Two parts. First the issue. Second, how you should feel about this as a Christian believer.
It is unfathomable that there are people today who still believe Israel is somehow the problem in the Palestine State controversy. ....well, maybe not. There aren't many mainstream news sources that tell you how rockets (paid for by Iran) have been launched at schools and hospitals for the past 2 decades. There aren't too many analysts that REMIND viewers that when Prime Minister Olmert OFFERED EVERYTHING the PLO wanted, including the land requested this week - they still turned it down refusing to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist.
But if we turn from emotion or what OTHERS tell us - we can figure out the RIGHT answer to this dilemma by asking 3 questions: Who are the Palestinians, Whose land is it, and Who really wants peace?
Other questions that are good, (but never asked) include:
Has anyone asked WHY Jordan - a country with ideological sympathies to the Palestinians has never offered (or been pressured) to give land?
Does anyone ever wonder why, after the British and United Nations granted land to the Israelis that ALL Arab nations suddenly attacked, without provocation a tiny group of people that had just faced extermination by Hitler?
And why won't Hamas acknowledge TODAY Israelites right to exist? No, those who insist that Israel is at the heart of the lack of peace have no understanding of history or they simply are too intellectually lazy to find out.
How about when Rome invaded Jerusalem and took the land. Does that count?
Why 1967 CE? Why not 967 BC? How about when islamic forces took it, raped women, leveled nearly every sacred synagogue and built their mosque on Jewish land with a history FAR better documented and OCCUPIED before they even existed? Why not be incensed at that?
There are really 3 central questions that must be answered to come to an accurate understanding of the problem:
1. Who are Palestinians (I think we all know who the Jews are).
2. Whose land is it? (what is Palestine)
3. Who REALLY wants peace?
The first two questions can be answered well by this documentary: Jerusalem, the Land of Covenant
However, suffice it to say that NO ONE called the land Palestine until the end of the Roman empire. SEE this short video:
The land has been documented to be in Jewish hands up until islamic forces tried to conquer in 636 CE (AD). There was no legal right to the land then. However, wars come and go (Texas and California anyone?) but it has been pretty well established that there were Jews in Jerusalem CONSISTENTLY (albeit in minority) for it's entire history.
So why 1967? Why not 15 years prior when British rule prevailed. Why not 1000 years before? Those arguing for Israel to give up it's tiny slice of land (kind of like Virgina and Maryland asking for Washington DC) will always try and ground the debate in 1967. WHY!!??? And why not JULY of 1967 when Israel took land from those who publicly declared they were going to annihilate them?
The dirty little secret is this: ONLY THE JEWS can lay history to the land before the modern area (BC). ONLY THE JEWS have historic documentation that they BOUGHT (not conquered) the site where their religious shrines are.
Prior to the WW1 NO ONE lived in Palestine/Israel. Well, maybe a few thousand people. NO ONE WANTED IT!! (see Jerusalem, Land of Covenant link above). Prior to Islam, the Arabs and Jews that lived there got along quite nicely even though Jews were an extreme minority after the Arab control.
Only when the United Nations granted them sovereignty, did it become valuable. There were no trees, no culture, no farm land until the Jewish people populated and cultivated the land.
Which brings us to question #3: WHO REALLY WANTS PEACE?
An argument is made that Israel has tanks and the Palestinians have only sticks and stones. This is a blatant lie (the flotilla that was attempted to land at Gaza months back on a "peace" mission had hundreds of thousands of lbs of rockets and guns.) But EVEN if Israel had tanks and Palestinians did not- it doesn't negate the fact Israel has an attempt to defend itself.
Israel does NOT do similarly to lands in Jordan, nor areas that are predominately populated by Arabs. Only when attacked, and told they will be exterminated, do the Israeli's fight back.
Ironically, it is ISRAEL that had a baby dismembered last month by Palestinian forces (google it) and other atrocities. Israel isn't perfect - far from it - but THEY are continually under attack under Hamas (Iran) sponsored terrorism. (You don't find Israelites dressing their women and children up as suicide bombers.). Who is the civil one here?
Again, WHY - when Islam takes over a region (like Lebannon) does it become an uncultivated war zone? When Christians or Jews take populate an area THE REVERSE becomes true. So even now, that the Jewish people have made Israel beautiful and viable - why suddenly is there such world pressure WHEN NONE OF THE WORLD CAME TO HELP THE JEWS WHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED IN 1967!???
Because, this is a spiritual battle. Our grandparents and populations prior to them for hundreds of years NEVER would have believed that Israel would be reconstituted much less become the center of the world's attention. It seemed impossible. But as prophesied by the Bible, it WILL become the center of attention for the REAL end of the world in the coming years.
And if you are unsure where you stand. READ. INVESTIGATE. And not just the sources you normally listen to! Listen to BOTH sides and ask God for enlightenment and truth.
And if you are a Christian believer, you will also shiver at the curses upon those who attack God's chosen (not perfect) people. You should marvel at how in 1948, a nation was reformed that seemed impossible for hundreds of years.