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What are the solutions to the Israel Palestine conflict? Show more Show less

What started as intercommunal violence between Israelis and Arabs in the 1920s evolved over the course of the twentieth century into a full-blown civil war and open conflict. After much bloodshed and the dawn of a new century, what would a solution to the Israel-Palestine situation look like? Is peace even a possibility for one of the world's longest-running conflicts?

A one-state solution Show more Show less

Israelis and Palestinians must be united under a single, binational state. Both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs would enjoy the same legal and civil rights and live under a government in which both religions are represented.
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No progress has been made on a two-state solution

Negotiations on a two-state solution have proven ineffective. It is time to change tact and explore one-state options.
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Context

When solving global conflicts, the best solution is the one that can quickly establish stability and guarantee civilian safety. Despite almost two decades of negotiations, a two-state solution has done neither. The region is as unstable as it has ever been and both Palestinians and Israelis continue to struggle with violent outbursts.

The Argument

Negotiations for a two-state solution began in 1991 at the Madrid Peace Conference. In the proceeding 19 years, there has been virtually no progress and a solution to the conflict remains as elusive as ever. If a two-state solution was viable, it would have been implemented already. Therefore, it is high time the options for a one-state solution were explored to break the status quo.[1]

Counter arguments

A one-state solution would not overcome any of the major sticking points and would likely create many new ones. For example, under a one-state solution, neither Palestinian Arabs nor Israeli Jews would be granted a natural homeland. This is an integral part of Israeli identity. [2] Palestinians would also have major concerns. Even if there were assurances that they would have the same civil and political rights as Jews on paper, there would be concerns over their ability to exercise those rights. Palestinians make up just 20% of the population. They would almost certainly be subjected to an apartheid state with almost no political representation.

Framing

Premises

[P1] A solution to a conflict should quickly end violence and guarantee civilian safety. [P2] Negotiations for a two-state solution have achieved neither. [P3] A one-state solution is the only viable alternative. [P4] Therefore, all parties should pursue a one-state solution.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] A one-state solution is not a viable alternative. It does not address any of the core issues of the conflict.

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References

  1. https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/israeli-palestinian-conflict-2020-what-are-possible-paths-ahead
  2. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-palestinian-conflict-solutions/.premium-explained-two-states-one-and-other-solutions-to-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-1.7044468

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