Analysis Of The Two-State Solution For Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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We do not currently have teleportation, so we need real solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since the 1967 War, there has been an ongoing Israeli military occupation, reducing Palestinian autonomy and harming the quality of life for Palestinians. Similarly, Israeli citizens have faced numerous terrorist attacks from radicals, creating a society driven by fear. The conflict is incredibly bloody, and it continues to worsen because the diplomatic representatives of Israel and Palestine cannot agree on anything substantial. Both sides want what is best for their people, and this usually entails a stable and peaceful existence, but without the other. Any further peace negotiations must move towards a two-state solution because a two-state …show more content…
We must look towards a two-state solution. Palestinians want sovereignty, but they do not have the resources to achieve this on their own: they need Israeli cooperation. For Israelis, they want all of Palestine, but in 2013, the Palestinian birth rate was 4.4 and the Israeli Jewish birth rate was 3.0 (Kahzan). Based on the higher Palestinian birth rate, many demographers predict that the Palestinian population will exceed the Israeli Jewish population somewhere in the next thirty years (Kahzan). The rise in Palestinian numbers will create the conditions where Israel will cease to be a Jewish state (Kahzan). Palestine may be happy with this, but they do not have the resources to prosper. After the zoning of the Oslo Accords, Palestinians have complete control over 3% of the rural farming land in the West Bank, and have absolutely no control over 70% of the land in the West Bank, land which includes the Jordan valley, natural reserves like water aquifers, and agricultural lands (Giacaman et. al. 838). Palestine needs the military occupation to end so that they can access these resources, and this withdrawal with require Israeli cooperation. In order to grant Palestine autonomy and in order to let Israel remain a Jewish state, they must look towards a two-state solution. Once the …show more content…
For peace, we desperately need to improve Palestine’s infrastructure, or at the very least, stop hindering its development. The Palestinian people do not have options, so they turn to violence. The dismal conditions and the lack of improvements for the lives of Palestinians spawned the intifadas. We can all agree that violence against each other is bad. So, to gradually eliminate violence against Israeli citizens, and violence against Palestinians from Israeli retaliation, we must strengthen the Palestinian infrastructure, and in doing so, we can give the Palestinian people opportunities to live good lives. So far, Israelis have done nothing but harm Palestinian development. Israel denies Palestinian permits for housing construction and other development projects; moreover it continues to demolish Palestinian buildings (Hadid & Sengupta). Palestine has incredibly inadequate roads, and the new roads being built in the West Bank are primarily for Israeli settlers (Hazboun). Additionally, under the Israeli Occupation, there have been numerous school closures and academic restrictions for subject material (Abu-Duhou). Since the 1967 War, very few Palestinian schools have been built, so now there is overcrowding, limited resources and facilities, and a general lower quality

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