What do the Israelis and Palestinians want?

All Israeli settlements are viewed as illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace effortsThe decades-old Israel-Palestinian conflict has returned to the spotlight after a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements and a major speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry. On Wednesday, Kerry warned Israel’s ongoing settlement growth is threatening the prospect of a final peace deal with the Palestinians — the so-called two-state solution. The idea dates back to 1947, a year before the creation of Israel, when the United Nations voted for partition of the land then known as British Mandate Palestine into two states — one Jewish in nature and the other Arab.

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