Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Doomed Israel Palestine Peace Process – There is Only One Possible Solution & That Is One State Solution

By Sikander Hayat

There have been many times when Jews and Muslims of Palestine went through this tortuous process of hope and pain but nothing has come out of these series of negotiations.
There is one country between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean, you can call it Israel or Palestine according to your own religious affiliation but the world must stop pretending that somehow you can carve out a state for Muslims in the country of Israel.  The sooner everyone understands this better it will be for the future generations of Israel/Palestine.
Just the logic of creating a territory which is not coherent and crisscrossed by the Jewish settlements is warped. Here are just few of the reasons why two state solution will not work in practice.

  • 1.     Jews will not stop building new settlements
  • 2.     Muslims will never let go the right of return for their refugees just as Jews are returning from all parts of the world to settle in Israel/Palestine
  • 3.     Muslims will not want a state which will not have any security services to protect its borders
  • 4.     Israel will not allow free access between Gaza & West Bank
  • 5.     Hamas will not accept the current regime running Israel/Palestine
  • 6.     No Jewish government will give any concession to Muslims over the issue of Jerusalem

These are just few of the many issues that stop the creation of a Muslim state in Palestine which lead me to believe that two state solution is dead & buried in the holy land. The only viable solution to this issue is a single state comprising of Jews and the Muslims between the Mediterranean and the river Jordan. Palestinian areas have been crisscrossed by so many Jewish settlements that a viable Palestinian state is now impossible. Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of the new state and apartheid regime must end for peace to prevail in the land of David and Solomon.

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  1. Shmuel - Chicago27 June 2011 at 04:49

    The second panel of your map, of course, shows the state the Palestinians could have had in 1948, had they and their Arab brethren accepted the partition. Both sides would have had critical coastal areas. As for arable land, note how much of the land allotted to Israel consisted of Negev desert.

  2. I agree with Shmuel. How can Israel have a state that consists mostly of desert land? The Jewish people are not bedouin tribes, and clearly this would not work. If the Arabs consider Jews as "people of the book", then they should also accept the Jews entitlement to the land as well.

  3. To Anonymous
    The peoples of Arizona are not bedouin tribes either, and I wouldn't mind living in Scottsdale btw did you know the Japanese built an airport in the ocean. it sort of makes one think that limitations are only subject to the constraints of perception and a limited thought process.

  4. Dear Shmuel,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Sikander Hayat

    1. Dear Sikander Hayat,

      Who should i contact for permission to use the above map in a book? Is it deisgned by you? I would be grateful for your reply, best, ariella azoulay

  5. Last month, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament organized a two-day conference on "New Paradigms for Israel and Palestine." A major topic was the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Leila Farsakh, a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Noura Erakat, co-editor of Jadaliyya, participated in the conference. In an interview originally published at Le Mur a des Oreilles, Frank Barat spoke with them about the fight for Palestinian liberation 20 years after the Oslo Accords, the inequality of a two-state solution, and the struggle for a single state with equal rights for all.

  6. David Letwin: Many Palestinian solidarity activists in this country put their main efforts into opposing the 1967 occupation and more recently, Israel's siege of Gaza. But you and other Palestinians have argued that Palestinian refugees' right to return is at the core of the struggle for justice. Why is this?

    Haidar Eid: Zionist dispossession and oppression of Palestinians does not begin with 1967. It goes back to 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from villages and towns in Palestine, and were deported to neighbouring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria ,Gaza and the West Bank to make way for an apartheid “Jewish state.”

    Then, in 1967, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, which represents the remaining twenty-two percent of historic Palestine.

    As a result of this systematic and ongoing ethnic cleansing, fully two-thirds of the Palestinian people are refugees entitled to their right of return to their original homeland, in accordance with United Nations resolution 194. This is the root of the Palestine issue.

    Solidarity supporters that only take the cause back to 1967 are ignoring the source of the problem, and reflecting the Zionist Left in Israel, which wants separation of Palestinians from Israeli Jews.

    Can this central right of return be realized if there is a Jewish state anywhere in historic Palestine?

    No, that is an impossibility. Zionism, by nature, is an exclusionary ideology that doesn't accept the "Other." And the "Other," in Zionist ideology, is the Palestinian -- the Arab in the historic land of Palestine. So a Jewish state means the denial of rights to non-Jews. I am from a refugee family, but because I am not born from a Jewish mother, I'm not entitled to citizenship in the state of Israel; I'm not entitled to my right of return.

    How does this fit into your analysis of the Two-State versus the One-State Solution?

    The two-state solution is a racist solution that calls for a “pure Jewish state”, and a “pure Palestinian state,” both of which would be based on ethno-religious identities. It does not take into account the rights of two-thirds of the Palestinian people. Neither does it take into consideration the national and cultural rights of 1.2 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, who live as second-, if not third-class citizens of the state. This is extremely important.

    Furthermore, the Palestinian struggle is not about independence -- it is about liberation. Liberation is very different from independence, because our right to self-determination must lead to the right of return and full equality for all inhabitants of the state of Palestine.

  7. A trumpeter playing sorrowful songs outside of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art seemed to symbolize the melancholy many of the proponents of the two-state solution of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel feel these days.

    Former Israeli Intelligence Chief Yuval Diskin was speaking at a conference on the roadmap for a two-state solution called the Geneva Accord. He told an overflow crowd at the museum, that dividing the land is still feasible.

    “I know that the risks are great and that our success is not guaranteed. It is a deep seated issue, and much blood has been spilled,” Diskin said. “There are economic, mental and cultural gaps between the two sides. There are many, many years of disappointment. But I still believe that a true leadership, with a true vision and path can push this forward so that we can provide hope for a new momentum in the Palestinian and the Israeli streets.”

    The Geneva Accord, which calls for a Palestinian state in virtually all of the land that Israel acquired in 1967, was crafted in the midst of the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising from 2000 to 2005. Palestinians killed 1000 Israelis, mostly civilians, and Israeli soldiers killed 3000 Palestinians during violent clashes.

    The Accord, released ten years ago, was meant to flesh out many of the longstanding issues between the Israelis and Palestinians in order to create an agreement independent of the political process.


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