After reading the three handouts, "1948 Arab-Israeli War," "Palestine, Iraq and American Strategy," and "The Contest For Palestine," I have come to the inevitable conclusion that Palestine and Israel may never come to a peaceful agreement. The people there do not want to work together and they do not want to listen to anyone else. Several incidents have occurred there that prove the problem may never be fixed.
One such incident was known as "The Wailing Wall Incident." The wall made up the western side of a temple that was highly revered by the Jews. When the Jews went to pray there, the Muslims became angry. There were arguments for the wall. Then there was a civil war. While I understand that the wall was very important to the people around it, when broken down, these people had a war over a pile of bricks. These are not the actions of a people willing to come to a peaceful compromise.
Outside influences have also caused problems for the groups. In 1939, at the start of the Holocaust, the British issued a mandate that severely limited the number of Jews allowed to immigrate to Israel. While this arrangement pleased the Muslim population, many Jews believe this contributed to the deaths of countless Jewish people. This turned the Jews against both the Arabs and the British, thereby making peace talks between the three countries less effective.
The Muslim populations fear that they could become a minority, coupled with the Jews fears of losing their homeland, has created much unrest in the region. Palestine's anger at America for taking Israel's side has made the Palestine area a safe have for anti-American terrorists. With the dislike of America strong in the Muslim people, they are less likely to listen to American...