Sunday, March 22, 2015

One or Two State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Question

How do we achieve this by a solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict??? 

I saw on Meet the Press (March 22, 2015), on the topic of either a one-state or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian question, a view from Palestine's Permanent Observer to the UN, Dr. Riyad Mansour. He made good sense saying, in part:

That a one-state solution (that Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu now seems to advocate with his back and forth reelection statements recently) would most likely result in a Palestinian-Arab state NOT a Jewish one and that would be based in part on shear population.

That result would not be pretty for a ton of reasons. Dr. Mansour sent on to say a one-state solution “would smack of South Africa and Apartheid, and no one wants that - Jew or Arab (sic).” 

I tend to agree with that assessment because the status quo and not a solution would prevail and continue the turmoil and I am sure no one wants to sustain that, except maybe bad guys.

Here is a short background on this issue with this question: "What to the people want?" Not the politicians; not countries far removed from that area; and certainly pundits who pick and choose with a finger in the wind. More background on the question is here and here

  1. Many Palestinians and Israelis, as well as the Arab League, have stated that they would accept a two-state solution based on 1949 Armistice Agreements, more commonly referred to as the “1967 borders.”
  2. In 2002, a poll conducted by PIPA revealed that some 72% of both Palestinians and Israelis supported at that time a peace settlement based on the 1967 borders so long as each group could be reassured that the other side would be cooperative in making the necessary concessions for such a settlement. Thus, support for a two state solution varies according the way the question is phrased. 
  3. Some Israeli journalists suggest that the Palestinians are unprepared to accept a Jewish State on any terms. According to one previous poll, “fewer than 2 in 10 Arabs, both Palestinian and all others, believe in Israel's right to exist as a nation with a Jewish majority.” Another poll, however, invoked by the U.S. State Department suggested that “78 percent of Palestinians and 74 percent of Israelis believe a peace agreement that leads to both states living side by side as good neighbors” is “essential or desirable.”
  4. In a 2007 poll, almost three quarters of the Palestinian respondents in the West Bank and Gaza Strip approved either a bi-national or two-state solution with 46% preferring the two-state solution and some 26% preferring the bi-national solution. Support is lower among younger Palestinians.
  5. A 2013 Gallup poll found that 70% of Palestinians in the West Bank and 48% of Palestinians in Gaza Strip, together with 52% of Israelis support “an independent Palestinian state together with the state of Israel.”
Now here we are today, rehashing the same argument with flip-flops all over the board. All nations, I think should pitch in and help resolve the question and as simple as it sounds: Two states living side by side. I know that sounds naive and maybe too simple, but sometimes the simplest of things work best.

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