The historical background of the conflict
Palestine has been a home to the Palestinians for at least 6 thousand years. They have been connected with building of cities like Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho, and Beisan among others. The Hebrews later joined them during the period 1400-1200BC. In 637 AD, Jerusalem came under Islamic rule while Christianity was the dominant religion. The rule of Islam continued up to 1918 when the Ottoman Empire fell. Following the WWI, Palestine came under the rule of the French and the British. In 1948, Palestinian land was re-occupied by Israel and by 1967 most of the Palestinian land had fallen under the rule of the Israelis. The struggle by the Arabs to regain their independence has been continuing but was neglected by the world's major powers during the cold war period as they competed to gain control of the Middle East region which is strategically placed. The result of this power struggle has seen Israel receive much support from the west. The Palestinians on the other hand have failed in their bid to convince the superpowers to call for the Israeli withdrawal from the west bank. The result of this struggle has been a perennial and a vicious cycle of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
The US interests in the Middle East
America has many Allies in the middle East region which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Pakistan and morocco to name just but a few. The main reason why the US is befriended to these countries is not only due to its dependence on their oil but also to use their territories as its strategic military bases. There is a close relationship between the government of the United States and Israel and this is being described as the leading feature of US foreign policy. The government of Israel receives close to US$3.5 billion every year inform of both military and economic aid. Israel is benefiting from the support she gets from America at the expense of Palestine. The government of the...