Does Israel have a legitimate right to exist as an independent state?

For decades the conflict between Israel and its neighbors has been the dominant issue not only in Middle Eastern politics but also in world politics. At the heart of the conflict is a dispute over land. Your reading activity for module 5 examines the historical background to this conflict.

The BBC Web site devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict provides a brief chronology of key developments and contains links to more detailed information, maps, and relevant documents that you will find useful for your discussion.
Discussion Question
Does Israel have a legitimate right to exist as an independent state? State specific reasons why or why not.

If you feel that it does, what territory should be included within its borders? How do you suggest Palestinian claims to the contested territories be handled?

If you feel that it doesnt, what kind of state should exist in the territory that currently constitutes Israel?

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