Israel was formed in 1947 by the newly formed United Nations, without any negotiation with the native people, the Palestinians. In this UN agreement, the partition of Palestine was proposed with an Arab state and a Jewish state while Jerusalem remained an international city. The day after the UN resolution 181 was enacted, the Arab countries of Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq attacked Israel. The military staved the assault, leaving the Arab League with a bitter taste in its mouth. In 1967 another war was initiated and Israel was victorious again, thus enacting new borders by order of conquest. Palestinians were forced into exile, some remaining in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights areas; small places for a once large country to be relegated to. Recently, after many wars and many conflicts between the two people, Israel began settling in areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as both areas are occupied by Israeli forces. Jerusalem, once claimed as an international city in the first UN agreement is now occupied and claimed as Israel property.

Israel bases its right to exist on holy texts, where the land of Israel was “won” by an ancestor known as “Jacob” who wrestled an “Angel” for it. Some Christians and many Judaism adherents refer to these texts as supporting evidence for their claim to the land from Palestinians. In Jerusalem, the Al-Asqa Mosque (also known as the Dome of the Rock) marks the “holy” place from whence “Mohammed” ascended into “heaven” according to the Qur’an. The “Wailing Wall”, the last standing wall of the first tabernacle to “God”, is located near the mosque in Jerusalem. Also, marking the “Sermon on the Mount” is a Christian church that marks the “holy” place where “Jesus” ascended into “heaven” to be with his “father” after “rising up from the dead” following his “Crucifixion”. Three religions could all lay claim to Jerusalem, which is most probably the resolution 181 designated it as an international city. However undaunted, and with much propaganda produced to instigate fear that under Muslim rule Christians would be prohibited from Jerusalem, Israel maintained control of Jerusalem in violation of resolution 181.

From a secular point of view, based purely on wit and deduction, the “authority” of the religious texts are questionable and refutable. The “historical” accuracy of the documents remains unproven, as places such as Egypt and Persia have no recorded history that Jews were enslaved by those ancient cultures. According Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister, the pyramids were built by artisans from all over Egypt who were treated very well and there are no accounts anywhere in tombs that would lead one to reason that plagues proceeded the freeing of Jewish slaves. Hawass continues to work vigorously to afford reasonable light onto the mysteries of ancient Egyptian and Nubian history. With this in consideration and the outlandish claims of “holy texts” also considered (such as talking snakes, burning bushes, horns that bring walls of cities down, and a foreskin collecting “god” among others) that casts long shadows of doubt on the authenticity of claims, one can complete discount them as dependable historic accounting and issuable as evidence for occupation of land. If one were to scrutinize further, the probability of such texts being the irrefutable authority on any topic is inaccurate as ill afforded “faith” supports their truth. So without “holy” text “faith” of accuracy, the disputable nature of their claims, and the illogical unquestioning nature of adherents when considering these literary works of fiction is not enough surmountable evidence supporting theft of land, cruel and inexcusable treatment of natives of that land, and the oppressive nature of occupied lands rightly owned by Palestinians and afforded to them by resolution 181.

The cyclical nature of conflict between the two people, as well as the employment of “suicide bombers”, does not remain excusable in any sense of desperation, revolutionary action, or military competition. While I am fully aware of the plight of Palestinians, suicide bombings are a poor way of expressing one’s convention against Israel. Not only does it seem cowardly, it also murders people who could have contributed positively to the conflict. Such action, or reaction if you will, perpetuates the violent cycle between the two parties. Both sides seem to harbor the value that if one is “hit hard” the opposition “hits harder”, which does not afford peace, but brokers hostility and endless bickering that will perpetuate itself from generation to generation with the understanding that violence solves disputes.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority President, is taking his country’s plight to the UN to be given membership status. While this claim will probably not result in Palestinian independent real estate, it will give the people the opportunity to dispute poor treatment and hostilities garnered by Israel. Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization formed as a result of Palestinian’s desires to be autonomous from Israel, have both suggested such a move would not increase stability in the land. Israel’s motive for resisting the membership status is obvious; it does not want to lose real estate occupied by Israelis, it does not want to be forced to concede to Palestinian demands, and it views membership status for Palestine dangerous to its stability. Hamas’ reasoning is that it will do nothing to forward the interests of Palestine, but cloaked in such doubt is the reality that if Hamas were to continue attacking Israel in the manner that it does, the UN has full authority to condemn the actions and apply political pressure to either disband Hamas or cause it to have less political power within the Palestinian state.

It has already been announced that the United States will veto the positive vote for elevation from “observer status” to Palestine’s membership status. It is not difficult to surmise that the plan for veto is quite heavily based on the US consistently supporting Israel in the past. The political nature of this is fueled by those who are “faithful” Christians and Judaism adherents, as the primary seat of Israel’s existence rests in the volumes their religions are based on. The other political nature of the support is based largely on the voters’ bloc that is Jewish withdrawing support for the President in a time of necessity, election time. Do the Palestinians deserve recognition as a member of the UN? Sure do, because then they lay rightful claims of human rights violations on Israel, and so, Israel can do the same to them. It may possibly broker more peaceful exchanges between the two. Alas, it is up to you to decide for yourself.