Israeli sovereignty in the game of chess

by Leah Rosenberg

Israeli sovereignty is like a game of chess, one side being the right and the other left. It is a political game between two sides, with both sides trying to do what they think is best for all parties involved.

In 1967, the 6 day war, Israel re-captured the Golan Heights, the Gaza strip and the West Bank also known as Judea and Samaria, which included east Jerusalem where the Western Wall is, the heart of the Jewish People. Israel gained sovereignty over these places but the question between the right side of the political spectrum and the left side.

The left established the movement Peace Now in 1978, there aim is to provide a two state solution. At a time when talks between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat looked close to collapsing.

On September 12th 1993, the Oslo Accords were signed between the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Yassar Arafat. This was helped with the Clinton Administration. From the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority was created in 1994. This was a win for the Peace Now Movement. The Accords although did not create a two-state solution, gave the Palestinian Authority the sovereignty to rule over certain areas, such as Ramallah, Nablus, Jericho, and Bethlehem. This was when Israeli and Palestinians began talking and this would be a step towards peace.

However, the right felt very different. After 1967 the right established settlements on the ground, places such as Hevron, Efrat, Alon Shvut and many other communities were established. The 6-day war was a win for the right, Israel gained sovereignty over land and most importantly Israel regained sovereignty over the Western Wall, the heart to the Jewish People.

The protesters and the demonstrations that were held by the right did not help and in 2005 Israel gave sovereignty of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority. This was a blow for the right. The Israel Defense Force were forced to remove people from their homes, the communities they had built from scratch were now destroyed. However, what the government thought would help with the peace process ended up being a big blow.

There, however, can not be an Arab terror state in the heart of the Jewish State. Since losing sovereignty in the Gaza Strip, Israel has been shaken to its core, there has been nothing but rockets coming over from Gaza to the southern cities of Israel. Israel is a small country surrounded by enemies, the only democracy in the middle east. Israel needs sovereignty in certain areas to help it grow and keep the peace in the middle east.

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