The Beginning of the Middle East

About the creation of israel and middle east tensions

The Beginning

There was a large growing need for a Jewish state emigration quota laws and a long history of prosecution of European Jewish population had created a mass population of Jewish people with no real neutral place to go. Immigration and conflicts in Palestine had not been prosperous in creating any sort of agreement.
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map of the original partition plan in 1947 and Jewish settlements before the partition plan
"United Nations Palestine Partition Plan 1947." UN Palestine Partition Plan of 1947 Israel Map. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2014.


Following World War 2 Britain had assumed control of Palestine however unrest was a growing concern and in 1947 Britain handed over the matter to the united nations who in 1948 decided to create a homeland for the European Jewish population Israel was created however surrounding nations warned right from the beginning that this would not be a lasting solution and made it clear this would not work out however in 1947b the united nations approved the partition plan.


The UN’s 1947 partition plan advocated that Jerusalem become an international zone. In the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Israel took control of the western part of Jerusalem, while Jordan took the eastern part, including the old walled city containing an important Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious site. The 1949 armistice line cut the city in two. Israel regards Jerusalem as its “eternal capital.” Most of the international community considers East Jerusalem part of the occupied West Bank. Palestinians envision East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.