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The Arab-Israeli conflict is a struggle between the Jewish state of Israel and the Arabs of the Middle East concerning the area known as Palestine The term Palestine has been associated variously and sometimes controversially with this small region Both the geographic area designated by and the political status of the name have changed over the course of some three millennia The region or a part of it is also known as the Holy Land and is held sacred among Jews Christians and Muslims In the twentieth century it has been the object of conflicting claims of Jewish and Arab national movements and the conflict has led to prolonged violence and in several instances open warfare opposing Israels existence These wars which occurred during the years of nineteen forty-eight to nineteen forty-nine nineteen fifty-six nineteen sixty-seven nineteen seventy-three to nineteen seventy-four and nineteen eighty-two were complicated and heightened by the political strategic and economic interests in the area of the great powers This fight is the continuation of an Arab-Jewish struggle that began in the early 1900s for control of Palestine The historic and desirable region which has varied greatly since ancient times is situated on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean in southwestern Asia The strategic importance of the area is immense Through it pass the main roads from Egypt to Syria and from the Mediterranean to the hills beyond the Jordan River Palestine is now largely divided between Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories parts of which are self-administered by Palestinians The ongoing feud is and was based around competing land claims and the two opposing viewpoints are that the Palestinians lived in the region long before Jews began moving there in large numbers in the late 1800s and that Jews believed they were justified by Zionism Chiefly todays Palestine question has to do with Jews and Arabs Over the centuries both groups have developed deep historical roots in a place both regard as
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