Progress in the Middle East?
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Shortly after the 1948 War Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan ended official hostilities between the Jews and Arabs by signing the Armistice Agreement which also established the ‘Green Line,’ a border separating Israel from neighboring nations. Within this politically acknowledged and internationally accepted border (The Armistice Agreement was observed and approved by the United Nations,) Israel did not include Jordanian territories such as Westbank and the Golan Heights or Egyptian territories like the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula (Westbank and Gaza were both originally mandated to the Palestinian Arabs but were captured by the respective governing entities during the 1948 campaign to eradicate the Jewish presence in the Middle East).

The Green Line was acknowledged by all parties until the Arab nations attempted an invasion of Israel in 1967. Israel’s astounding pre-emptive strike was the Jewish state’s first major violation of the Armistice Agreement. However, Israel argued that the other parties had already failed to live up to their promises. Article VIII, for example, provides Jews with the right to access the Western Wall but under Jordanian rule the Jews were effectively barred from the holy site. Immediately thereafter Israel ceased publishing the Green Line as its official borders and began to include territories captured during the 1967 war. In accordance with UN resolution 242, Israel returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in exchange for acknowledgement and peace agreements. Jewish settlements in Gaza were demolished and dismantled by Israeli authorities and Israel later forcibly evacuated its citizens from the region. Today the only violation of the ‘Green Line’ is Westbank which remains occupied Palestinian territory.

However, recent signs of progress (hampered by the Hamas takeover in Gaza,) have began to signal that Israel ay at last be ready to accept the two-state plan and evacuated Palestine’s occupied territory. Forty years after the Jewish state attempted to delegitimize the ‘Green Line’, Israel’s education minister, Yuli Tamir, has ordered the Green Line border be reintroduced into all texts, maps, and atlas used in the public school systems.

In 2009 Israeli police dismantled the West Bank security outpost of Mitzpe Avihai. Similar actions preceded the evacuation of Gaza. As a sign of rebellion against Israeli security forces the Far Right “Youth for Israel,” responded to the bulldozing of Mitzpe Avihai by establishing eleven new but minute settlements and promising to rebuild Mitzpe Avihai. Israel has also repeatedly promised the United States to demolish illegal settlements, but Amid fears an armed uprising. There are currently 300,000 Jewish settlers in the Westbank. The evacuation of Gaza resulted in violent riots and was on a much smaller scale.

Are these signs that despite the interference of Hamas’ terror attacks on Israel and the subsequent invasion of Gaza by the IDF progress has not been halted entirely? Recent polls suggest that roughly half of Israelites support the two-state plan, but the far-right is fervently opposed to this compromise. The Two State plan will place massive Jewish settlements like Tel Aviv and West Jerusalem within the range of mortar and rocket fire. (See my thread on Israel’s wall to understand more of why this is such a touchy topic in Israel.)

What are your thoughts?

Sources:
HTTP://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/2007/01/09/OPINION/09NEWMAN.HTML?_R=1
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1103702.htmlhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/29/content_11793054.htm

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I think there is progress going on in the part of Israel, but not on the part of Palestine. The terrorism, racism, and Islamic militant ism is what is keeping them a threat to Israeli national security. Honestly, if the Two-State Plan was implemented tomorrow I believe that Israel would not be safe. Palestine has proven that the minute you give them power they riot and attack Israel. It's because they have a brainwashed hatred for Jews. The original problem of Arabs being racist towards a Jewish state has not been resolved. We see this in speeches made by Iran and the views of the other Arab nations. Until the hatred is gone there will still be an issue. You can compromise and seek peace, but if hate is still there you will still be in danger. Arabs still hate Israelis because they are Jewish, you can clearly see in the countries that reject Israel that they are oppressive and restrict human rights. The hate hasn't been healed, and there are no signs of that. Israel may try, but they will always be "Zionist regime" as long as the Arab world harbors racism and hate.

*My comments are towards Arab nations and not Arab nationals or the race of Arabian people.
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CecilTheDarkKnight_234 wrote:

i don't really care what happens in the middle east let them kill each other off for the stuip holy war >_>


Then please don’t post in threads about the Middle East. It's just spam.
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digs wrote:

I think there is progress going on in the part of Israel, but not on the part of Palestine. The terrorism, racism, and Islamic militant ism is what is keeping them a threat to Israeli national security. Honestly, if the Two-State Plan was implemented tomorrow I believe that Israel would not be safe. Palestine has proven that the minute you give them power they riot and attack Israel. It's because they have a brainwashed hatred for Jews. The original problem of Arabs being racist towards a Jewish state has not been resolved. We see this in speeches made by Iran and the views of the other Arab nations. Until the hatred is gone there will still be an issue. You can compromise and seek peace, but if hate is still there you will still be in danger. Arabs still hate Israelis because they are Jewish, you can clearly see in the countries that reject Israel that they are oppressive and restrict human rights. The hate hasn't been healed, and there are no signs of that. Israel may try, but they will always be "Zionist regime" as long as the Arab world harbors racism and hate.

*My comments are towards Arab nations and not Arab nationals or the race of Arabian people.


yes you're right.
i think it's almost impossible to make palestine and israel together.
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