Israel - The Presidential Brief
The Current Situation In Israel And Palestine
Israel is in a situation unlike any other country around the world.
has been fighting for its survival since it became a country in 1948.
surrounded by hostile nations that want to destroy or at least diminish it.
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.
matches, and violent disputes between Israelis are common occurrences.
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.
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
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
has made the
conflict so bitter and emotional is the fact that the land being fought over was
sacred to both sides.
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.
who had lived in the area they had called Palestine for 1,000 years, the land was
also a spiritual home for their Islamic religion.
Since 1979, there has been a movement towards peace in the middle east.
After engaging in many armed conflicts between their two countries over the years,