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?
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.
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.Explore
Overcomes border issues
A one-state solution is essential for avoiding drawing up unpopular and divisive borders.Explore
Agreeable to demands on both sides
The Palestinians want to access and control the entirety of Israel, and Israel wants to be the sole policy determinant in the 'state'. Where both Palestinians and Israelis are voters and equal citizens, both autonomy and access are provided to all peoples.Explore
A two-state solution
There must be two separate, independent states, one Israeli and one Palestinian, each with its own government and full autonomy over its domestic and international affairs.
There are already logical borders
The June 4, 1967 border divisions with agreed land swaps clearly define Israeli and Palestinian territory.Explore
Both Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews would be able to establish a natural homeland. This would respect the nationalist feelings in the region and create an opportunity for equal and shared existence in the Holy Land.Explore
The most popular outcome
A two-state solution is the most popular outcome for those living in the region.Explore
Right of return
A two-state solution would solve the issue of Palestinian refugees who wish to return to their homeland.Explore
Israel and Palestine would form a mini-EU. Under the terms of the bloc, each state would have its own government but both governments would cooperate on economic, security, environmental and natural resource matters.
Everyone can stay where they are
Under a confederation, nobody would need to relocate. If Israel and Palestine formed a united government, while maintaining their separate identities, they could coexist peacefully. Both states would stay where they are and allow citizens to easily travel between the two states.Explore
Autonomy plus would allow Palestinians the freedom to control their own local governments and schools but within the state of Israel.
There is no solution to the Israel Palestine conflict
The political objectives of both sides, coupled with the current political climate, mean that no solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is available.
Without trust, neither side can negotiate for a lasting solution to the conflict.Explore
No Israeli incentive
On the Israeli side, there is little incentive to secure a solution to the conflict.Explore
The US is not a viable peace broker
The US is one of the few nations capable of brokering peace but it is not willing to do so.Explore
Internal Palestinian divisions
Internal divisions among Palestinians make negotiations impossible.Explore
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