Originally Posted by LeEnfield
Lets try and work out who has the right to live in the area now called Israel. Over the last five thousand years it has been settled by countless races and the Israel's are just one of these, and you could all most fill the page listing all the different cultures who have settled in this spot of land and all who have left their mark on it.Now for the last thousand years it has been run by the old Ottam Empire and the Jews and Muslims lived side by side. Many of the Jews held high ranking posts in the Old Ottam Empire and where not barred by their religion from holding such positions.
Now that the Jewish people have the upper hand they seem to me to be operating a Secular ban in reverse, the Palestinians are being forced of the the land that has been in their families for hundreds of years and with out payment, to say that they are second class citzens is a understatement.
Yes but the problem in the region is one of a fixed starting point, there is a mentality that history started with the bible and since there were Jews in the region 3000 years ago then the land is theirs, forget that 4000 years ago there were Canaanites there, 2000 years ago there were Romans, 1000 years ago it was Muslim and 800 years ago the Europeans decided to go play there as well but it took them until 1948 to invade the place properly.
But in the end no matter who you believe owns it the crowd that are there need to learn how to get along or they will all lose, Israel can't win simply because the more they repress the Palestinians the more desperate they will get and the more agitated Israels neighbours will become and to be perfectly frank I doubt that Israel could match Egypt today let alone 20-50 years from now, throw into that Iran, Iraq and Turkey and I suspect Israels future is not great should they earn the ire of the Muslim world.
Currently though Israel is protected by the US and safe from relatively weak Arab governments so they have a window of opportunity to get a working peace in place yet they seem more interested in land grabs than peace at the moment it will be interesting to see how views change as US power wanes.
Personally I think the last great hope for a peaceful solution in the region died with Yitzhak Rabin and given that a few months back King Abdullah II of Jordan said that should the settlement moratorium be ended then he believed war was inevitable it is hard to see a positive future for either Palestinians or Israelis. http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-24/w...ry?_s=PM:WORLD http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomac...t-war-1.315467