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Historical Overview of the Israeli-Arab Conflict

The United Nations decision to partition Mandatory Palestine into Jewish and Arab states was aimed at resolving the conflict over the Holy Land. Unfortunately, it did not do so. Palestinian Arabs and the surrounding Arab states rejected the decision and attempted, unsuccessfully, to destroy the new-born Jewish state by force of arms. Ever since, Israel’s development as a nation state has gone hand in hand with continual armed confrontations with its neighbors. Despite subsequent peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, these persist to this day.