posted on Feb, 2 2006 @ 12:20 AM
In ancient times the Israelis owned what is today known as Palestine.
Somehwere in there the Egyptians marched in, whooped keester and took the Hebrews as slaves.
Even if you do not beleive the bible there was a man named Moses who led the Hebrews out of Egypt.
They waged a bloody war to reclaim their lands.
Under King Davids reign Israel became a major power, and remained one for a very long time.
Eventually the Babylonians came along, whooped Keester and marched the Hebrews back into captivity.
Persia then waged war on babylon, the Hebrews were released by King Cyrus of Persia, the Hebrews tried to rebuild their homeland.
Alexander the Great demolished the Persian empire, and occupied Palestine.
After Alexanders death, the Greek Empire split into four seperate wings.
Judas Maccabeus led a war of rebellion against the Greeks (I beleive it was the Ptolemy's) and for a brief time regained autonomy over Israeli
The Greeks counterattacked and nearly wiped out the Jewish resistance.
Rome annihilated the Greeks, and occupied Palestine.
THe Hebrews again tried to rebel, but this time were utterly destroyed by the Romans.
Jews were scattered across the globe, no homeland remained for them.
(Oddly enough, some crazy guy named Jesus actually predicted this)
Islam claimed the lands, declaring them holy unto God.
The Pope declared a crusade to retake the Holy land.
A very bloody war were Europe more often than not got their butts handed to them by Muslim armies occured. Nothing was gained.
The Ottoman Empire took over the rule of Palestine.
In WWI a guy named Lawrence led a revolt of the Arabs against the predominantly Turk Ottoman Empire, Palestine fell under British Imperial rule.
Jews, fighting under the British had glimpsed the ancient land. The seeds of the dream to return were sown.
WWII: Hitler tries to eradicate the Jewsih race, despite beign part Jew himself. (hypocritical bastard wasn't he?)
After WWII, Jewish liberation groups began attacking British installations, using tactics that today we call terrorism.
1947, Britian grants authority and autonomy to a new Jewish state.
Neighboring Arab nations try desperately to wipe the Israelis off the Earth, they fail.
True there are many Palestinians who suffer under the rule of israel, unfortunately I have no answer for that...All I can do is give a breif
historical overview and maybe shed some light onto what might be some historical causes for all of this mess.