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In this essay I am going to discuss some of the many problems which the Middle East and Latin America faced For the problems in the Middle East I will tell who was fighting and why they were fighting As for Latin America I will explain each problem and some of the countries that faced them After World War II there was one Middle East country that had not gained its independence This country was Palestine I was still under British rule Due to these things the status of Palestine was by far the most difficult problem facing the Middle East after the war Although in ancient times it was the location of the kingdom of Israel Palestine had for centuries been mainly Arab The Jewish population in Palestine however was increasing in the late1800s After World War II there was much sympathy shown toward the Jews because of what the Nazis had done to them Because of this sympathy there was a strong support for a Jewish homeland in the Middle East The Arabs who were living in Palestine however said to give the Jews land in Germany not in their Palestine After much failure on Britains try to hammer out a compromise they decided to turn the responsibility over to the United Nations On November 29 1947 a special UN committee recommended the creation of two Palestines one for the Jews and one for the Arabs Jerusalem would be maintained as an international city under permanent UN trusteeship On May 14 1948 David Ben-Gurion longtime leader of the Jews residing in Palestine announced the creation of an independent Israel in the region where the Jews were a majority Within hours of Ben-Gurions announcement six Arab states - Egypt Iraq Jordan Lebanon Saudi Arabia and Syria - attacked Israel They were unhappy with the UNs decision They were convinced that the Jews had been given the more valuable lands and cities
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