One of the most intriguing aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the fact that "In 1850, neither Jews nor Arabs viewed themselves as members of an ethnically, culturally, linguistically homogeneous, territorially based nation in the modem sense of the word." And yet, within less than one hundred years, both peoples had developed such strong national ties to the same piece of land that they seem doomed to forever spill the blood of their fellow claimants in a continuous battle for supremacy. For most scholars, the starting point for this conflict seems to be quite clearly established in 1917, when the nation of Great Britain adopted a plan for the colonization of Palestine based upon the wishes of a group of political Jews who called themselves Zionists.
Neal '95, Lorena S., "The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: 1882-1914" (1995). Honors Projects. Paper 27.