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BritainandtheIsrael/PalestineConflict WhilethePalestiniansandIsraelisfightforwhattheybelieveistheirhomeland,the UnitedKingdomisattemptingtohelpbothsidesbycreatingaliberalenvironmentforthe leadersofbothsidestoconsult. TheIsraelisandPalestinianshavebeenfightingoverthesamelandsincethelate 1900s.TheessentialquestiontotheconflictisshouldthePalestinianshavetherightof returntotheirhomelandwhichisnowIsrael.Inthelastfiftyyears,Palestinianshavelost around90%oftheirlandtoIsrael.TheyarenowlivinginrefugeecampsintheGazaStrip, WestBankandthehostcountriesofLebanon,JordanandSyria.Inthevideo,Refugees foraSecondTime,aninterviewedwomanlivinginarefugeecampsays,thereisnoroom towalkonthestreets.Andwhenchildrenwalktotheirschool,theyhavetomovethrough largepilesofgarbage(Refugees).ThePalestinianterritoriesaresmallrelativetotheir populationandgrowth.Inthevideo,IsraelPalestinianConflict:TheTruthAbouttheWest Bank,DannyAyalonsays,SowhatisthesolutionforthedisputeovertheWestBank (Israel)?Theansweriscomplex,andtheUNisstrugglingtofindapermanentresolution thatwillsplitwhatisnowcommonlyknowasIsraelintotwostatesonefortheJewsand onefortheMuslims.Inmyopinion,Palestiniansmust

Smith2 havetherighttoapermanenthome,whetherthroughthecreationofapermanentlycreated Palestinianstate,ortherighttoreturntoareasofIsrael.Mostofthesedisplaced PalestinianpeopleliveinovercrowdedneighborhoodinGazaandtheWestBankwhichis cruellygovernedbytheIsraelimilitary.Manyliveinfearandpovertyduetotrade restrictionsandgovernmentalcontrol. TheUnitedKingdomisdeeplyinvolvedasapeacemakerinthisconflictandhas alwaysplayedakeyroleindiplomaticaffairsaroundtheglobe.AccordingtosomeBicom ResearchpaperstheUnitedKingdomneedstoassisttheeffortsofthePalestinian AuthoritytoprepareforthecreationofafunctioningPalestinianstate.TheUnitedKingdom hasstrainedrelationswithIsraelsincethe1980s.Also,inthearticle,"UKCallsonUSto ShowLeadershipinIsraelPalestineConflict,aBritishForeignSecretary,WilliamHague, saysthatitistimeforahugeeffortontheMiddleEastpeaceprocess(UK1).Inmy opinion,aresolutiontotheIsraelPalestineConflictisacriticaltocreatinglongtermpeace intheMiddleEast.Inthearticle,WhatBritaincandoforIsraeliPalestinianpeace,Lorna Fitzsimonssays,Everynegotiatorwilltellyou,asettlementimposedfromtheoutside rarelyworks(Fitzsimons).Ifthisistrue,thenthequestionremainswhatdowedo?The answeristotrytohelpbothsidesbycreatingapermissiveenvironmentfortheleadersto negotiate.Itistimetoreassertalongtimegoal.

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Fitzsimons,Lorna."WhatBritainCanDoforIsraeliPalestinianPeace." Theguardian.com.GuardianNewsandMedia,13Dec.2010.

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