The Arab-Israeli conflict is like a tangled mess of cords. It has been going on for so long with so many changing groups, beliefs, and powers that we are now left with a big ball of confusion and hurt. No one knows exactly what lead to one thing or another or what the direct motivation behind things are anymore. Because this is so entangled, it can be very difficult to know where to start in order to untangle the conflict and find peace. If both parties do not cooperate, however, nothing will change.
The people of Palestine are presented with living in very inhumane conditions, as shown in Carol Zaru’s talk on Tuesday about what it was like to live under occupation. There are curfews put upon them without any notice or warning, random checkpoints that could turn a fifteen minute drive into a two hour drive, as well as power and water being cut off without any idea of when it will be back.
The United States also does not fully understand or acknowledge both sides of the conflict, siding with the Israelis. They need to step back and fully commit to learning and hearing both sides of the story before making a judgement. I realize that this can be difficult to do, but an effort should be made. We need to be educated on Palestinians and everything they are going through, and increase pressure on Israel to change their ways.
If this happens, there is a greater chance that dialogue will become more open and involved, that people will listen to each other instead of a “he said/she said” battle. Perhaps then a fair compromise that will please both parties will one day be reached, and the cords will finally be untangled.