Israel- Palestine Conflict
Whose land does it belong to?
The Palestinian View Writer Fawaz Turki articulates the view held by many of his fellow Palestinians—that the Israelis are illegal occupiers of Palestinian land.
These people have walked off with our home and homeland, with our movable and immovable property, with our land, our farms, our shops, our public buildings, our paved roads, our cars, our theaters, our clubs, our parks, our furniture, our tricycles. They hounded us out of ancestral patrimony [land] and shoved us in refugee camps. . . . Now they were astride the whole of historic Palestine and then some, jubilant at the new role as latter day colonial overlords.
- FAWAZ TURKI, quoted in The Arab-Israeli Conflict
The Israeli View
Many Israelis, including former Israeli General Abraham Tamir, feel that controlling the disputed lands is vital to their security.
Since the establishment of the State of Israel, its national security policy has been designed to defend its existence, integrity and security, and not for expansionist territorial aspirations. Hence, if Arab confrontation states did not initiate wars against Israel or pose threats to its existence, then Israel would not start a war . . . to extend its territories . . . Our national security policy created from its very beginning the linkage between Israel’s political willingness for peace and Israel’s military capability to repel aggression of any kind and scale.
- ABRAHAM TAMIR, quoted in From War to Peace
1. Why does Fawaz Turki refer to the Israelis as colonizers?
2. What might be the best way for the Palestinians to regain control of their land, according to Abraham Tamir?