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Israelis and Palestinians The Middle-East Horror The Israelis and the Palestinians both in the past and in the present have caused one another great suffering because their religious beliefs have impelled them to violence over the issue of control of the city of Jerusalem Both sides believe themselves to be divinely entitled to exclusive control of the city both sides have lived under the shadow of violence as a result These religious convictions and intolerance have had tragic consequences Recently many horrific acts of violence in the region have been perpetrated as a result of these beliefs and many people have died in the struggle Despite many efforts to resolve this conflict there is presently no clear path to peace in sight It is tragic that two of the worlds great religions Judaism and Islam have taken the path of violence over control of this real estate merely because they consider it to be of religious importance This conflict has long-standing historical and religious roots For many centuries Jerusalem has been of great religious significance to Judaism Islam and Christianity although Christians are not deeply involved in the struggle for control of the city In biblical the city was controlled by Jews and the Romans In later years the Muslims took control of the city and European Christians went on crusades to try to take control away from them In the twentieth century the Jews regained control Jerusalem A History of Bloodshed Peace The state of Israel was founded in 1948 and the Israelis gained control of the city after winning the six-day war in 1967 The Israelis currently have control of the city however they have allowed the Palestinians access and limited rule of some areas Jerusalem Bloodshed Palestinians want more area and control The Israelis do not want to give it up All throughout this history of shifting control and conflict over the city many people have tried to make
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