Israel’s Policy regarding the Palestinian Conflict
There are many trouble spots in the world in which there are conflicts going on but it may be difficult to find one more significant than the Middle East. The conflict in the Middle East originated as a religious one over the holy land of Jerusalem. This city is considered to be holy by Jews, Muslims, and Christians. There have been many wars fought over Jerusalem and the territories around it, including The Crusades during the medieval times. Today’s conflict still rages with religious passions, but has other political issues as well. The majority of the fighting in the area is between the Jews that are in Israel and the Palestinians that are in Israel. However, because Palestinians are Arabs and Israel is surrounded by Arab countries, those countries often come to the aid of the Palestinians and all engage against Israel as one. This can be problematic for The United States because the Middle East is so rich in oil that it is unwise for the U.S. government to make enemies there. However, Israel is a capitalist democratic state which is officially an American ally, so the U.S.A is forced to come to its aid. The United States of America is very strongly impacted by the conflict in the Middle East because they are forced to take sides and intervene. There have been many attempts at peace talks, and America is always involved. The U.S. is a leader in international diplomatic talks so it almost seems mandatory that they get involved in all peace talks.
There have been attempts by America to negotiate many peace agreements between Israel and the Arab nations around it. These include the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel, the Oslo Accords for which Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize, and Bill Clinton’s “Road Map to Peace.” None of these have worked to the satisfaction of anyone involved as there is still fighting going on today. The U.S.A. is generally considered to be on...