What are the pros and cons of a two state solution for Israel and the Palestinian people?This question was posted on Quora.com. I posted an answer and the moderators decided that I violated their policy of "be respectful and be nice" and collapsed it. Perhaps they are correct that in this case I am not respectful to the Palestinian people. I am reposting here so that you can be the judge. Here is the link to the original article: What are the pros and cons of a two state solution for Israel and the Palestinian people?. If you have access to Quora, please upvote my answer.
What defines the so-called Palestinian people? Are they a people by definition or by political design? The name Palestinian belongs only to the Jews of Judea, simple fact. Now, look at the “Palestinian people”:
- Do they have their own language?
- Do they have their own culture?
- Do they have their own history?
- Do they have their own religion?
- Do they have their own flag?
The answer to all of that is NO. The areas that they live in have belonged to the Jewish people for thousands of years. Up until 1948, the area known today as the West bank was known as Judea and Samaria. All proven facts.
Two state solution? Look at the facts. When the PLO was founded in 1964, they specifically declared that the area occupied by Jordan and Egypt was not a part of their future demands, that includes what you refer to as East Jerusalem and the Jewish Holy Places.
Article 24. This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area. Its activities will be on the national popular level in the liberational, organizational, political and financial fields.
Look at Yassir Arafat the leader of the PLO and then the PA for many years:
And look at another member of the PLO:
Look at the Fatah maps - see any two state there? look at the PA insignia - any two state? Look at their official logo: Palestine Liberation Organization. Hamas and Fatah all said that any solution is temporary, a hudna. So the con is simple, there is little hope for peace.
What Israel must do is to withdraw from Area A and B and make that the border. They can self-govern that. Oh wait, tried that, it was called Oslo A and B. What a proven failure. Billions of dollars poured into that area and instead of building a nation, they created pure terror and billionaires.
Theoretical pros for Israel:
- Peace or at least cold peace like we have with Jordan
- Less terrorism thanks to an international border. However leaving Gaza has shown us that that is wishful thinking.