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As America faces another showdown against Iraq the Mideast conflict is possibly the single most important factor for our countrys war against terrorism To fully understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict one must know the history of the region This paper will attempt to provide an objective view on the situation and offer a plan for lasting peace in the region An individual might begin this discussion in early times 3000 BC However finding solid factual data from this period is challenging and often the facts vary depending on from which perspective the data is written Obviously this land has been contested since the beginning of time Following is a rough timeline of events that shaped the current Middle East situation Statements in a standard font are generally facts which both sides agree upon Statements in bold type are comments that are generally neutral Statements in red type are the Palestinian Arab viewpoints Statements in blue type are the Jewish Israeli viewpoints 1Jews and Arabs pray to a different God Both sides claim that the West Bank is the center of their homeland 2In World War I Britain gained control of the land of Palestine with Arab aid After Britain gained control of the region they promised Jewish leaders a national home in the land of Palestine Britain also promised the creation of an independent Arab state Both sides generally agree to this statement 3The British mandate officially began in 1922 which was approved by the League of Nations The White Paper 1922 stated Britains policy of aiding Jews return to their homeland Additionally there were limits placed on the number of Jewish immigrants that should be admitted into the region This statement is also generally agreed upon But the number of Jewish immigrants was supposed to be limited to 25000 but the actual number of immigrants was closer to 50000 This created discontent on both sides The Arabs were understandably upset about
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