Unraveling the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Unraveling the Israel-Palestine Conflict
  • Reporter Jeong Ye-ji
  • 승인 2023.11.07 20:25
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▲Israel-Palestine, why they are fighting / brunch
▲Israel-Palestine, why they are fighting / brunch

  The Israel-Palestine conflict is a long-standing and deeply entrenched dispute that has spanned over a century. It is rooted in historical, religious, territorial, and political complexities, and it continues to impact the lives of millions in the Middle East. 
  In the early morning of Oct.7, Hamas, the armed group that rules the Palestinian Gaza Strip, fired thousands of rockets into southern and central Israel. Israel then defined this surprise attack as war and began to retaliate. This armed conflict is the largest since the ‘11-day war’ between Israel and Hamas in May 2021, which took place amid a conflict surrounding the holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque. In particular, there are concerns that the conflict between the two sides will spread to the surrounding area and become prolonged. 
  On Oct. 9, the third day of fighting between Palestinian Hamas and Israel, more than 1,500 people were killed on both sides. Casualties are continuing to increase in the Gaza Strip, where intensive airstrikes have continued since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas. Until then, the number of dead and injured was 687 and 3,726. Meanwhile, Hamas is threatening to execute civilian prisoners one by one in retaliation if Israel continues bombing civilian homes in the Gaza Strip. Hamas had infiltrated southern Israel and killed hundreds of civilians, taking some hostage. 
  The origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this time, the Middle East was part of the declining Ottoman Empire, and European powers were increasingly involved in the region. Jewish and Arab populations had coexisted for centuries but the emergence of Zionism, a Jewish nationalist movement advocating for the establishment of a Jewish homeland, led to tensions with the Arab majority.
  Israel is made up of people who believe in Judaism. When Jews settled in the former land of Palestine and established the state of Israel, Hamas in particular, denied the existence of Israel and insisted on armed resistance to the occupation of Palestinian territory. Major conflicts lead the conflict between two groups to deepen. 
  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex and deeply entrenched dispute with no easy solutions. It has led to immense human suffering, political tensions, and instability in the Middle East. A resolution will require the cooperation of both parties, as well as the international community, and a commitment to addressing the historical grievances. The path to peace remains challenging, but a just and lasting resolution is a shared goal for the sake of future generations in the region.