The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East
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A manifesto that exposes the flaws in the two-state policy of the United States toward Israel and the Palestinians and offers a direct and powerful call for Israeli sovereignty in the region.
The reigning consensus in elite and academic circles is that the United States must seek to resolve the Palestinians' conflict with Israel by implementing the so-called two-state solution. Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the region’s ills. It would end the Arab world’s conflict with Israel, because the reason the Arab world is anti-Israel is that there is no Palestinian state. It would also nearly erase the principal cause of the violent extremism in the rest of the Middle East.
In a time when American politics are marked by partisan gridlock, the two-state solution stands out for its ability to attract supporters from both sides of the ideological divide. But the great irony is that it is one of the most irrational and failed policies the United States has ever adopted.
Between 1970 and 2013, the United States presented nine different peace plans for Israel and the Palestinians, and for the past twenty years, the two state solution has been the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy. But despite this laser focus, American efforts to implement a two-state peace deal have failed—and with each new attempt, the Middle East has become less stable, more violent, more radicalized, and more inimical to democratic values and interests.
In The Israeli Solution, Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post, examines the history and misconceptions behind the two-state policy, most notably:
- The huge errors made in counting the actual numbers of Jews and Arabs in the region. The 1997 Palestinian Census, upon which most two-state policy is based, wildly exaggerated the numbers of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Neglect of the long history of Palestinian anti-Semitism, refusal to negotiate in good faith, terrorism, and denial of Israel’s right to exist.
- Disregard for Israel’s stronger claims to territorial sovereignty under international law, as well as the long history of Jewish presence in the region.
- Indifference to polling data that shows the Palestinian people admire Israeli society and governance. Despite a half-century of domestic and international terrorism, anti-semitism, and military attacks from regional neighbors who reject its right to exist, Israel has thrived as the Middle East’s lone democracy.
After a century spent chasing a two-state policy that hasn’t brought the Israelis and Palestinians any closer to peace, The Israeli Solution offers an alternative path to stability in the Middle East based on Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
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anti-American ideology. Washington has taken the same approach in its dealings with Syria, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia, and the Muslim Brotherhood. In all cases, America’s embrace of the two-state solution as the centerpiece of its regional policy is the key reason that American policy makers insist that the actions, stated intentions, and ideologies of all regional actors aside from those of Israel are irrelevant. Regional peace can be established only after Israel surrenders to all the
Hamas terrorist organization and enjoys a close relationship with the Iranian regime. As the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, the Hamas-controlled government enjoyed a fraternal relationship with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government during its tenure in office in 2012–13. Hamas played an active role in toppling Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s regime during the mass protests that took place in Egypt between January 25 and February 8, 2011, in the service of the Muslim
free-trade zone between the two governments.44 To this end, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met with Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo that August,45 just days after Hamas gunmen allegedly murdered sixteen Egyptian policemen at a checkpoint on the Egypt-Israel border.46 Morsi blamed the attack on Israel.47 In June 2013, during the mass demonstrations that led to the Egyptian military’s seizure of power from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian army closed the land terminal linking Gaza to
Christians have reportedly been abducted and forced to convert to Islam under penalty of death.15 At the end of the Christmas holiday in 2012, dozens of the Gaza Christians who had traveled to Bethlehem asked Israel to grant them asylum.16 The Christians of Gaza are not alone in their suffering. In recent years, hundreds of Christian Arabs in Jerusalem have moved from Arab neighborhoods to Jewish ones because they feared persecution at the hands of their Muslim neighbors. Since the