Influence of the Superpowers in the Middle East Conflict between 1949 and 1978

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To what extent was the Middle East conflict between 1948 and 1978 fuelled by the interests and concerns of the superpowers in the region? During 1948 and 1978 there was massive conflict in the Middle East between Arab Muslim countries and Jewish Israel. The conflict itself was fuelled by nationalism and religious differences and other disputes such as the Palestinians refugee problem. During this time the superpowers got involved in the Middle East because of the cold war. However, the superpowers involvement was noticeable by their attempts to implement their respected influences in the Middle East to gain power with respect to their political and economical policies of the world and become “the ultimate superpower”. Thus the superpowers were involved and contributed to the conflict but in a very small way compared to nationalism and religious differences in the Middle East. During 1948 and 1978 there was massive conflict in the Middle East between Arab Muslim countries and Jewish Israel. This conflict was caused by nationalism and religious differences. Israel was declared a state on the 14 May 1948 this led to the Arab states attacking Israel in attempt to destroy Israel completely so that it would seize to exist as a state. The attack of the Arab states on Israel led to the war of 1948, which ended in 1949 with Israel being victorious. This war added even more fuel to the Middle East conflict as over a million Palestinians became refugees and were scattered over the
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