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Israeli – Palestinian impasse: irresolvable conflict? Jacob P. Magrane POSC 1020 Section 001 Fall 2015 Group D Dr. Tannenbaum Due: 18 November 2015 The situation the in the Middle East is an enormously complex one, with no definitive  solution. Many have proposed possible ways to end the conflict, but so far none have been able  to satisfy the needs of both sides. Many of these proposed solutions can be broken into two  schools of thought; the One ­ State Solution and the Two ­ State Solution. The biggest issue, the  core problem that is leading to all this conflict, is how to divide the territory that two groups of  people both claim are theirs. Both sides, at this point, have been unable to compromise on a  solution, so there has not been much progresses. Many moderates on both the Palestinian and  Israeli sides favor the Two ­ State Solution, but the extremists are unwilling to budge, wanting  the entire country for themselves (Tannenbaum, 2015). With the current situation, both groups  claim that the territory of Israel rightfully belongs to them. Ever since Israel was granted the land after WWII, the displaced Palestinians have tried to reclaim it, often through use of military  force. The rise of Hamas to power in the Palestinian government has done nothing to help the  situation, with three missile attacks since their rise to power (Tannenbaum, 2015). With both  solutions, there are pros and there are cons, but in order for there to ever be peace in the region, a solution will have to be embraced. One of the solutions that has been proposed is the Single Sate Solution where, to explain  it simply, the entire region would fall under one government, with equal representation and  citizenship status for all the occupants of the region. This bi­national state method was first  proposed in 1920’s, and has only been suggested a few times since then, with no serious action  (Farsakh, 2011, p. 56). The problem with this method is that the Palestinians and Israelis each  want their own government to be the one in charge of the state. Farsakh sees potential for this  method, but not without some major challenges. Her main issues are changing the mindset of the  Palestinian people. Her focus is on addressing methods for changing that mindset of all or none  to one of best of both worlds. She sees the three main challenges as getting the Palestinians to  fight for equal rights rather than a definite state, to view the solution as a “realistic” one rather  than one that solves everyone’s problems all at once, and to get this solution implemented by the  people through “grassroots activism,” rather than starting with the leadership that has been  unable to make any changes since the crisis began (2011, p. 56­57). These changes are not to  make the Palestinian people feel as though they did not lose terribly, but rather to make it feel as  if both sides won. That is part of the premise of the One ­ State Solution; that if neither the  Israelis nor the Palestinians can give up any territory, then they can share it equally as one  nation. By overcoming these key challenges, it will allow both sides to feel as though they got  everything they wanted, not just part or none of what they wanted as a Two ­ State Solution  might lead too. The rather large problems these challenges pose however, is that they completely overhaul the way in which the Palestinian people currently view the conflict; that the land is all  theirs, and the only way to win is to end with the state of Palestine on that land. This is in direct  conflict with the first challenge. Farsakh would like to see the Palestinians fight for equal rights  within the one state of Israel, rather than trying to make their own state and oppress the Israeli  citizens (2011, p. 57). Each side has their own idealistic versions of how they want this to end,  but Farsakh sees these as unrealistic, and therefore unobtainable, and therefore the Palestinian in  that sense must also be changed. You cannot win when the winning scenario is impossible.  Farsakh says these mental changes should not come from the leadership, but from the people  (2011, p. 56). The leadership of both the Israeli and Palestinian governments have been unable to settle the conflict politically or militarily, so it is up to the public to either change the minds of  the leadership, or to change the leadership, if they ever want the violence to end. The One ­ State  Solution is a good solution, if the Palestinians can accept keeping all the land, as long as they  share it and live alongside the Israeli people and government. The other possible way to end this conflict is to use the Two ­ State Solution, where two  separate states are created, one of Israeli Jews and one of Palestinian Arabs. The Two ­ State  Solution is usually the stronger