The threat of a one-state solution

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    Mar 20, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
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    Palestinian negotiators are more frequently threatening to abandon the goal of a two-state solution in their conflict with Israel and are pushing for a one-state option instead.

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) is very well aware that a one-state solution constitutes a threat to Israel, and has used the threat during half a dozen meetings documented in The Palestine Papers.

    The two-state solution remains the conceptual basis for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. However, as it has failed to accomplish a final agreement, Palestinian interest in a one-state solution has seemingly grown.

    The one-state solution is generally presented as a nightmare scenario for Israel. The likelihood that Palestinians might one day constitute an electoral majority in a bi-national state - which is seen as inevitable - is viewed by many Israeli Jews as a threat to the 'Jewish character' of the country.

    Quoted in a post-Annapolis interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz in November 2007, Ehud Olmert, the then-prime minister, warned of the implications of a one-state solution.


    "If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished."


    The Palestine Papers reveal that from the run up to the Annapolis talks in 2007 onwards, the PA has increasingly used the one-state solution ‘threat’ during negotiations with Israeli and American officials.

    In an April 2008 meeting between Tzipi Livni, the then-Israeli foreign minister, and Ahmed Qurei, the former PA prime minister, Israel proposed land-swaps that, according to the Palestinians, did not abide by the 1967 borders. When met with the one-state solution threat, Livni was quick to change her tone:

    Qurei: I agreed to listen to your propositions because I thought you would come with realistic propositions. In light of these circumstances and these unrealistic propositions, I see that the only solution is a bi-national state where Moslems, Christians and Jews live together […] Is our demand for 1967 borders too much for us?
    Livni: I did not say it is too much for you.


    Round after round of failed peace talks and a simultaneous increase in illegal Jewish settlements have left the Palestinians desperate for an alternative solution. The one-state approach has therefore evolved from a mere threat to a serious option for many Palestinians.

    At the end of 2009, an internal Palestinian memo urged the PA to develop the one-state option as a "credible alternative to the traditional two-state solution".

    On October 2, 2009, during a meeting at the State Department with George Mitchell, the US Middle East envoy, a clearly frustrated Erekat, the chief PA negotiator, began referring to the one-state solution as a so-called BATNA, or best alternative to a negotiated agreement, should settlement construction continue in the West Bank. The US, a long-time ally of Israel, urged the Palestinians to continue direct negotiations with Israel despite the continued settlement activity.


    http://english.aljazeera.net/palestinepapers/2011/01/201112612953672648.html
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    Mar 20, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    WoW!
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    Mar 20, 2011 1:49 PM GMT
    Its my strong impression that the previous and especially the current far right ZIONIST FANATIC leaders of Israel are intent on grabbing as much land through settlement construction in hopes of keeping most of those places. They have only their one sided ZIONIST interest of taking as much of Palestine for themselves as possible, Palestinian rights are of little concern to them.

    Recently the subject was brought up about some jewish people being murdered near or in a very contested jewish settlement. In reponse let me present a scenario. Would any american put their family in harms way by building a house for their family members on someone elses property while property lines are being contested by the previous owner ? In such cases squaters rights doesn't hold ownership rights, take my land and build on it and see what happens to you !!! The fools and the blame for the problem are the ZIONIST FANATIC Squaters. The US should cut the Israeli subsidies untill these settlements stop, then and only then would you see these FANATIC land Grabbers take note and start to negotiate in good faith, but as long as the US gives stringless support to them they will take every missadvantage of the Palestinians that they can think of.

    The world community is disgusted with this situation and our US blind alignment with Israel no matter what they do wrong or fo against Palestinian Human Rights, has even brought out the disgust of the well known Jewish writer and editor of the NewYorker, David Remnick who mentions some of what I wrote above in a recent article and went as far as hoping some steal could be found for Obama's spine where dealing with Israels ZIONIST FANATICS are involved. And NO !!! My telling these truths does not constiture my being a JEW HATER, Most jewish people are not for what their leaders are doing against the Palestinians. nor are most Americans.
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    Mar 21, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    ZIONIST SHMIONIST.
    If the Palestinians chose to live in peace, they would be living as well as the Israelis.
    But, obviously, that day will never come.
    The Palestinians would rather die, first.
    Okay.


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    Mar 21, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    Palestine: Freedom Is What They Want
    http://www.antiwar.com/reese/?articleid=11182
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    Jun 04, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    "Palestine and Israel are two parts of the same country — something those who have not been to the region may find hard to imagine. The area of Mandate Palestine — that’s Israel, the West Bank and Gaza — is about the size of New Jersey. The country is so small that Palestinians on the hilly West Bank can view the Israeli coastline from their homes (never mind that restrictions on Palestinian movement have prevented the vast majority from ever visiting the sea). Moreover, one out of five Israelis is a Palestinian, and about one of every six residents of the occupied territories is a Jewish settler. "

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/one-state-for-palestinians-and-israelis/2012/03/01/gIQAzOZanR_story.html

    "In fact, a genuinely sovereign Palestinian state will not be realized any time in the foreseeable future, and quite likely never will be. The obstacles to meaningful Palestinian statehood are constantly mounting, most tangibly in the form of Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Some 600,000 Jewish settlers now reside there -- three times as many as at the beginning of the Oslo peace process in 1993, and their numbers are growing rapidly."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-bisharat/israel-palestine-one-state-solution_b_1416120.html

    "Former Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg endorsed the one-state solution in an article in Haaretz in December 2011, and called the entire left to do the same. Burg has flirted with the idea in the past, but he was never so explicitly. He said "So enough of the illusions. There are no longer two states between the Jordan River and the sea. The next diplomatic formula that will replace the "two states for two peoples" will be a civilian formula. All the people between the Jordan and the sea have the same right to equality, justice and freedom..."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nehad-ismail/the-twostatesolution-is-d_b_1295961.html

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    Jun 04, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidZIONIST SHMIONIST.
    If the Palestinians chose to live in peace, they would be living as well as the Israelis.
    But, obviously, that day will never come.
    The Palestinians would rather die, first.
    Okay.


    You probably have no clue who are Palestinians. I bet you watch way too much Fox News.