Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not agreeing to a cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, despite pressure from international leaders to end the fighting. Israel and Palestine have had disputes over borders, security, and freedom since the beginning of the twentieth century. The overall lack of peace is rooted in the religious and cultural conflict between Israel, a traditionally Jewish state, and the Arab nations that surround it. Israel considers the geographic area the Jewish homeland, while Muslims in the area consider it their historic land.

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