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 Palestine
Dr Mandy Turner

18th Feb 2010

Our speaker, Dr Mandy Turner, is a lecturer in “Conflict Resolution” who if she manages her subject successfully will be unique. Her subject today was the conflict between Israel and Palestine . Since the Romans invaded Judea and renamed it Palestine , followed by the Arabs who conquered it and ruled for 1000 years and then the Zionist movement was formed to restore it to the Jews there has been no resolution to the conflict between the two races.

 

Many have tried and failed. Today Dr Turner told us about the situation as it has developed from the end of the Second World War.  The maps she used clearly showed the gradual progress of Israel ’s expansion as it moved to occupy the majority of this 10,000 sq mile land. After the 1947 Labour Government reneged on their promise to support the Jews they were forced by terrorism to declare Palestine ungovernable and asked the UN to take the mandate. In 1947 the UN proposed that Palestine should be divided into two states of approximately equal proportions even though of the 2 million population only one third were Jewish.

 

  Israel would not accept this proposal with the result that the Arabs invaded the country in May 1948. This was followed by another war in 1967 which won the Israelis more territory and changed the balance of power. The proposals derived from discussions in Oslo 1993 and Geneva 2003 do not seem to have lessened the conflict and Israelis and Palestinians continue to kill each other. Proportional representation in the Palestinian elections seems to have made things worse with Hamas and Fatah fighting each other as well as Israel although it is thought that the majority of Palestinians wish their government to recognise Israel . Solutions are not apparent and stalled peace talks and ineffectual US diplomacy are forecast for 2010.


On 4th March we will be having our last talk at Otley Civic Centre when Mr Jack Swindells will tell us about his passion for Cricket as he takes his 2nd Innings at 10-00am.

It will not be our last meeting at the Civic Centre; that will be our AGM on 18th March.

 

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