Purpose: To showwhy the Palestine/Israel conflict is based on the wrong perspective.
Thesis: The violence between Israel and Palestine is based on unjustifiable perspectives. The following justifications are used by both the Palestine/Hamas and Israel for the continuing conflict.
Justifications by the Israel government
Israel believes that Hamas and other religious groups in Palestine territory pose a security threat to Israel which they have to defend themselves against at all cost.
Israel government labels Palestine Hamas group as a terrorist group which plans to attack Israel and has to neutralize their actions.
Israel large control of the Gaza territory is to prevent entry of illegal firearms and other terrorist weapons of mass destruction.
The use of civilians as human shield by the Hamas group
The lack of a stable government in the two regions that guarantees security to both civilians living in West Bank and Gaza strip and the Israel territory
Violation of peace agreements by Hamas/Palestine
Retaliation attacks for assassinations of the upper echelon of their leadership by Israel military.
Continuous occupation of Palestinian land by Israelites.
Continuous deterioration of humanitarian conditions in Gaza occasioned by blockage of their borders to outside world by the construction of security walls.
Restrictions put in place by the Israel security operatives that prevent Palestinians from accessing places regarded as their territory especially East Jerusalem
Violation of peace agreements by Israeli security operatives.
Restriction of the Palestine Muslim population from accessing and control of the Al-Aqsa mosque.
How the arguments are insufficient and the alternatives
Both Israel and Palestine have continuously attacked each other in the name of retaliation. Both ought to embrace negotiations that will lead to a ceasefire and eventually to a peace treaty that places stiff consequences on the violator.
Enforcement of the 1947 border agreement backed by the UN and the Arab League nations to solve the land sharing and occupation claims.
Israel to reduce the restrictions put in place to allow more humanitarian assistance into Gaza and West bank areas.
Israel should ultimately allow the access and control of the Al-Aqsa mosque to the Palestine Muslim population.
Creation of strong economic ties like the Israel-Palestine Chamber of Commerce and Industry between the Palestine and Israel population. This cooperation would build trust among the two nations.
Yaalon, Moshe. "How to Build Middle East Peace." ForeignAffairs, vol. 96, no. 1, Jan/Feb2017
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TheTale of the Sick Princess
TheTale of the Sick Princessis a story inside the main story in Jurek Becker`s novel, Jacobthe Liar.According to the author, Jacob told this story to Lina for the sakeof giving her hope. The story was a metaphorical piece whichillustrated a princess, who became sick, and nobody could care forher and what she believed could only heal which was a rain cloud. Theprincess believed so much in clouds, so when a particular gardenerbrought the cloud, the princess got cured. The cloud was made ofcotton wool, and since the princess believed the clouds looked likethat, she received her healing. The paper discusses the analysisbetween what princesses believed could make her get healed and thefalse hopes that Jacob was telling Lina and other Jews in the novel.
Theprincess was a daughter of a good old king who loved her dearly.According to Jacob, the king loved the princess more than anythingelse in the universe, and whenever the princess got hurt and cried,the king could also cry (Becker, p.145). This part of the tale givesLina hope that, although her parents were long dead, there was stillhope and Jacob might have been that hope. It also shows how great thelove of a parent can be to their children. One day, the princesscould not leave her bed, and it scared the king who called in themost expensive medical practitioner to check on her (Becker, p.145).After the check-up, the doctor confirms that the princess issuffering from a disease not known to the doctor. The king was morethan scared, and he decided to visit her daughter in her room. Theking asked the princess what in the world she wished for, and theprincess said she wanted a cloud. The cloud would cure her disease,but not just a cloud the princess needed a real one (Becker, p.145).
Theact of the princess asking for a real cloud depicts how people ask oraspire to acquire something, but in reality, it becomes impossible.Jacob told Lina about this story to give her hope, which in realsense was far-fetched. There is inhumanity in the story because evenJews were mistreated as sub-humans by Germans in which Jacob couldlie to people through the radio by giving false hopes (Becker,p.146). The hopes did not save the Jews from Nazi hardships, butrather gave them the emotional strength that was essential in dealingwith the dreadful treatments they received from the officers, as wellas, the harsh environments. This can be interconnected by princess`sscenario where she suffers from pains which can relate to ruthlessexperience by Jews from Nazi officers. The garden boy is also inhumanjust like Jacob for giving her false hopes that a rainfall cloudcould cure her. However, the false hopes had a positive impact onprincess’s mind on how to deal with all the pains she wasexperiencing.
Afterthe king had heard the demands of the princess, he was shocked for heknew that even for him, it was impossible to get hold of a realcloud. However, the king had to find a way to fulfill the princess’sdemand, and so he placed a price for anyone who could bring the cloudto her daughter (Becker, p.146). The garden boy came to see theprincess and request whether he could bring the clouds to her. Theprincess believed that the clouds are made of cotton, and this is theanswer she gave to the garden boy (Becker, p.147). The gardenerenquired from the princess how big she believed the cloud could be.The princess says that she believes the cloud is as big as her pillowand she even demonstrates the size by drawing her window curtains(Becker, p.147). The garden boy agrees with the princess on the sizeof the cloud, but he does this in the name of giving the princesssome hope. Sometimes one has to show some agreement with otherpeople’s beliefs just to keep their hopes alive.
Thegarden boy had gotten into the mind of the princess and trusted inthat she believed in he precisely knew what to bring. Just like thegarden boy, Jacob knew that Lina and the other Jews in the ghettoneeded hope and someone who could give it to them and assumed to bethe person. The Jews were faithful and hopeful, and they believedthat they were to be saved some day. However, according to Jacob,this belief was not a reality. But he had to lie to them even thoughhe knew it was not the right thing to do. The garden boy knew he hadto lie to the princess just for her to get cured. He went out andshortly after came with a piece of cotton that was as big as the sizeof her pillow. The princess was so much delighted, ‘her eyes litup, her lips turned red, and she got well once again’ (Becker,p.147). The king was so happy with the incident, and he granted thegarden boy’s wish of wanting to marry the princess. As all fairytale stories end, the garden boy and the princess lived happily everafter.
Thetale of the sick princess teaches the reader to believe and havefaith in things even though they may be fanciful. As stated earlier,what one believes in, they become as so waiting for them to befulfilled. The tale also teaches the reader never to break whatothers believe in, even though it has no reality. If the garden boywere to tell the princess that the clouds are bigger than the size ofthe pillow, she could have lost hope and finally died. People shouldencourage others who are in a compromising situation and help thempush on despite the circumstances. According to Hornblow (par. 2),the novel Jacobthe Liarby Jurek Becker was a message of hope which included the story ofthe sick princess. Jacob was a source of hope to Lina and the otherJews, despite the fact that he used lies to bring that hope. One canbe cured by what they believe in, even though other people do not seeor agree with the same. According to an article on book review postedon WordPress.com, the moral of ‘The Tale of the Sick Princess’ isthat one can be cured by that which they believe in, despite it beingfanciful and unreal (Bwhite, par.3). The same way the fake cloudscured the princess, so was the Jews hope based on artificial truth byJacob. Lina also became hopeful from The Tale of the Sick Princesswhich was unreal.
Becker,Jurek. Jacob the Liar. Arcade, 2015. Page 145-147.
Bwhite.The Wall. WordPress.com. 9thThursday, 2014. Web. Accessed on 1stApril, 2017.
Hornblow,Deborah. A Message of Hope. Hartford Courant. 15 Dec, 2012. Web.Accessed on 1stApril 2017.
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