Why a Two-State Solution Won't Work

(Jerusalem Post) Ambassador Dore Gold - The two-state solution is a nice-sounding mantra that will lead diplomats off course. It was never a part of the key documents that provided the diplomatic basis of the Arab-Israeli peace process in the past. It did not appear in UN Security Council Resolution 242, Resolution 338 or in the 1993 Oslo Accords. In 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin outlined the components of a final peace settlement with the Palestinians and made no reference to the two-state solution. He spoke only about an entity which was "less than a state." If the considerations of the Palestinian Arabs were paramount for the Arab world, then why wasn't a Palestinian state established in Judea and Samaria before 1967, when the Arab world held those areas? Israel needs to design an approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that keeps in mind the true dimensions of the wider conflict. The two-state solution risks stripping Israel of its right to secure boundaries which is an integral part of Resolution 242. The writer, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, served as Director-General of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Israel's Ambassador to the UN.

2022-10-11 00:00:00

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