contender of the two solutions, having been seriously considered  and somewhat implemented through the Oslo Peace Accords (Milestones). The Peace Accords  were able to stall the fighting for a little while, but violence did begin again, and there was never  a lasting peace. It was the closest we have ever come to peace though, and many see potential for it to work on a more lasting basis. In fact, given the current situation and trends, David Unger  sees the Two ­ State Solution as much more probable than the One ­ State Solution. As we  discussed in the previous paragraph, in order for the One ­ State Solution to ever become a  reality, there would have to be a major shift in the way the Palestinians viewed the Israeli  population. They would have to perceive each other as equal, or else we would get a situation  that has happened in other parts of the Middle East. With the increasing population of Arabs in  the region, it is very likely that the balance of power will swing their way. If this occurs, and the  shift in thinking has not occurred, then they will take revenge on the Israelis, oppressing them the way they feel they have been oppressed. Once they are in control, they will be able to impose  rules and sanctions on the Israelis, the way the Israelis have imposed them on the Palestinians.  They could even limit Jewish immigration to the territory, further controlling the growth of the  Jewish population, and allowing the Palestinians to gain further control (Unger, 2008, p.63). Just as there were challenges to the One ­ State Solution, the Two ­ State Solution has its  own issues. There are Israelis who feel that they are more powerful than the Palestinians, that  Palestinian is not even capable of being a player in negotiations. There are opponents to the Two  ­ State Solution outside of the region, who feel that states based on religion and ethnicity can  only lead to problems (Sussman, 2004, p. 8­9). Again, it appears that for any real moves to be  made in the direction of peace, the mindset of the different parties involved have to be drastically changed. In this case however, it is not the Palestinians who must think of everyone else equally,  but everyone else who must find equality with the Palestinians. They should not think of each  other as better than one or the other, nor should they consider one religion or ethnic group more  deserving than the other. They need to recognize that thinking on those terms will only cause  division, rather than the unity they need in order to reach an agreement. Morton Kaplan also  points out some of the other factors involved in deciding which solution would be most  appropriate for the situation. He says that one of Israel’s main concerns is its security. Already,  Israel has been attacked multiple times by Palestinian forces, and they fear that eventually  Palestinian forces may succeed in wiping out Israel (2008, p. 47­48). Israel’s hold over the Gaza  and West Bank regions has given it a certain level of control in the region, and to give up that  control in favor of the Two ­ State Solution is not likely. Both solutions have their up and their downs, but there is a common string across both; a  major shift in thinking is required. It is widely accepted on both sides of the argument that if the  conflict continues in the direction it is going, there will not be any peace any time soon. Both  sides, Israel and Palestine have to be able to accept and commit to the chosen solution, or it will  fall through like all attempts before have. All previous attempts at peace have been in an effort to force a compromise between two parties that are unwilling to compromise. There are many  factors affecting the decision, and the decision itself will not be up to one person, nor will it be  cut & dry, one decision that satisfies all parties, which is all the more reason to convince people  that their version of a “win” is impossible, but a solution that can at least satisfy the majority of  people is not impossible. Bibliography Farsakh, L. (2011). The One­State Solution and the Israeli­Palestinian Conflict:  Palestinian Challenges and Prospects. The Middle East Journal Middle East J, 55­71. Kaplan, M. (2008). WHY PLANS FOR A TWO­STATE SOLUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST  HAVE FAILED. International Journal on World Peace, 25(1), 43­57. Retrieved  December 7, 2015, from JSTOR. Milestones: 1993–2000. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2015, from­2000/oslo Sussman, G. (2004). The Challenge to the Two­State Solution. (231), 8­15. Retrieved December  7, 2015, from JSTOR. Tannenbaum, A. (2015, November 1). Israel Palestine. Lecture, Clemson. Unger, D. (2008). The Inevitable Two­State Solution. World Policy Journal, 25(3), 59­67.  Retrieved December 7, 2015, from JSTOR.


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