Lasting Peace Between Arab and Jew.

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Since biblical times, the land of Israel has belonged to the Jews, but after Diaspora, the Arabs claimed the land. Since the return of the Jews to their 'homeland' the two races have fought over what they both claim to be their Holy Land, given to them by God. The conflict between Arab and Jew still rages, with suicide bombings and militia violence happening every day. Because of the nature and age of the conflict, perhaps a lasting peace between Arab and Jew is impossible.

The Jewish people have occupied the land of Israel for thousands of years. They believe that their God promised the land to them, and Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is their Holy City. They therefore believe that the land formerly known as Palestine belongs to them.

The Palestinians believe that because they have most recently occupied Palestine, that the land belongs rightfully to them.

Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs... Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home - Mohatma Ghandi, 1938

The conflict is based on retaliation. Both sides claim that the other side attacked first, and what they did was simply in retaliation. The conflict is so old, and media bias so strong, that it is probably impossible to determine who really started this war.

There are many things that make the simplistic views presented by the media unrealistic. Everything about this conflict is debatable. Even the casual use of the term 'suicide bomber' can be misconstrued. The Oxford English dictionary defines a suicide as...