Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Timeline, History & Current Events Featured on Infoplease

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Reference Site Provides Perspective on Conflict on the Eve of Palestine’s Request for United Nations Statehood

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Few international disputes have generated the level of emotion and diplomatic gridlock as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now as Palestinians prepare to request statehood at the United Nations (U.N.), Infoplease is featuring in-depth information on the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that will help visitors place current events in historical context.

The site’s article “Early History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” traces the dispute back to the formation of modern Israel in 1948, detailing the Arab-Israeli wars that resulted in the expansion of Israeli territory. The article describes the clashes over religion, borders and territories, as well as the numerous times when peace seemed close, only to have hopes dashed at the last minute. A detailed Israeli-Palestinian conflict timeline walks visitors through a chronological history of the conflict from 1948-2000. The description of each milestone includes links to more detailed information.

A second in-depth article, “Recent History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” begins with the new millennium and the continued fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as interference from outside forces. From the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks to the rise of Hezbollah to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, incidents and circumstances in other countries have directly impacted the situation with Israel and the Palestinians. The article and its supporting timeline provide an overview of major negotiation attempts, along with key issues and events since 2000.

“Our country has played an ongoing role in attempting to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Jess M. Brallier, publisher, Infoplease. “Infoplease’s unbiased historical and current information about this dispute will help visitors form their own opinions on how the situation has evolved and the potential impact that U.N. recognition of Palestine would have on the United States.”

A page devoted to the history of the proposed Palestinian state offers visitors facts and figures on the region and its journey to the upcoming request for U.N. statehood, featuring landmarks along the way, such as the 1993 Oslo Accord and the rise of Hamas. The article concludes with the May 2011 reconciliation between Hamas and its rival Palestinian party, Fatah.

Infoplease’s biographies introduce visitors to key players in the conflict – both past and present. They will learn about Israeli political leader and Prime Minister Golda Meir, two-time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the roles of recent U.S. Presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama in the conflict. Biographies of Palestinian leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, and Yasir Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, are also featured. Profiles of other Middle Eastern countries, maps of the region and a glossary with definitions of terms, agreements and key locations in the conflict can be found on the site.

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