A history Lesson on Israel and the Palestines, by Bob Siegel, is written in the defense of Israel, and gives a historical summary, in an effort to explain their recent conflict with Palestine. According to the article, ‘the holy land’ was first occupied by the Jews, in the time of Moses, until they were driven out by the Romans. After this time, it was taken back and forth between a number of nations through warfare, but it eventually landed in the hands of Britain, after World War One. At this point, the land was a desolate, uninhabitable swamp, and they turned it over to a grateful Jewish population, who were overjoyed to return to the religious homeland of their ancestors, in which they claim to have an inherent right to the land. The Jews swiftly cultivated the earth, the economy boomed, and as a result, an inflow of Arabs migrated there too. They vastly outnumbered the Jews, and soon all hell would break loose. As a countermeasure, the UN tried to divide Israel between the two nations.
Despite what the UN thinks, this conflict cannot be solved by dividing the map. This is not a territorial war; this is a religious war. It is the clashing of two vastly different ideologies: defense and destruction. There is a blinding hatred between the two religions, and even if there was a successful division of the territories, they would never be happy, as there is something extremely repellent between the two. According to the article, ‘the goal of the muslims was the complete extermination of Israel.’ Abid Saud, King of Saudi Arabia publicly stated that ‘There are fifty million Arabs. What does it matter if we lose ten million people to kill all of the Jews. The price is worth it.’ This view in Palestinian-politics has such a strong backing amongst it’s people that it has become a political religion. Their hate for the Jews is so substantial that they’ve adapted it as a code to live by.
On the contrary, while I think the Palestinian approach to this matter is extremely destructive, I think there’s flaws behind the pro-Jewish argument as to why Israel is theirs. I find their claim, that they have an inherent right to the land, quite simply, preposterous. For example, pretend that I had just bought an apartment. Now, imagine that every single one of my neighbors is an angry-arab, constantly pointing a bazooka at my door. By all means, I have the right to be here; it says so on a piece of paper, yet whether or not I should continue to be here is another matter entirely. To say that they have a religious claim to the land is, I think, hiding behind a veil of god. I believe that restoring the land to a livable manner, reviving the economy, and successfully defending their borders through a hundred years of warfare are better arguments as to why Israel should belong to them. There comes a point when common sense should outweigh the blind ideologies that accompany religion. Without that logic, all Canadian immigrants should return our land to the aboriginal inhabitants who lived here before us, who surely have a stronger religious claim to the land.
In conclusion, I think there’s flaws to both the pro-Israeli, and pro-Palestine sides of the argument. Both sides are blinded by nationalism, and because of this, they will never find a compromise.