For years I’ve kept myself far away from my home country’s problems, and didn’t really care to opinionated on the situation in the Middle East. As an Israeli citizen I obviously care for my country, my people, friends, family, etc. but at the same time, getting involved and engaged in conversations about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict often leads to arguments, disagreements and overall just causes unnecessary tensions. It seems that people have lost their own personalities, formulating opinions based on what they’re being spoon fed rather than doing their own research… and that’s not entirely their fault! we’re being led to believe that the media is objective, that what the Internet says is true… time to wake up.
The Israeli Palestinian conflict has been going on for decades. In the past 5000 years, Israel had been declared the Jewish state 3 times while it has never been considered officially part of any Muslim country. While talking about history, some of the biggest empires in the world (England, Portugal, Spain, etc) have created settlements outside their countries which later on became independent forming all of South America and the US. But these settlements didn’t just get the land for free… they had to fight battles with natives, annihilating cultures in order to establish themselves; Some heard of (Incas, Mayas, etc) and some less heard of (amazons, native Americans, etc), either way independence wasn’t blood free.
Discrimination by religion was something quite popular back then as well, however the Jews didn’t really “step up” as they should have… Believe it or not, the Jewish religion is filled with struggles, to the point where every Jewish individual learns that its best to keep your head down, not get into unnecessary arguments and enjoy what we have. All that changed after WWII, where it was clear the Jewish people needed a refuge.
In 1948, After the UN agreed to it, Israel became an independent state, dividing the land between Jews and Muslims… While the Jews agreed to the terms the WORLD agreed on, the Muslims didn’t. Immediately after the proclamation (a day after), Israel fought the war of independence against 7 Muslim nations. Some of these nations had full blown armies while Israel barely had a gun for every 5 militia soldiers… However, will power and brains allowed the Jewish state to defend itself and defeat 7 nations! These kinds of events happened a lot after that… Israel has fought quite a few wars where it seemed like we had no chance of survival but then will power and careful planning kept us alive.
And here we are in 2012… One of the fastest developing countries which has influenced enough around this world is still fighting for its legitimacy. Unfortunately, the neighbors surrounding Israel have found a way to bash on Israel: the Palestinians. To be honest, these people aren’t really a nation… Some are refugees, some have been exiled from countries like Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, etc. These individuals found refuge in Israel, where they essentially got “kicked out of”. This video (With subtitles) shows a high rank Hamas member admiting that the Palestinians really belong in their own countries and all they’re doing is steer trouble… He admits his family is in Egypt… so what are you doing in Israel? They never proclaimed independence, never really owned the land… just lived on it and now they want it back, when their actual home is across different borders.
Israel has done all they can to attempt to help these people… Israeli citizens were kicked out of their homes to give them to Palestinians ..but these people don’t want help… they want everything. They don’t care for anything but making a point: Israel is theirs. Now don’t get it wrong… not all of them want this. Israel has millions of Muslim citizens and Arabic is an official language in Israel. All of our street signs have Arabic on them, news have Arabic subtitles… Israel takes care of its Muslim community by allowing those that are willing to become Israeli citizens equal opportunities for jobs, housing and a life in Israel… While they don’t receive any extra benefits, they’re treated as ISRAELI citizens, disregarding their religion. However, the Palestinians don’t want it.
If you ever raise a baby, you’ll get to a point where you give the baby a finger and he won’t want it… he’s going to want the hand. He won’t be satisfied with ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE WHOLE HAND, no compromises. That’s the Middle East conflict.
Something people don’t know about Israel is that we’re a big family. When one of our soldiers or citizens dies, it hurts us personally. I’ve cried before for someone I haven’t known, and so has every Israeli citizen. We take care of our own. We want to live in peace, but when you threaten our family, we need to take the proper precautions to ensure our safety.
The Palestinians are led by Hamas, a known terrorist organization who’s vowed to destroy Israel. These terrorists have a mission, and are willing to sacrifice their own people for the end goal. While they place hundreds of rocket launchers across their territory, they intentionally position them around kids, families, elder, pretty much use them as shields.
If Israel was to get even, for every missile they launch we launch one, Palestine wouldn’t exist anymore… But Israel do their best to protect themselves and the small Palestinian community that just want a better life by pin pointing attacks to such precision that is unheard of. However, people look at statistics, they see Israel is 10000001 times stronger with more weapons, resources and less casualties. But what they don’t see is that these statistics are fake.
Israeli soldiers are constantly teased by kids!! These people use any weapons they can to reach their end goal, while really their place is in Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, etc… They might portray themselves as the underdogs, they might look miserable, but they choose to be! they choose to suffer to make their point and the worst of it all is that the world buys it. Millions of people are mistreated across the globe… Africa, China, Russia, India and even in the US, Thousands of native Americans are being bullied and mistreated… why is Israel everyone’s focus?
If the Palestinians were willing to share the land, enjoy life rather than fight for BS they wouldn’t be living the way they are. Israel is willing to help with supplies, provide jobs, housing, etc… But they don’t want it. They rather stay miserable and have the world crying for them until one day the boiling pot will finally blow up… and last time that happened World War I started.