Why is Palestine not a state yet?

    1. Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet?

    2. Why does Israel from time to time build and destroy settlements in those areas?

    What is the fundamental problem between Israel and Palestine?

    **Proactive warning:** Before answering this question, please keep in mind that the Israel/Palestine conflict is a very hot issue with very emotionally invested people on both sides. When you write an answer, please try to stay impartial and try to address all the different viewpoints, including those you personally don't agree with.

    You forgot to mention that this is also a holy land for the muslims, and that the 6 days war is far from the only one that took place. On a different note, I think the risk for this question is more the length of the answer required ("put on hold as too broad") than the emotion of both parties.

    You question is mostly good, but I highly recommend that you change your title to make it a little less broad. There are literally series of books written about the topic your title, but the actual questions you ask are more specific.

    Because Israel has not yet experienced sufficient pressure to terminate the occupation in a manner acceptable to the Palestinian representatives.

    The first 5 points of history you wrote are completely unnecessary to answer the question and will only serve to cause debate.

    One interesting part of the question that hasn't been addressed is why a Palestinian state wasn't created in 1948-1967 when Arabs hold the now occupied territories.

    Here's a pretty accurate description of the problem.

  • Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet?

    Because Israel (backed by the United States) is against it. Almost every other country is ready to recognize Palestine. However, a UN veto by one of the Security Council's five permanent members, which includes the United States, is sufficient to block UN membership.

    Israel is against it because recognition of Palestine would require fixing some borders. Right now the borders are disputed, which means that in practice the militarily stronger side makes the rules, which is Israel. Also, according to the most plans for establishing Palestinian borders, Israel would lose access to some sources of fresh water (which in that region is an extremely important resource since it's so dry).

    Of note, while Israel has at times offered peace and recognition of Palestine, the draft agreements always specified a continued armed Israeli presence in Palestine so that Israeli forces could continue to conduct raids, etc, on the Palestinian side of the "border".

    The United States has historically backed Israel in order to maintain some control over the region; virtually everything else in the area is anti-U.S. So Israel was convenient as a kind of base for the U.S. - it could send fighter planes to Israel instead of having them fly from inefficiently far away; and plus, if things got really hairy in the middle east, Israel could do some of the actual fighting too.

    Nowadays with the development of drones, etc, it is less important to have a ground presence in the area. Also, the U.S. dependence on foreign oil is has been eased thanks to shale oil:

    The fraction of crude oil consumed in the U.S. that was imported went from 35% immediately before the 1973 oil crisis, peaked at 60% in 2005, and then returned to 35% by 2013[7] thanks to increased domestic production[8] from the shale oil boom.[9] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_energy_independence

    Therefore, maintaining control over the middle east is not such a big priority anymore. Ultimately, U.S. support for Israel is on the decline, though certainly the U.S. is still a lot more supportive of Israel than of Palestinians.

    What is the fundamental problem between Israel and Palestine?

    Well, the Palestinians were there first, and they were kicked out and marginalized by Israel so they hate that and fought back. Israel's point of view was that Israel is the only country in the world for Jews while the Palestinians, who are Arabs, have plenty of Arab countries to go to. So Israel fought back also. And of course the fighting results in deaths which have to be avenged, etc, so both sides are basically caught in a giant hate machine.

    This answer is highly misleading to the point of inaccuracy. Israel isn't opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state. Israel has offered to create on several times. Palestinians have rejected it each time. The reason there isn't a Palestinian state is because the Palestinians don't want one while Israel still exists. Poll data show that the majority of Palestinians are opposed to a two-state solution, and the leadership has acted in accordance with this.

    @Avi *The reason there isn't a Palestinian state is because the Palestinians don't want one* No, actually, they try to get recognized and Israel is opposed: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_the_State_of_Palestine#Application_for_UN_membership_2011 Of course, a peace agreement comes with a lot of strings other than being recognized as a state, such as a final settlement of border disputes, and one would really have to look at the whole package to decide whether Palestinian leadership was unreasonable to reject the proposal.

    `Thanks to shale oil, the U.S. is now the world's third-largest producer of crude oil`. This sentence is inaccurate: the US has been in the top three oil producer in the world since oil exploitation begun.

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    Reality needs to be accepted. Philistinian do not want their separate state, this is not appealing to mind. The Philistinian were ready for the two state solution, but the same were procrastinated and rejected by Mr. Netan Yahu " Israel can't afford to sign an agreement with Palestinians until they agree to recognize Jewish state, demilitarize their own", these were the delaying tactics. An independent country will have army, police, judiciary etc, how can Mr. Netan Yahu says that there will be no military or demilitarization

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