The Middle East: "The precarious position of Israel, surrounded by hostile Arab nations, was exacerbated by the disruption of Palestinian refugees displaced by Israeli occupation of the west bank of the Jordan River, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, and elsewhere.
By the late 1970s, displaced Palestinians numbered over four million, providing a large mass of dissatisfied people susceptible to terrorist recruitment. This dangerous situation was destined to continue as a source of seemingly irreconcilable conflict. To this day, an endless series of wars, military occupation, and terrorist attacks renders much of the region violently unstable.
Israel has a population of over 7 million people, including nearly 400,000 settlers living in occupied territories in the West Bank and Golan Heights. Approximately 80% are Jews and 16% are Muslims"