In cause of the recent situation in Gaza, global governments are working together and independently to give advice and support to the governments of Palestine and Israel. As mainstream media coverage intensifies, the action provided by humanitarian and political institutions is gaining momentum, through a series of campaigns and meetings; those in power are prioritising a permanent resolution.
The Israeli-Palestinian debate began with the birth of major nationalist movements by the Jews and Arabs in the late 19th centuries. Their aims were to achieve independence and authority for themselves in the Middle East. The challenge to achieve this however, allowed the divergence to last. Today Palestinians inhibit Gaza – amongst the key issues are mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights and Palestinian freedom of movement. A favoured solution by both the citizens of Palestine and Israel is a formation of an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel. This is an idea, which has been attempted, though the two governments are challenged in trusting one another. Recently the divergence has grown stronger and an abundance of media coverage on the events has been seen globally. Whilst this is reportedly the most challenging time seen in the debate, it provides an opportunity for it to be solved properly and permanently.
In these situations, mainstream media coverage can direct attention to a far from uplifting view of the events. However, it can be uplifting to recognise that whilst the divergence coverage can be challenging to digest, it can alert citizens into action.
It is important to recognise the compassion that is brought about by these situations. Thousands of people from across the world have donated money to help those challenged in Gaza. Many people have generously paused their regular lives and volunteered to work with charities and join the aid operations. Peaceful campaigns have been seen in cities all over the world, organised in part by social media. Human rights charities have rallied their resources together and are prioritising the wellbeing of those affected by the situation. Whilst a challenge for those involved, it may be inspiring to recognise the sheer selflessness of many people who are working to balance the challenging events seen in many news outlets.
Due to the globalisation of technology, the news of the divergence in Gaza can reach millions of people across the globe and thus inspire them into action. Views via social media, websites and blogs can be expressed and recognised, and as noted above, peaceful campaigns can be organised, which allow citizens to promote their opinions and to be heard by relevant governments. The abundance of technology allows politicians to connect and forms strong bonds of power to unite and offer support, advice and pressure to the governments of Palestine and Israel. In turn, the global coverage of their views can teach citizens about human rights laws and encourage productive ideas about how to live.
David Cameron and US president Barack Obama share the view that Israel rightfully holds justification to defend their country, though their priority is to assist in finding a solution to the divergence. Many other political leaders are holding conferences and attempting to communicate with the leaders of Israel and Palestine to bring a solution. Meanwhile Amnesty International, The Red Cross, Oxfam and many other humanitarian organisations are working in Gaza, they have initiated web campaigns and are pressuring international governments to increase their action. The power and strength of those involved in implementing a solution may give these countries a firm chance of finding a permanent solution. This situation may lead to a rebirth of the country and a revolutionary development of the longstanding debate to protect future generations.
How would you conduct a political solution to the Palestine – Israeli divergence?