- it's effectively a conflict between Israelis/Jews and Palestinians/Muslims over territory and their rights/claim to it. Religious conflicts have been the cornerstone of Middle East for thousands of years. The irony is that they are correct. In spite of much religion being a combination of truth, lies, mis-interpretation, etc... you basically need people who are 'effectively perfect' to deal with this? Look in the Apocalypse section of many religions and it's the same theme over and over again? The funny thing is that people in the Middle East are sort of half bemused by the military mechanations of the Middle East?