Open letter to John F. Kerry

The Honorable Secretary of State, John F. Kerry:

The purpose of this letter is to urge you and your foreign policy colleagues to not repeat what have proven to be the mistakes of many well-intentioned leaders of the past regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   More specifically I am asking that you consider an alternative to the Two State solution which you have been pressing so hard to achieve.

The Two-State solution requires both sides to give up land.  Negotiating with Israelis and Palestinians concerning the shape and border of this “Two-States” arrangement is likely to continue to lead to the same irreconcilable even disastrous results. A Two-State solution is a divorce plan and not a peace plan.

Our organization, The Israeli-Palestinian Confederation believes that it is more productive to approach this conflict from a different angle.   We believe that the creation of a third, parallel, government — acting under both governments in a legislative and sophisticated meditative capacity, can lead to a more subdued, objective, practical, reasonable, and peaceful solution to the conflict generally.

This government would indeed be called The Israeli-Palestinian Confederation, which in no way would compromise the sovereignty / power of each government; in fact each government, Israel, Palestine, would hold veto power.  However, this parallel government would act as an objective agent consisting of Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches that would spur both Israeli and Palestinian governments to consider and implement new solutions, devoid as much as possible of the unreasonable hatreds and prejudices of so many decades.

Under our plan, the separate Palestinian and Israeli governments will remain as they are.   In fact, the IPC, because of its very nature (being more objective, outside the two governments, and operating more cooperatively) may indeed spur solutions about land and other issues by virtue of solving other more common problems to both sides, such as economy, education, trade, culture, and more.

This third government will be seated every day, working to resolve issues and expand on opportunities for both governments and all their people.   As said, such decisions will be subject to veto power given to each of the separate governments.   This third government will not be able to pass legislation contrary to the wishes of the Palestinian and/or Israeli government.

However, the IPC will not “give up” if a given resolution is vetoed; it will continue to review the complaints from each government, do more research, and come up with new, viable solutions which may finally work for both governments.

I am also including my book PEACE, a case for an Israeli Palestinian Confederation, which explains this concept better.

Thank you for your anticipated consideration and response, at your soonest convenience.

Very truly yours,

Josef Avesar, Esq.

See an illustration of the IPC plan:


About the Author
Josef Avesar is founder of the Israeli Palestinian Confederation, which advocates for a mutual third government for Israelis and Palestinians. An American-Israeli of Iraqi background, he practices law in the U.S., but travels frequently to Israel and Palestine.