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Published:January 28th, 2010 17:16 EST
Western Powers and Israel, why tensions are high in the Middle East, Continued

Western Powers and Israel, why tensions are high in the Middle East, Continued

By Chris Carucci

Western Powers and Israel, why tensions are high in the Middle East

July 31st 2006, Lebanese protest against Israel. Photo Credit Ted Szukalski

Gamal Abdel Nasser, who became the President of Egypt after a 1954 military coup, soon began to talk with other Arabic countries, planning to retake Israel. Einstein, a notorious political figure in the dealings of Israel, sent letters to Nasser, showing him that he had been offered the Presidency of Israel. He had wanted to meet with Nasser to talk about the current situation, however Nasser responded only by stating later that it was not the right time due to the political turmoil taking place within the Middle East.

In 1964 Israel began diverting waters from the Jordan River, originating in the Golan Heights, to establish it`s new National Water Carrier. Soon after, Syria constructed its own facility, which the IDF(Israeli Defense Force) frequently launched attacks upon.

In 1967, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt massed troops on the Israeli border, refusing to acknowledge Israel`s creation as a State from the original Palestinian lands. A larger amount of Arab States Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also contributed soldiers to the attack. The Israeli-Arab war in 1967 would later become known as the six day war. Due to U.S military supply, Israel was more modern in military technology then the surrounding Arab States, allowing it a decisive edge in the fight. The Israeli air force is attributed to the victory by destroying the entire Egyptian air force as it was grounded.

Following the Israeli-Arab war, a title that can lead to an understanding of the overwhelming discontent for Israeli`s formation, the PLO(Palestinian Liberation Army) formed. They believed that an armed struggle was the only way to reclaim their lost territory. This led to wide spread attacks on Israeli assets throughout the world, eventually leading to the 1972 Israeli Athlete Massacre at the Olympics.

In September of 1967, The Khartoum Arab Summit issued widely known "three no`s", stating that there would be "no peace, no recognition and no negotiation with Israel". Throughout the time before the Yom Kippur war, Israel began erecting vast fortifications spending in excess of $500 million. In 1970 Gamal Abdel Nasser died, he was succeeded by Anwar Sadat, who together with Syria, vowed to retake the lands lost in the Six-Day War, following The Khartoum Arab Summit`s resolution.

On October 6, 1973 Yom Kippur was underway in Israel. Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack on Israel. The Israeli government, led by Golda Meir, argued that allowing the Syrians and Egyptians to strike first would allow them to have more leverage in the U.N. The Israeli government was largely credited with ignoring various signs of the attacks. Golda Meir, known as the "Iron Lady" was later forced to step down through public discontent, as a large amount of evidence showed the intentions of the Egyptian and Syrian forces.

As a result of the ignored warnings by the Israeli government, a large portion of the Israeli military was destroyed, the U.S soon resupplied them almost instantly with tanks and fighter planes, allowing the Israeli`s to launch a massive counter attack, retaking much of the occupied land from the Syrians and Egyptians after a few days stale mate. Under threat of full involvement and the readying of the Russian air force, the Israeli`s halted their advance 50 miles from Cairo and 20 miles from Damascus.

By understanding Israel`s history, and our involvement in the Middle East during its creation and continued existence, it is easy to see why the Arab States are highly agitated with the U.S occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and why there is an incredible amount of tension with Israel, for the vast majority of the neighboring States believed Israel to be illegitimate. With the Stern group, an underground Israeli defense force that was responsible for numerous terrorist attacks towards the native Arab population, and the counter attacks by the Arab underground army, it is easy to explain the turmoil in the Middle East today.

By understanding the views of other countries, we are more capable of working with them, there has been a great bias due to the lack of understanding their history and culture. Further, the use of U.S corporations formerly headed by U.S officials, such as Haliburton, Dick Cheney, and the former Director of Chevron, Condoleezza Rice, you can understand how they view us as imperialist, as surely we are there for U.S profit, rather than teaching the populations how to rebuild their own country, giving jobs to tens of thousands, and raising the economy.

July 31, 2006, Lebanese protest against Israel. Photo Credit Ted Szukalski