become obvious that Arab’s feel quite strongly about not allowing for a compromise or negotiation which leads to the issue that outside nations may be the only ones that can assist with a resolution. However, it is prominent through the Gulf war that outside forces only fuel the conflict and insinuate more violence. As the result of all of these factors it is unlikely that Israel and Palestine will ever be able to end the violence that has plagued their society.