Several questions must be raised before analyzing the complexities of the statement; “Jews and Palestinians were in a collision course right from the start.” First, at what point in history is the statement referring to as the “start”? Second, what factors, elements, and/or events are considered to be examples of Jews and Palestinians colliding?
Although the relationship between Jews and Palestinians can be traced back hundreds of years, it is the more recent events of the 19th and 20th centuries that have shaped today’s reality of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Several events in the years prior to the 1948 War and the establishment of the state of Israel on May 15th, 1948 played key roles in setting the “collision course” between the two countries in motion. In the broader sense, there are four major factors that would support the claim that “Jews and Palestinians were in a collision course right from the start.”