The Conflict Over Territory Is Because Of Religious Belief Or Political Interference

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Are religious beliefs about and attachments to the land more of a hindrance than a help in finding peace in Israel-Palestine? In your response compare and contrast Jewish and Islamic perspectives. To a certain extent, the current conflict in Israel can be defined as religious; this is predominantly due to the beliefs and attachments Abrahamic religions hold to the land. The conflict stems from the inability to share ownership of what the religions consider to be their holy land (Dowty, 2012, p.2); thus, territory is the foremost cause of the Israel/Palestine conflict, but it is questionable as to whether this is a religious matter or a political matter (Eugene Korn, 2008, p.x). Consequently, this essay will discuss and conclude whether the…show more content…
Therefore, religion has become intertwined in a dispute over territory because both parties have used religious beliefs to defend their nationalist attachments; thus, religious beliefs and attachments to the land hinder peace because the opposing beliefs conflict one another causing increased tension. But, it is disputable as to whether religion or political attachments have more of a role in preventing peace. The Jewish involvement with Israel/Palestine can be traced back to 2000 BCE, when Abraham, who the Jews claim is their oldest ancestor (Little, 2007, p.303), followed a message from God to immigrate to the Land of Canaan (Genesis 12:5), which is modern day Israel. Since this point, the Jewish people have fought to reside in Israel because it is the land that God promised them in the covenant he created with Abraham. Although this ideology is rooted in the biblical rights to the land, Theodore Herzl, who initiated Zionism to regain authority over Israel, intended for the movement to be political (Little, 2007, p.305), thus

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