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Long ago a great controversy arose between Israel and the Palestinians Israel believed it should have the right to the Holy Land including the city of Jerusalem the West Bank the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights At the same time the Palestinians believed that they had the same rights That controversy still exists today and at nearly the same intensity The ambassador to the United Nations has asked me to prepare a proposal to some of the problems in the Golan Heights Gaza Strip West Bank and city of Jerusalem That is why I am here today The purpose of this proposal is to suggest a compromise that will have at least some appeal to everyone involved The conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is the oldest and one of the most well known controversies in the history of civilization Even the oldest book the Holy Bible lists the history of it Jewish history began about 4000 years ago c 17th century BCE with the patriarchs - Abraham his son Isaac and grandson Jacob Documents unearthed in Mesopotamia dating back to 2000- 1500 BCE corroborate aspects of their nomadic way of life as described in the Bible The Book of Genesis relates how Abraham was summoned from Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan to bring about the formation of a people with belief in the One God When a famine spread through Canaan Jacob Israel his twelve sons and their families settled in Egypt where their descendants were reduced to slavery and pressed into forced labor After 400 years of bondage the Israelites were led to freedom by Moses who according to the biblical narrative was chosen by God to take his people out of Egypt and back to the Land of Israel promised to their forefathers c 13th-12th centuries BCE They wandered for 40 years in the Sinai desert where they were forged into a nation and received the Torah Pentateuch which
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