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What is the best solution (long-term) for Israel-Palestine situation?
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Uma Chandak
May 29, 2021
The Oslo accords between the Israel and the Palestine were guided by the concept that the two-state solution would resolve the whole conflict between the States. But after two decades, Israelis and Palestinians remain caught in sad and vicious cycle that must be broken. Based upon the three major premises, a constructive breakthrough requires an outside-the-box approach. Firstly, it is the time to cast aside the Concept of Israel-Palestine agreement in favor of Israel-Arab agreement as the only way to end the Conflict between the two States. Secondly, the two-state solution is the end objective, but achieving this goal is unrealistic in the future. Thirdly, the only realistic goal at this point of time is to create interim arrangements to set the ground for a final agreement. So, it is crucial to form a joint Palestinian National Authority-Jorden-Egypt-GCC team, formally authorized by the parties involved to negotiate with Israel on all the aspects of the arrangements as well as for the final agreement. In order to implement this, arrangements should be made regarding the Gaza strip. Once the stability is obtained in the Gaza Strip, negotiations regarding the final Israeli-Arab agreement should begin. The negotiation should address all the important issues like border, refugees, Jerusalem, land, etc. Endless conflict can be replaced by a peaceful future, but only if acted differently. The concept of Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be put aside in favor of Israeli-Arab agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as Arab involvement will also enable Palestinians to exit the Cul-de-sac by broadening the consensus base; Palestinians can digest compromises on issues that are at core of a Palestinian narrative (which is totally unacceptable to Israel) if this is done within a larger Arab consensus framework.
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