Palestinian Majority backs one-state solution

Israeli leftist have seen for decades that the Palestinian state is the lifeline for Israel as a predominantly Jewish state, and warn that without a two-state solution the situation will confidently evolve into (a one-state solution).


Despite the new US administration’s emphasis on its commitment to a two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the two-state solution is no longer popular among Palestinians, according to opinion polls.


A few days ago, Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan announced that the dream of two separate states, one Palestinian its capital East Jerusalem and the other Israel.


Dahlan explained that “the occupation destroyed all the chances of the two-state solution”, he is personally ready for one state as a challenge option” .


Dahlan realizes that one or the other of the two solutions will soon will be activated soon.


Even Abu Mazen, said in a speech in Ramallah on October 2, warned Israel that its rejection of the two-state solution is forcing the Palestinians to consider alternatives. One, he said, is a return to the United Nations partition plan of 1947, and the second – “a single democratic state in the land of historic Palestine, with all political and civil rights for Palestinians”.


Hamas rushed to support Dahlan’s announcement “The one state is their vision” Arab domination, of course. “It will be the best solution for us, if we succeeded to convince our people and the international community to adopt it. “


Dr. Ahmed Youssef, one of Hamas’s ideologues, said that the two-state solution is on its way to lost, and Israel is leaving us with no chance for its implementation.


According to recent data released by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center, support for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel is steadily declining, while support for a one-state solution and an end to the occupation. West Bank and East Jerusalem among Palestinians is increasing.


A previous report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in cooperation with the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion found that less than 40% of the Palestinian public supported the two-state solution at the expense of one-state alternatives.


The rest of the peace process is no longer condemned by all parties, except by speeches, after former US President Donald Trump responded to numerous Israeli demands, such as moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.


But what is most worrying for the Palestinians is that many Arab countries have established peaceful relations or agreements with Israel in the absence of a just solution to the conflict. While the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab world as well as the American recognition of Israel’s claims to Jerusalem were aimed at reaching a true peace agreement with the Palestinians, but both have proceeded without any change in the occupation for the Palestinian territories, this new international support encouraged Israel to strengthen the occupation.


At the same time, there appears to be no sign of an end for the conflicts between Hamas in Gaza and the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization in the West Bank, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, 86, is approaching the 20th year of his so-called four-year term after having recently canceled parliamentary elections.


More than 70 percent of those polled in the Jerusalem Center for Media and Communications poll said Abbas should quickly announce a new election date. Despite the Palestinians’ challenges, these issues are not new.


While the main changes not seem close, Israel worried about the long-term stability of the Palestinian Authority that it is pressuring European and Arab allies to increase their donations to Abbas. Israel’s calls for financial support for the Palestinian Authority may seem illogical.


Joseph Dana, an analyst specializing in Middle East and Near East affairs, says the Palestinian Authority has become the most effective tool for Israel to continue to oppress the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian Authority security forces, which have been trained and equipped by Israel, the United States and Jordan, are the first line of defense of Israeli interests in the West Bank. Palestinian Authority security forces respond first to any Palestinian protest against the occupation.


He pointed out that with donations from European and Arab countries, the PA could allocate enough funds to keep Palestinian officials obedient and unwilling to risk anything with a new intifada.


Israel will use this strategy by further supporting for the Palestinian Authority.


Israel has learned well to tighten its control over people through the Apartheid in South Africa and Rhodesia.


Yet, Joseph Dana says, history teaches us that these minority systems based on unequal and discriminatory behavior will not last forever. The occupation may seem strict, but it will change and be transformed in the future. But the stability of the Palestinian Authority is the best measure as long as change takes hold in Palestine. The conflict will enter a new, unknown chapter when the Palestinian Authority collapses.


Arab Observer

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