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Extremism in Israel and Palestine: A Roadblock to Peace
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The recent conflict between Israel and Palestine has again brought the world’s attention to a standing and deeply rooted issue. As we witness the images of violence and suffering on both sides it becomes clear that extremism on any side only worsens the situation. While there are grievances and aspirations on both sides it is important to acknowledge that extremism on either end only continues the cycle of violence. In order to find a lasting solution it is crucial that we recognize the pursuit of peace as the way

Extremism has greatly hindered any prospects for lasting peace in the Israel Palestine conflict over generations. On the one hand there are factions who resort to violence and resistance at any cost in their quest for a state. These extremist groups advocate for the elimination of the State of Israel which contradicts the principles of coexistence and diplomacy. They employ terror tactics such as rocket attacks and suicide bombings inflicting pain and fear upon civilians. This path of violence only perpetuates suffering and destruction. On the side there are individuals, with views who argue for the growth of Israeli settlements, in the West Bank and in certain instances disregard the rights of Palestinians. This expansionist ideology at its worst ignores the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people, deepens the rift between the two communities and creates an atmosphere of distrust, anger and resentment which prevents hope the availability of any reasonable dialogue and agreement occurs. The tragic consequence of these extreme circumstances is a cycle of violence and suffering that affects the lives of ordinary people on both sides of the conflict and innocent children, women and men bear the brunt of this harshness the burden of this. Trapped in a relentless cycle of violence, unable to escape the violence and uncertainty that has plagued their lives for generations It is important to understand that extremism is not representative of the broader Israeli and Palestinian populations, most of whom yearn for peace, . security and a bright future. These fanatics do not speak for anyone, and their actions do not satisfy the legitimate grievances and aspirations of their people.

The truth is, extremism and violence are both counterproductive and counterproductive to the wishes of the vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians who want peace, security and a better future for their children. Extremists are not representative of society as a whole, and their actions only serve to undermine the legitimate grievances and aspirations of those people. Peace is not a zero-sum game, and both sides must realize that their destinies are intertwined. It should be made clear here that both sides of this article have some validity, but they are fundamentally wrong in practice It only takes a few minutes on social media to convince supporters of Israel that Supporting Palestine is tantamount to supporting Hamas, which could not be far from the truth. Along those same lines, wearing pro-Palestinian clothing doesn’t just make you anti-Semitic or incompatible with the Jewish state.

In recent years, we have seen a glimmer of hope as dialogue and cooperation were prioritized over violence. By normalizing relations between Israel and many Arab states, the Abrahamic Pact has demonstrated that diplomacy can achieve previously unimaginable success, but the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains is an obvious wound that needs to be healed. The international community also has an important role to play in promoting peace. Rather than fragmenting it, diplomacy should guide the actions of states and global institutions. Work must be done to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to come to the table with open hearts and minds ready to negotiate a firm compromise for peace. A two-state solution that respects Israeli and Palestinian rights, guarantees security and dignity remains a viable option

It is important to remember that extremes only strengthen the position of those who thrive on disagreement. Extremists use the suffering and despair of their people to justify their actions, further deepening the divide between the two communities. In the eyes of extremists, any act of violence, any atrocity, is a manipulation of their minds. This toxic feedback is used to justify more violence, more acts of terror, more revenge, and more hatred that often exacerbates the suffering of those people, preventing constructive dialogue and destroying hope any possibility of a peaceful solution. Resolving this cycle of violence and division is an ethical and strategic requirement. It is the only way to move closer to a just and lasting peace that Israelis and Palestinians deserve. Rejecting extremism and the violence it creates can create space for genuine dialogue and reconciliation. The international community must be united in its determination to challenge and isolate extremist voices, while empowering the balance of forces that seek genuine peace.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has cost untold lives and caused unimaginable suffering for far too long. It is time to acknowledge that both extremists are wrong and that a peaceful, negotiated settlement is the only way forward. By choosing peace over radicalism, we can help build a brighter future for Israelis and Palestinians, where they can live together, prosper and create a more hopeful world for generations to come. Not only is peace possible; This is the option that truly serves everyone’s best interests.

Iuri M. Piovezan is a graduate student at Villanova University studying Political Science. He has also received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from Temple University in 2022.

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