Yesterday, a cease-fire was called in the most recent violence between Israel and Palestine. This sounds like good news, right? If you’re anything like me, however, you’re probably a little confused as to what exactly is going on in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The past week’s violence has been confusing and complicated, but also crucial to the future of peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine – and since it’s gotten so much coverage, you’ve probably been thinking that it’s a good idea to understand what’s going on over there.

Luckily, The Washington Post agrees, and has put together a really informative list of the basics of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. It’s definitely a good read to arm yourself for the inevitable annual Thanksgiving dinner debates with that one know-it-all family member that we all seem to have!

The main idea of all of this fighting? Despite the cease-fire, nobody is sure if this violence will lead to a repeat of the ground war of 2008 that resulted in the deaths of 13 Israelis and over 1,000 Palestinians. Analysts are saying that this has not brought Israelis and Palestinians any closer to peace, because it seems as though both sides are “following short-term policies detrimental to long-term progress.”

In short: this cease-fire isn’t the norm in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, but it definitely is not a radical shift.

So, what do you think? Will this fighting lead to more violence in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, or will the cease-fire start more productive peace talks? 

Still haven’t gotten your fix of info on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? Check out this lecture by the PLO’s Representative to the U.S. Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat that was held on campus a few weeks ago regarding the United States’ stance on the conflict.