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Israeli President Isaac Herzog addressed an international press group on Thursday, where he took questions about Israel attacking Hamas in retaliation for Saturday’s massacre.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a deep struggle, intertwined with historical and religious narratives that have shaped its course for generations.
Central to this conflict is the land of historical and religious significance to both Jewish and Palestinian communities. The Bible plays a pivotal role, with its promise of the land of Canaan to the descendants of Abraham. For Jewish people, this territory represents the biblical Promised Land, where their forebears settled following their exodus from Egypt. It is the sacred homeland of biblical figures like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and King David.
From a Palestinian perspective, their connection to the land is also rooted in biblical heritage, tracing their origins back to the ancient Canaanites and Philistines. Regardless of their religious background, many Palestinians view themselves as descendants of these early inhabitants.
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Jerusalem, a city revered by all three major monotheistic religions, occupies a central role in this conflict. In Judaism, it is synonymous with the Holy Temple and the Western Wall. For Christians, it is linked to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, while for Muslims, it houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site.
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This picture taken on July 30, 2020 from the Mount of the Olives shows a view of an Israeli flag flying in Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock seen in the background. (AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Protestors wave flags as thousands of Israelis attend a rally against Israeli government’s judicial overhaul plan on March 27, 2023 in Jerusalem. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
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The Zionist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries played a pivotal role in igniting these tensions. Zionists sought to create a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine, grounded in the belief in the Jewish people’s rightful return to their biblical homeland, a vision rooted in biblical narratives.
The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 marked a significant turning point. While some Jews saw it as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy, it resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs and the creation of a Palestinian refugee population.
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These biblical and historical perspectives have added intensity to an already complex emotional and destructive dispute, fueling the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Amidst political negotiations and religious aspects shaping the narratives, perceptions and emotions of both Israelis and Palestinians. Finding a resolution that addresses these deeply ingrained conflict remains a challenge in the pursuit of lasting peace in the region.