The Middle East is a land with great amounts of resources, history, and political strife (violence). Over the course of several centuries tension between this region and the so called "Western Powers" (Brittany, France, the U.S., etc.) has been common.
Currently, the U.S. along with its allies (members of the U.N.) are trying to find a path to peace. This is not an easy task however, as there are many groups in the area that want very different things.
Goal: Your goal is to research the history, culture, politics, and goals of the people/area. You will use this knowledge to produce a plan for peace that will be presented to the U.N.
Task: You will write an essay detailing a plan for peace in the Middle East, focusing specifically on Israel.
You will write an essay, standard format (12 pt. font, double spaced). The essay will have an intro and conclusion paragraph, organizational parts, and will be a minimum of 2 1/2 pages in length.
The questions that must be answered in your essay are:
Historically, who has lived in this area? What wars have been influential?
What are the main groups and people on both sides of the conflict?
What is the current living situation (where and how are the Palestinians living, and where are the Israelis living)? Is this working? Hint: Many Palestinians are currently refugees (people living in other countries).
What are the Israeli and Palestinian points of view on the growth of settlements?
What will Israelis and Palestinians have to allow before they can really have an agreed upon peace process?
People argue that, for the most part, both parties want a peaceful resolution to the conflict. What do you think?
What has the U.S./U.N. done to help this situation? Has it worked?
What do you think the role of the United States should be in the Arab-Israeli peace process?
Note: You may work with a partner if you wish, in which case the minimum length of the paper will be four pages double spaced, 12 pt. font.
Resources: You may use these resources to build your informational background. Or you can find your own.