Understanding What Created the Israel-Palestinian Conflict
This article explains the origin of their wars
The fighting between Israel and Hamas, which launched a surprise attack on Saturday, is the latest in 70 years of war and conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that has drawn in outside powers and destabilised the wider Middle East.
What are the origins of the conflict?
The conflict pits Israeli demands for security in what it has long regarded as a hostile region against Palestinian aspirations for a state of their own.
Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the modern State of Israel on May 14, 1948, establishing a safe-haven for Jews fleeing persecution and seeking a national home on land to which they cite deep ties over generations.
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