Peace talks between Israel and Palestine have been stalled for over three years, and there are no indications that they will resume soon. How long will it be before Palestinians give up waiting and rebel?
This is the question King Abdullah of Jordan asked. The West Bank—an area the size of Delaware—lies on the west side of the Jordan River, with Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. Prior to the 1967 Six-Days War, this land was home to over three million Palestinians and was governed by Jordan. Since the Israeli victory, Israel has occupied the land, and the remaining Palestinians, left without a nation, have been struggling for independence.
The conflict has taken the lives of tens of thousands of innocent people. We are all more than familiar with the never-ending reports of suicide bombings, land mine explosions and rocket attacks plaguing the region.
The casualties peaked during two claimed intifadas (Arabic for rebellion). The First Intifada occurred from 1987 to 1993, and the Second Intifada, from 2000 to 2005. Both ended with an Israeli and international promise to bring peace.
But peace still eludes the region, and with peace talks stalled, one can only pray that a Third Intifada is not looming.