On Israeli-Palestinian peace, why don’t we just get to the point

The international community is making a renewed push to realize the two-state solution in the declared expectation that it will end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In this view, the conflict exists, and erupts from time to time, as it has since October 7th, because of Palestinian hopelessness and desperation as an occupied people lacking their own state. Sounds reasonable.

One approach has been taken today by the Irish, Norwegians and Spanish through unilateral recognition of the State of Palestine, to join another 140 countries that had already done so.

Another approach is taken by the US, UK, France and Germany, among others, which intend to recognize the State of Palestine as part of a negotiated peace agreement with Israel.

But irrespective of the approach, recognition today or recognition later, it amounts to the same apparent premise – the two-state solution will end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Most Israelis at present time seem to be strongly opposed to the recognition of a State of Palestine.

The premise of these Israelis is that Palestinians are less interested in their own state than they are to destroy the Jewish state.

According to this line of thinking, if the Palestinians were interested in a two-state solution, why didn’t they accept the two offers for a two-state solution that were made to them in 2000 and 2008? Again, sounds reasonable.

In this view, the two-state solution will not end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but rather ratchet it up to a whole new level of instability and violence.

This seems to be a pretty key point at issue, and one that should be easy to resolve – will the two state solution end the conflict, or will the conflict continue thereafter and even intensify?

So why not simply get to the point? Let’s just ask the Palestinians.

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Adam Gross is a strategist that specialises in solving complex problems in the international arena. Adam made aliyah with his family in 2019 to live in northern Israel.
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