I know bupkiss about Israel and the general conflicts in that particular part of the world. I have this strong desire to know more about the background regarding the Jews, Lebonese, Syrians, Iranians, Hezbalah, Hamas, Palestinians, etc. and how they all play a role in the current skirmishes. I’ll tell you some of my thoughts and what I think I know and then you can fill in the rest for me.
I suck at US history, I sat next to a beautiful girl (who was a senior, I was a mere junior) in History class. But I did gleen a few things about Israel and the Jews. The area referred to as Zion was supposed to be the resting place for the Jewish nation. That, historically, has been less than successful. Jews have continuously been prosecuted throughout the ages and throughout Europe and the middle east. The Arabs and the Jews have been sometimes forced together to fight common enemies and other times were, to each other, the enemy. The Jews have been under the direction or control of numerous parties throughout history.
Recently, it seems that just when they get things settled down, things become unsettled.
First, Briefly describe the relation between Lebenon, Palestine and Israel.
Israel, US ally, why? What prompted our bond with Israel in the first place? How strong is it?
Israel has given in before by handing (returning) over land to the Palestinians, right (Gaza strip and West bank)? Wasn’t this supposed to quell the violence and satisfy the terrorists?
How strong is Israel’s millitarily and how did they get so strong given their location among their enemies? IOW, why weren’t they overcome long ago, before they were able to develop their millitary might? I sense that the Arab world around them would rather see them not exist and that it may have been that way forever.
I also sense that if the US wasn’t an ally of Israel that they would have been squashed by now.
Iranian missiles are being launched into Israel proper and probably from launched from locations that deter Israel from striking back with force (private homes, schools, Religious sites, etc). So Israel must invade with ground troops and to house to house searches to find the missiles, time consuming and deadly.
Israel is being provoked, for whatever reasons make sense to the terrorists, maybe they want a multi-country war to put an end to Israel once and for all.
If Syria, and or Iran get more involved in some type of war, is it a given that the US will get heavily involved? Will Russian countries step in? China? Who would be on whose side?
What are some general misconceptions and what are some things that are taken for granted and possibly overlooked regarding this theatre.
Lastly, give me your personal thoughts on this topic.