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Hitler said that jews were bad enough to be killed. However, I totally disagree with his point of view. Racism is just like a bad virus, which is a big threat to the stability of the entire world. In general, Jews are not bad at all. In fact, I know a couple of jews who are perhaps the nicest people on the planet.

Hence, putting an entire race of people into a single umbrella of ‘bad’ all because of irrational reasons is not fair at all. The world would be a better place if we would bring humanity above all religions and races.

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On the surface it does sure seem like it would be a good idea for Israel and Palestine to just become just become independent countries. And, in fact, that is what is known as the two-state solution. However, there are four main reasons standing in the way of solving this critical, decades-long problem: borders, Jerusalem, refugees and security. Where to draw the borders is an issue since the borders that existed before the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 have “changed” due to Israeli settlements that continue to grow along and within the West Bank.

In Jerusalem, it’s even more difficult to agree on where to draw the border as Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites all exist practically on top of one another. Almost five million Palestinians refugees want to return to their original homes and Israel believes these large numbers would end Israel’s Jewish majority and democracy. And for Palestinians, security means an end to Israeli occupation. For Israelis, security means removing Hamas and being able to keep an Israeli military presence in parts of the West Bank.

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The Israelis and Palestinians are still fighting over control of the land known as Gaza and the West Bank, more specifically how to or even whether to divide the land between the two peoples. Assuming most agree with a two-state solution, it is still not an easy problem to solve. There are four main reasons standing in the way of solving this critical, decades-long problem: borders, Jerusalem, refugees and security. Where to draw the borders is an issue since the borders that existed before the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 have “changed” due to Israeli settlements that continue to grow along and within the West Bank. In Jerusalem, it’s even more difficult to agree on where to draw the border as Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites all exist practically on top of one another.

Almost five million Palestinians refugees want to return to their original homes and Israel believes these large numbers would end Israel’s Jewish majority and democracy. And for Palestinians, security means an end to Israeli occupation. For Israelis, security means removing Hamas and being able to keep an Israeli military presence in parts of the West Bank.

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Dictionary.com defines Zionism as a noun which means “a worldwide Jewish movement that resulted in the establishment and development of the state of Israel”. The word was coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum. Birnbaum studied law, philosophy and Near Eastern studied at the University of Vienna from 1882 to 1886.

He was one of the founders of central European Zionism. He was also a journalist and essayist who wrote many Jewish pamphlets and periodicals in central Europe in the German language. He lived in Vienna and in Germany. He left Germany around 1933 for the Netherlands after the rise of Nazism and he died in the Netherlands in 1937.

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The Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories (the West Bank including the Old City of Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip) is now in its fifth decade. The occupation started after Israel’s decisive victory in the Third Arab-Israeli War or what is sometimes called the Six-Day War (June, 1967). Why Israel is still there is an excellent question but one that the international community cannot agree on.

Many, including the United Nations, will argue Israel is violating international law by not only continuing to occupy but also by expanding their settlements in the occupied areas. I think Israel believes they have a right to be there because they won the war in 1967 and the land now belongs to them.

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The northern part of Egypt was once a very popular place for foreign tourists to visit. Unfortunately, it has recently become a terrorism hot bed of violence. This is due to the fact that ISIS has a heavy presence in the north of the Sinai Peninsula and ISIS has a way of inspiring local extremist groups.

For example, ISIS was responsible, in 2017, for a Sufi mosque attack that killed over 300 people. Prior to that, in 2015, a bomb attack killed all 224 passengers and crew aboard Metroject Flight 9268 shortly after departure from Sinai's Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. ISIS has also targeted Coptic Christian churches and pilgrims.

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There are many reasons why everything looks extremely bad whenever jews are involved in it. The biggest reason for this is because a major portion of the world dislikes jews. There are many reasons for this, though most happen to be religious.

A great majority of Christians do not prefer to side with the Jews due to the death of Jesus, as they believe that Jesus was God on Earth. Many modern leaders do not blame the jews for Jesus’s death. Same goes for Muslims, as they have their own religious reasons to look down upon the jews.

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Hamas is an Islamist Palestinian political organization and militant group that currently controls Gaza. Hamas has long wanted to destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian state. So they are basically fighting over the land. (Gaza was originally controlled by Egypt until 1967, but then Israel occupied it during the Six-Day War.) Hamas has been attacking Israel since Hamas’s founding in 1987.

In the 1900’s and 2000’s, they attacked Israel mostly with suicide bombers but have since used mostly rocket attacks. Although Hamas controls Gaza, it is under an Israeli blockade which makes life very difficult for the people living there. The blockade began when the Israelis feared the inflow of commercial goods into Gaza could be used to make weapons against Israel.

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At a January 2018 meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said, “…all have fallen into a pattern of ‘managing, rather than resolving’ the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts.” He also said, “it was time to end this paralysis, show political leadership and push for policies on the ground that rebuild trust.”

However, the United States president, Donald Trump, has complicated the peace discussions at the UN and the structure of UN resolution voting makes it difficult to reach agreement. The UN situation is just as complicated and confusing as all the other issues related to the Palestinians and Israelis.

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I would not say America has always supported Israel in its fight against its Arab neighbors but they certainly have almost always supported Israel. I say this because in the 1956 Suez War, Israel, the UK, and France fought against Egypt but at the time, the American President Eisenhower was not supportive. Also President Obama had some disagreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; the two leaders clashed regularly over issues like settlements and Iran.

Some reasons for American support include serious patronage for Israel among the American public, the influence of the pro-Israel lobby, the presence of a stable democracy in the Middle East which also helps to serve as a buffer against Russian influence, and a common interest in fighting terrorism.

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