Does anyone remember how long the conflict between the Israelis and the Arabs lasted? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years, or more? How long? How about the conflict between the U.S. and its allies with Japan during world war II? Or between the U.S. and its allies against the Nazis in Germany? How long did they last?
As best as I can remember, the first conflict between the Jews and the Arabs began when prophet Abraham, a Jew, expelled his mistress Hagar, an Arab, and his newborn son, Ishmael, from his home to the hostile desert in favor of his Jewish wife, Sarah. According to the Muslims their prophet, Muhammad, is the descendant of Ishmael. Sarah was later pregnant and gave birth to Isaac, the ancestor of Jesus. In summary, Abraham had his first son, Ishmael, from Hagar, and his second son, Isaac, from Sarah. The Christians believe that Jesus was sent to the world by God; the Muslims believe that Muhammad was sent to the Arabs by their God, "Allah." But most Jews and Muslims don't believe that Jesus was the Son of God and neither the Christians nor the Jews believe that Muhammad was a messenger from God; although all three, Jews, Muslims, and Christians believe in the Jewish prophet, Abraham. Other than that, they really have nothing in common. They can not mutually agree on who is the real or the fake God - Jesus, Yahweh, or Allah? And to make matters worse, they love to try to convert each other into their faith, or religion - a major cause of dissension and friction for everyone.
I believe there can never be peace between the Jews and the Arabs in the Middle East. Why? Because their religion teaches them an "eye for an eye" and "tooth for a tooth". They don't believe that if someone slaps you on your right cheek you should give your other cheek also, as the Bible teaches. Or, if someone wants your shirt, give your pants also. None is willing to give up land without taking, or demanding more land from the other.
This land issue, I believe, is the main reason why there will never be peace between them. The Arabs say, "This is our house." The Jews say, "No, this is our house." And they were talking about the same house. President Barack Obama came along and said, "Quit bickering, guys. Share the house." The Jews said, "Okay, we take the front part of the house, and you Arabs take the back part of the house." The Arabs answered, "What are you talking about"? Moreover, the Jews don't trust the Arabs, and the Arabs don't trust the Jews. History tells us that the conflict between the Jews and the Arabs had been going for a very long time, as far back as to the time when Abraham and Muhammad were still alive. They, the Arabs and the Jews, are supposed to be like brothers since both, Ishmael and Isaac, were the children of Abraham. But they are not, they resent each other just like the Sunnis and the Shiites.
How many U.S. presidential elections or Presidents have we had for the last 30 or 40 years who tried to make a lasting peace between the Arabs and the Jews? Many. Did we get lasting peace? No, we see more problems now than before the peace deals. People say that we want peace, but they, the Arabs and the Jews, don't - until they can get rid of the other. After the war, after the Japanese and the Nazis surrendered, we have nothing more to worry. Can we say the same about the
Caliphate? Or, will the conflict - tooth for tooth - drags on for one thousand years?