posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 03:22 PM
Have you looked at the history and details of the conflict, Kacen? It's pretty complex, but it shouldn't be that confusing until you start mixing in
sixty years worth of op-ed pieces.
End of World War One - the British gain control of Transjordan and Palestine after the division of the Ottoman Empire. Palestine is populated
primarily by Arab farmers in the North, and Bedouin herders in the south. Islam and Christianity are the primary religions, though Judaism and Druze
are fairly notable minorities.
1947 - the UN comes up with a partition plan for the British territory of the Palestinian Mandate. There is to be an "Arab" state and a "Jewish"
The Arab state was going to consist of the Eastern and Northern highlands near the border with Jordan and Lebanon, as well as a third of the
Mediterranean coast and the border with Egypt.
The Jewish state was everything else, and there is the problem. Jews made up 33% of the population of the mandate, primarily immigrants, and would be
receiving roughly 60% of the land. The Jewish state would control the only port on the Red Sea, the oil fields, the fertile lands in the north and
west of the territory, as well as the territory's primary source of fresh water - the Sea of Galilee, along with the headwaters of the Jordan
In other words, the Arabs were getting screwed on this, big-time. Naturally the Arab leadership rejected the plan. Unfortunately, nobody gave a damn
because Great Britain, France, the United States, and Russia all thought it was a splendid idea, and put lots of pressure on their spheres of
influence to swing the voting. The Palestinian Mandate / Transjordan of course didn't get a vote in this.
Violence was naturally the result - just as it has been with very other arbitrary colonial border-drawing exercise. Transjordan, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon,
and Syria went to war with Israel and, with Israel being backed by America and Europe, the Arab forces lost - and gave away huge chunks of the
Palestinian Arab state.
Yeah, figure that one out. It'd be like Cuba going to war with Mexico, losing, and giving Florida to the Mexicans.
So in short... it's the same messy colonial bullcrap that gave us the fighting between India and Pakistan, the Yugoslav states, the nations of
Africa, etc. Colonial powers drawing lines without much concern about the results