What started as intercommunal violence between Israelis and Arabs in the 1920s evolved over the course of the twentieth century into a full-blown civil war and open conflict. After much bloodshed and the dawn of a new century, what would a solution to the Israel-Palestine situation look like? Is peace even a possibility for one of the world's longest-running conflicts?
There is no solution to the Israel Palestine conflictShow moreShow less
The political objectives of both sides, coupled with the current political climate, mean that no solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is available.
To break a status quo, there must be both significant political pressures and a political force with the will and ability to do something. Neither of those are present in Israel.
The Israeli economy is strong. The conflict is not deterring international investment. Inflation and unemployment are low. There has been no deterioration in Israel's international relationships with foreign governments. Therefore, Israel has no pressing need to bring an end to the conflict.
Additionally, Palestinian stabbings and rockets have taken their toll on Israeli public opinion. Many Israelis do not want to see the conflict brought to an end. The stabbings and bombings of the Second Intifada in the early 2000s are still fresh in their minds.
Without a public appetite for peace, Israeli politicians are not inclined to spend political capital on securing a solution to the conflict.
[P1] To bring political change, there must be both political pressure and a political organization capable of enacting change.
[P2] In Israel there is no political pressure.
[P3] Therefore, there will be no change.
[P4] Therefore, the Israel-Palestine conflict will not be resolved.