The headlines this week reeked of déjà vu, reminiscent of previous confrontations and intifadas, as conditions on the ground in Gaza are becoming more and more similar to those that preceded the 2014 war.19:05 05.02.16 | 4 comments
Jews don't want to give up Judea and Samaria for religious and sentimental reasons. They also fear that a Palestinian state next to Israel will eventually attack Israel. Palestinians don't want to give up the right of return and will forever be chafing under the inequity of being confined to only 22 percent of their former homeland, even if they agree to a truncated state in the interim. The solution is two states--Israel and Palestine--with sovereignty over the whole area between the Mediterranean and the Jordan. Each state has its own flag, anthem, holidays, government, and representation in the United Nations. The two governments govern their respective populations and coordinate as equals on all matters of common concern, regardless of the size of their respective populations. Palestinians and Israelis could live anywhere in the jointly held area, as all the land would belong to both countries. Israelis could settle in Judea and Samaria (and even Gaza). Palestinians could go back to the places they (or their ancestors) used to live or receive compensation, according to what each family would choose. Jews who left Arab states could do likewise. An undivided Jerusalem would belong to both states. Both Israelis and Palestinians would be safer because the key psychological needs of Jews and Palestinians will have been met and everyone would see the solution as the fairest possible solution. There would be no way for Israel and Palestine to attack each other without attacking themselves. The key to peace is through fairness both between individuals and between groups. See www.parityforpeace.org for more details.