Africa and the Middle East since 1945

The battles between Israelis and Palestinians carry a long and complicated history. Though strife has existed for centuries between Arabs and Jews, the most current arguments began after World War II, when the United Nations resolved to divide Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. It was not until 1993, when Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization recognized each other, and gave hope that peace between Israel and the Arab states was possible. The 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S., one of Israelís allies, made circumstances throughout the Middle East even more tenuous.

Use the following links to learn about a recent development in the peace process. Find Israeli and Palestinian points of view about the same event. Evaluate each source and write your own objective report on the event. In your report, include observations about differences in the way that each side has characterized the event.

Research Web Sites

  Peace by Piece
In this transcript of a roundtable discussion, experts discuss whether peace in the Middle East is truly a realistic prospect.
  Israeli Press Releases
This page links to official press releases written by the Israel Foreign Ministry. Its links may provide the Israeli point of view in regard to events mentioned in the Palestinian statements above.

Current News
  New York Times Learning Network
Read the dayís top stories, written especially for students. Click on a headline or search for a topic.
  U.S. State Department
The U.S. Department of State, the countryís lead foreign affairs agency, submits regular updates on the relations between the Israelis and Palestinians.
In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attack on the U.S., Yasser Arafat of the PLO ordered his commanders to cease-fire on the Israelis. Use the search tool to find the most current news about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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