Conflict in Palestine: Jews, Arabs and the Middle East Since by Josh Brooman

By Josh Brooman

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When Lebanon became independent in 1 945 power was shared between these groups. The President was a Maronite, the Prime Minister a S unni , and the Speaker of Parliament a Shi'ite . This arrangement worked well for several years , with each group trying to co-operate with the others. After 1 948 , however the Arab-I sraeli conflict made it difficult for them to work together. As you have read, in 1 949 Lebanon had to make room for 1 00,000 Palestinian refugees fleeing from I sraeL This upset the delicate balance of Lebanon's population.

First the very fact that he was in Israel showed that Egypt now recognised Israel's existence. Second the visit led to peace talks between Egypt and Israel . during the next two years . The most important of these took place at Camp David , ·rhe US President's holiday retreat in Maryland , U S A . At Camp David i n September 1 97 8 the Israeli Prime Minister , Menachim Begin, talked about peace with President Sadat under the chairman hip of President Carter of the U S A . They agreed that Israel would gradually leave Sinai and go back to the borders of 1 94 8 .

Israel after the Lebanon War After Israeli forces withdrew from Lebanon in 1 985 the I sraeli government made attempts to improve its relations with the Arab states. Prime Minister Shimon Peres had talks in Morocco with K ing Hassan and in Egypt with President Mubarak in 1 986 . He also settled a long-standing dispute with Egypt over who owned Taba, a small area in Sinai, by agreeing to let an international court decide the ISSUe. The Israeli government , however, was not united in this approach to the Arabs .

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