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2. The Middle East Conflict: Origins, Evolution, and Attempts to Resolve

Authors: Thomas L. Saaty, H. J. Zoffer, Luis G. Vargas, Amos Guiora

Published in: Overcoming the Retributive Nature of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

When future Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion (born David Grün, he adopted the Hebrew name Ben-Gurion, after the Jewish leading figure Joseph ben Gurion of the Great Jewish Revolt against the Romans) arrived in Palestine in 1906, he ignored the fact that the land was populated by a non-Jewish majority. While the Land of Israel has powerful religious, historical, social, and cultural importance for Jews—religious and non-religious alike—the majority population in 1906 was Moslem. That is a fact. However, that fact does not diminish the 5000-year Biblical connection between the Land of Israel and the Jewish people. That, too, is a fact. These are not competing truths for both are true; these truths—while largely not in dispute—do not prevent an ongoing battle of the narrative. In many ways, that battle is at the root of the conflict; each side claims its historical superiority, each side stakes a claim that it “was here first,” and each side believes its claims to be the mantel of historical ascendency.

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Literature
go back to reference DellaPergola, S. (2003). Demographic trends in Israel and Palestine: Prospects and policy implications. The American Jewish Year Book, 103, 3–68. DellaPergola, S. (2003). Demographic trends in Israel and Palestine: Prospects and policy implications. The American Jewish Year Book, 103, 3–68.
Metadata
Title
The Middle East Conflict: Origins, Evolution, and Attempts to Resolve
Authors
Thomas L. Saaty
H. J. Zoffer
Luis G. Vargas
Amos Guiora
Copyright Year
2022
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-83958-1_2

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