From the minute that Israel once again became an independent nation in 1948, Arabs in the Middle East have aggressively fought against the existence of Israel, claiming the land is theirs.
When Egypt invaded Israel in 1967, Egypt and fellow Middle Eastern countries and much of the world were shocked when Israel not only ended the attack in just 6 days, but also conquered the Sinai, Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Israel ended up returning the Sinai to Egypt, but has held onto the Gaza Strip and West Bank, much to the ire of groups like Hamas and the Palestinians.
Muslim Arabs continued to establish settlements in the West Bank, claiming the land was theirs, but that will change if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets re-elected.
BBC News – Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected – Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected.
Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday and Mr Netanyahu is competing for votes with right-wing parties who support annexing part of the West Bank.
The settlements are illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
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Israel has settled about 400,000 Jews in West Bank settlements, with another 200,000 living in East Jerusalem. There are about 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank…
Netanyahu is facing stiff competition this year, along with various charges filed against him by liberals, much like what Democrats have been trying to do to US President Donald Trump.
If Netanyahu is elected and does annex the West Bank, it is certain to touch off many riots and attacks by the Palestinians and from Hamas.
Violence will break out because the Arab Muslims believe the land is theirs, forgetting that Israel owned all of that land centuries before their prophet Muhammad was ever born.
This is why I believe that it is impossible to expect any kind of peace in the Middle East.
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