I don’t know. The Middle East hasn’t been left alone on its own for centuries. Even before the crusades, there was inter tribal warring, the region was the trade route to the far east, which meant a lot of foreign traffic, targets for thievery, once oil was discovered the foreign powers, Europe and the United States came in and set up shop. Post World War two, the Great Powers at the time decided to give the Zionist movement their ancestral home back, the Nation State of Israel. This was 1948, I imagine that this imperialist action must have been the fuse that lit the surrounding Arab States to launch the 1948 Israeli-Arab war. Then came the 1956/57 war, then came the 1967 war where Israel not only beat the Arab States as previously done, but Israel was able to claim the Golan Heights from Syria, the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt and the Gaza Strip. As of today after a few more wars, 1973, I think 1981 and more violent incidents, the Sinai Peninsula has been returned to Egypt and the Golan Heights have been returned to Syria. All of Israel’s neighbors except for Iran and The group Hamas, have more or less recognized the State of Israel. The question that stands before us is whether the Israelis are willing to go back to the 1967 borders with the Palestinians, meaning the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. One impediment that severely hinders that from happening, is the increase of settlements within the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
My history on Middle East region is rusty but my belief has stayed the same over the years, the Palestinians need their own State. They need recognition from the world, they need self-determination. At one point in our history, during the Woodrow Wilson years, self-determination was a focal point in international diplomacy. It appears that within the region, the people have decided to reclaim their right to self-determination, so it stands to reason that the Palestinians would want their day in the sun. The youth of Israel have protested themselves over the lack of a strong domestic economic policy.Their precious resources have been focused on military and security. Their citizens have suffered the price of a hawkish policy. Hopefully, at the end of this week some movement will occur when the Palestinians ask for state recognition at the U.N. An agreement of peace and co-existence between Israel and the Palestinians would be so welcome after 62 years. Fingers crossed for peace.