There is probably no bigger immigration issue than the one involving Israel and Palestine. Currently both of these sides are engaged in open warfare. I have said ‘sides’ because there is no state of Palestine. Obviously, there is a state of Israel, formed May 14, 1948. Much of the deep seated bone of contention is that Israel was formed on former Palestinian lands.
War in this area and between Israel and Palestine is certainly not unusual. It has been going on since the birth of the state of Israel. In fact, it went on before that. Yesterday afternoon, Israeli troops crossed over into Gaza, which is that little area about twice the size of DC on the Mediterranean between Israel and Egypt.
Israel’s objective is to stop the firing of rockets from the Gaza strip into Israel. Who could blame them? A week ago, Israel began firing into Gaza. Since this did not seem to work and the rockets are still sailing into Israeli territory. Yesterday, Israel decided to show Hamas, the ruling elected government in Gaza, it meant business. The battle on the ground now enters its second day. Israel has stated that it is not attempting to topple Hamas, only to upgrade security and to stop the firing of rockets into Israel.
As stated above, there is there is no state of Palestine. It has three non-contiguous areas: Gaza, Golan Heights, and the West Bank. Just bringing up the name Palestine can bring about a fight. It is a term used since Roman times. In this thread, it simply means the area that would be the proposed state of Palestine.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is extremely complex. Explaining the intricacies of the region is far beyond my limited area of expertise. People in regions all over the United States are demonstrating for and against Israel. Emotions are running high. Emotions in the region are even higher and hopefully will not spill over into other countries or regions. The Middle East always heightens our alert in at home.
So here we sit watching a war unfold—a war that is an on-going flare up from decades old conflict on the one hand. On the other hand, this war, like other wars, has the potential of blowing up in our faces and involving other countries of the world, includes ultimately, the USA. Certainly our foreign policy favors the state of Israel which brings about the wrath of other Arabic states in the Middle East.
Finding a stopping place on this subject is impossible, so the readers and contributors of Anti-bvbl are just going to have to take over.
Addendum: If you are like me, the middle east conflict is so complex it takes on a blur of sorts. Here is a link to a timeline that highlights Israel and Hamas difficulties.