Nearly every delegate at the Tel Aviv conference is happy to declare their belief in the two-state solution, and to explain why it's not yet possible.18:45 11.02.16 | 0 comments
Israel needs to make peace with Abbas and leave Hamas and Hezbollah out of the equation. If a peace agreement can be signed between Abbas and Israel which ends the occupation and gives the Palestinians a just and viable state in the West Bank, how long before the Palestinians in Gaza seek to be part of this new state in return for giving up on the RofR. Maybe not the leadership but the ordinary man in the street. My guess, not long. Most people want to live in their own countries and not under occupation, to have work and schooling for their kids and, most importantly, hope for a better future. As ever, it comes down to marginalising the extremists (on both sides). For the Palestinians there is no reason to do that until they see that statehood can be a reality. They know that Likud charter includes the clause that there will be no Palestinian state in the WB, that Bibi has continued to expand the occupation, that his government is pro-settler. Why should they bother to moderate their feelings when Israel does nothing to show that it wants them to have a just and viable state? In recent years the Palestinians have moderated their demands - to accepting that there can be no RofR, at least not in any meaniingful way and to accepting that the border will include land swaps. Meanwhile Israel has done nothing to reciprocate this level of good will, quite the opposite. The extreme right is increasingly taking control of the state and in its eyes a Palestinian state should be a complete non-starter (or at least one that is just and viable and does not just entail the crumbs from the victor's table).