The Survival of Israel

             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.

             right decision.

             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.

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