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Israel is in a situation unlike any other country around the world.
Israel has been fighting for its survival since it became a country in 1948. It
is surrounded by hostile nations that want to destroy or at least diminish it.
There is tremendous tension between the Palestine Liberation Members and Israeli
officials and citizens. There have been peaceful rallies and bloody bus
bombings. People in Israel today are unsure about preceding with peace
negotiations or standing firm in stopping present day terrorist activities.
Protests, shouting matches, and violent disputes between Israelis are common
occurrences. No one person, the college professor, the taxi driver, or the
merchant is sure that their solution to these life and death problems are the
On Friday, May 14, 1948, after much deliberation the modern state of
Israel was voted into existence by the United Nations. Finally the Jews around
the world had a country to call their own. Unfortunately, the road ahead of
them was not an easy or peaceful one.
There are many organizations that have dedicated their existence to
destroying the people and country of Israel. The leader in this battle against
Israel is Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement. Hamas uses many tactics to
achieve its goals of terrorism. These tactics include intensive
educational/propaganda programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip areas. Suicide
bombings, riots, rock throwing, car bombings, stonings, and many other
destructive terrorist activities are also used periodically to gain news
attention to their radical fundamentalist beliefs. Since its formation in
1988 Hamas has vowed to do anything possible to halt the peace process which
they feel is unfair to Palestinians and other Arabs. The group is not condoned
by the Palestine Liberation Organization, yet very little concrete action has
been taken to stop this group. The philosophy of Jihad, or holy war, is the
basis for Moslem actions to obliterate all Jews from this area.
To the contrary, there are many Israeli organizations that have
dedicated their existence to preserving Israel and never letting it be conquered.
On the surface, the reason for the conflict over this small piece of
land in the middle east seems simple: two groups of people, Jews and Palestinian
Arabs, have been competing for the same piece of historical land. What has
made the conflict so bitter and emotional is the fact that the land being fought
For Jews, the establishment of the state of Israel represented a return
to their biblical homeland after 2,000 years of exile and persecution, and the
near extinction of the Jewish people in the Nazi Holocaust of WWII. For
Palestinians, who had lived in the area they had called Pale
Terminology mentioned in this term paper
Israelis, Palestinians, Jewish, White Paper,
Names referenced in this paper
the Israeli Prime Minister, Yassir Arafat, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter, President Truman, The Current Situation Theodor Herzl, Tel Hai, Hitler, Egyptian President Anwar, Prime Minister Simon Peres,
Organizations talked about in this research material
Palestine Liberation Organization, Islamic Resistance Movement, United Nations, Israeli police, Israeli army, Israeli terrorist group, UN Special Committee, British Government, World Zionist Organization,
Locations referenced in this report
Palestine, middle east, Great Britain, West Bank, Camp David, Gaza Strip, United States, Egypt, Jordan, Maryland, Sinai Peninsula, Jericho,
Keywords talked about in this report
Palestine, Israel, Jewish, arab, israeli citizen, Palestine Liberation, middle east, Palestine Liberation Organization, Jews, Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli occupation, terrorist, Jewish people, Camp David, the middle east, bombings, Hamas, suicide bombings, White Paper, organization, Arab nations, Israeli soldiers, Israeli President, the palestine liberation organization, Israeli police, Gaza Strip, Palestinians, United Nations, Chaim Weizmann, Israeli army, Jewish national home, Yassir Arafat, West Bank, Jewish settlement, Jewish Legion, peace treaty, First Zionist Congress, Islamic Resistance Movement, President Jimmy Carter, Arab state, World Zionist Organization, car bombings, Herzl, tremendous, Theodor Herzl, British people, The Jewish State, Yasir Arafat, British Government,