Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


For the most part, the beginning of understanding starts in the Old Testament with Deuteronomy. It gives us insight into why Israelites consider that land to be their historic land. In summary: they were enslaved in Egypt, then they marched out of Egypt and into ‘Israel’. This was a war-filled period of time, but in the end the Jews won the wars and took control of the land.

The next part of understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict comes from the New Testament, where we see that the Romans have taken control of that same land.

And then for a couple of thousand years some other empire took control, then some other empire, then another and another and another.

Finally, in the late 1800’s, the “modern” phase of today’s conflict begins. The Jews, living throughout Europe in different locations, begin to develop a mission to re-settle their ‘historic homeland’. Sounds reasonable, except, that land was also the historic homeland of many many other cultures.

And then dick-head hitler shows up (no capital ‘H’ for him … he’s a dick-head). And he does that horrible evil that he did to the Jews of Europe.

After the war the world feels sorry for the Jews … at this point, we’re probably all on the same page.

But then … 1947! The UN decides to console the Jews by assuredly giving them the thing that they have been wanting for fifty years: their ‘historic homeland’. Sounds like a nice gesture by the civilized world in the wake of the hell that the Jews suffered during the war. But in order to provide this kind gift to the Jewish people, living in scattered communities all around Europe, the residents had to be moved out. That was the Palestineans.

So, think about this for about an hour. And then continue reading.

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That’s right: the Palestinaens had to pay the price for hitler’s evil … how do you think the Palestineans felt … they were just farming their land, and then the UN says: ‘you got to move’.

And to make matters worse, the UN/US supported this newly-created nation of Israel by funding them monetarily and militarily, and all the sudden the Jews have the military power to close off the Palestineans from the outside world.

Not surprisingly, the Palestinians were mad. And so were their Muslim brothers. Hence all the f’d-up insanity that we live with today.




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