The Solution to the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

In my last post (for now) on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, I would like to propose a resolution.  I know that many have offered those before, but I believe that my resolution is the best given the circumstances and the desires of the people.

Before I start I would like to point out to a few assumptions.

  • Israel would like to keep its characteristic as the Jewish State.  It is the belief of most Israelis that while Israel should be a secular state, it is the only place in the world where the vast majority is Jewish.
  • The Palestinians want (and deserve) to be recognized as a nation.
  • There are some areas where there is not and never will be an agreement as to who they belong to.  Chief of these is Jerusalem.
  • A Palestinian state cannot be economically independent.  They just do not have the infrastructure for it.  Building infrastructure can take many years.  It definitely takes plenty of money.

Because of the above points the idea of “two countries for two people” just could not work.  The socio-economic inequities will create resentment and animosity between the two people.  This may well end with renewal of hostilities.  At best, the two countries will remain at hostile-neutrality for many years to come.

When we look at similar situation in the history of man, we find out that it is not a rare occurrence.  Switzerland is not a single nation, but a combination of four.  Germany is a combination of many little countries.  So is are the UK, and of course the United States, and Canada.

A solution that always worked for other people was to create a Federation of States.  Two states to two people, but one country.  In fact looking at the real political – social – economical map, I would say three states are called for.

Here is what I propose:

  1. The Israelis and the Palestinians start by recognizing each other, and acknowledging each other’s right to exist as nations.
  2. Form a federation of three states: Israel, Gazza, and West Bank.
  3. I even have a suggestion for a name; call K’naan that is the oldest name for the country.  No dispute there.
  4. The capital of the federation will be Jerusalem.  It will not belong to any of the states.
  5. The Federation will have a common currency, a common army, and some common ministries (State, Treasury, etc.)
  6. The Federation will have a common parliament, and supreme court.  Election to the parliament will be half regional and half federal.  In other words, you will vote for your local parliament member, but also for your party.
  7. Each state will be autonomous in its education, taxation, and criminal law.  This will be monitored against federal standards.
  8. There will be a constitution that will define civil rights, minority rights, etc.
  9. Citizens will be allowed to move freely between states and to live in any state they desire.

I am not naive.  I know that when two nations are at war, it is hard to envision the two becoming one.  However, I have observed and experienced that on the personal level, Israelis and Palestinians can co-exist, do business, and become friends.  I see no reason why this solution cannot work.  Of course, it has to be implemented in phases.  Trust is not regained in one day, but trust could be there.

Let there be peace.

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4 thoughts on “The Solution to the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

  1. Jose

    A few realities. Israel can win battle after battle, war after war and it will never know real security. The Arabs only have to win one battle and they will destroy Israel. Both sides know this. The Israeli right wing think they have a mandate from God to dispossess the Arabs from “Judea and Samaria”. The salafists and jihadis believe God wants them to destroy the Jews. There is no basis for a federal union to survive because the extremists on both sides will tear it apart.

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    1. aharonfr Post author

      Everything you write is correct. Yet Rabin and Arafat signed an agreement, and were supported by their people. With the right leadership it is possible.

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  2. Stacey

    But then there is the money aspect. This solution which I love, would cost Israel to lose billions in foreign aid from the US. The US arms manufacturers and the military industrial complex would also lose vast amounts of revenue. That being said it could bring real peace, prosperity, and stability to the region. But, that hasn’t been the goal of the western nations since the Crusades.

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    1. aharonfr Post author

      Yes. Money is certainly an issue here. Peace is going to be financially costly to Israel. I discovered long ago that piece requires more courage, more money, and more resources than war. However, once you got it going it pays off many times over.

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