The Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupted again in early July after the bodies of three Israeli youth turned up in Palestinian territory. It’s the most deadly face-off between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip since the last series of rocket attacks in 2009.
The saga seems infinite: tenuous periods of calm punctuated by spates of extreme violence and desperation. At the most basic level, the struggle is over a slice of territory not much bigger than New Jersey, to which both sides claim ownership. But the roots of the conflict are deep and tangled, mired in complex issues of identity and displacement dating back to World War I. In examining the current situation in context, these four unbiased resources offer clues to why peace in this region remains so stubbornly elusive. Continue reading