Divided countries

A novel way of looking at the Israel-Palestine issue is to consider Israel as a divided country, like several others in the world.  For example:

  1. Ireland:  There has been a movement for the unification of the whole of Ireland into one country for generations.  The fact is that Ireland is split into the Republic of Eire, established in 1949 and Northern Ireland, that is part of the United Kingdom. Everyone knows that the difference between these two entities is that Eire is Catholic and Northern Ireland is Protestant, both containing minorities of the other. Not many people seem to realize that the Protestant minority in Eire has never been mistreated and has been protected as they should be in a democracy.  However, in Northern Ireland the situation has been completely different, with an ongoing civil war between Protestants and Catholics.  This has in the past few years yielded to a peaceful resolution in which the UK has devolved some sovereignty to the Northern Ireland Parliament in Stormont.  Whether this movement will eventually lead to a fully united Ireland remains to be seen.
  2. Cyprus: A civil war in Cyprus between the Greek and Turkish communities led to the invasion of the island by the Turkish Army in 1974 and the division of the island between the Greek Republic of Cyprus in the south and the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.  This posting results from comments made by Pres. Obama and PM Tsipras of Greece at their press conference in Athens, where they commented on the Cyprus situation.  Both agreed that it is now up to the leaders of the two sides in Cyprus to overcome their differences and only then can the international community support the withdrawal of Turkish forces and a resolution of the partition of the island.
  3. Korea: The partition of the Korean peninsula dates from the Korean war of 1950-53 in which it was divided into the communist north and the democratic South. Although Chinese forces enabled the separation of the North, these forces have been withdrawn and N. Korea is a sovereign and very aggressive Stalinist country, unique in the world.  The likelihood of the reunification of Korea is so remote at present that one cannot see it eventually occurring without the defeat of the North and possibly a major war.
  4. Vietnam:  Why is Vietnam on this list, since it is not divided?  But, as everyone knows it was divided like Korea into Communist North Vietnam and democratic South Vietnam.  However, South Vietnam was very corrupt and it became the American cause for the Vietnam War to protect it.  Eventually this failed and North Vietnam won and the US was forced to withdraw and Vietnam was reunited by force in 1973.
  5. Syria and Iraq:  Today the news is full of the fighting in Syria and Iraq over the counter-attacks against the Islamic State entrenched in Raqqa, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq. The moves to reunite Syria and Iraq may never bear fruit, due to internal divisions between Sunnis and Shia forces in both countries.
  6. Israel: A part of Israel that has been designated as the West Bank of the Jordan River was captured and illegally occupied by the State of Jordan in 1948.  After the 1967 Six-Day War it was subsequently reoccupied by Israel, the sovereign inheritor of the British Mandate. Part of the West Bank was transferred to Palestine Authority control as a result of the Oslo Accords of 1993.  However, if one considers that there has never been any Arab or Palestinian sovereignty of this area (its previous sovereign was Turkey) and that it was illegally acquired in an occupying war, then the reunification of the area with the State of Israel, as in the cases above, would be the most appropriate resolution of the conflict

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