The issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts has been a plague to international relations for decades now. With every possible solution exhausted and every possible answer explored, violence continues to rise and peace talks continue to break down. This issue has been in discussion since the British occupation of Palestine in the 1930’s, so why have we not been able to find a possible solution?
The reason why we cannot find the solution to this problem is because we have never had a problem like this before in history. A nation was given to a people without war, without inheritance, without purchase, and especially without consent of the indigenous people. The case of Israel is a international relations phenomenon, and the closest comparison that can be made is that it is like colonization without the enslavement or extermination of the indigenous people. Even this analogy doesn’t do it justice. It is one of the most bizarre situations in our history, however it has come to a head and the problem needs to be solved, and the violence needs to be stopped. One such solution to this problem is the aspect of a two-state system in the land of Palestine where the Palestinian people would be given land in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and the remainder of Israel would remain under control of the present Jewish Israeli government. This solution has many supporters and is viewed by many as an answer that would meet the needs of all parties involved. However, there are several key factors that these people ignore that would actually make a two-state solution more harmful to the Israeli situation. The bi-state system is just another quick fix answer that would only stop the conflict for a short period of time but create more sever, more violent problems in the future.
The first and most important thing to consider, in this new two-state system, is the new country of Palestine. This situation is very similar to the separation of South Sudan from the rest of the country in 2011, which has led to continued border and economic disputes with Sudan. Also, the country is plagued with power struggles within its country and major ethnic conflicts have begun to erupt on the borders and in Southern Sudan itself. BBC Africa states, “South Sudan is one of Africa’s least developed countries.” This is proof that forming a new country in the modern world is extremely difficult, and with many similarities between the Southern Sudanese people and Palestinians (Including religious conflicts, ethnic conflicts, and territorial disputes) the chances are likely that a similar outcome will happen in the middle east.
In international theory it is also extremely important to look at the identity of a state, and the identity of the people in the state. When it comes to the identity of the Palestinian people, since the beginning of the Zionist movements, they have seen themselves as the victims of what they believe is an occupation of their ancestral homelands. One only needs to turn on the news to see that since 1948 (and even before the official formation of Israel) they have been fighting for their rights of their country. The Palestinian freedom fighters have formed several terrorist organizations: Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization just to name a few. Many of these terrorist organizations have worked with or are linked to Al-Qaeda, and have been infiltrating and attacking Israel, Lebanon, and even South Sudan. Their mission is to liberate Palestine, and to eradicate the Jewish people from their homeland and the world.
Now of course we must recognize that not every Palestinian is a terrorist who wants to exterminate the Jewish people, however, we also can’t ignore those who are. For example, Ismail Abu Shanab, one of the founders of the organization Hamas has stated, “We are coming. We have accepted the challenge. We are coming to Tel Aviv. We are coming to every place in Palestine to purify it from the Jews.” Another former leader of Hamas Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi has stated, “We will kill Jews everywhere. There will be no security for any Jews, those who came from America, Russia or anywhere.” As stated earlier these groups (not just Hamas) are Al-Qaeda affiliated and are also supported by the Iranian government. Once again it is important to note that not every Palestinian is affiliated with anti-Jewish terrorist groups, however, we cannot ignore the fact that a two-state system will give these organizations power, momentum, and most importantly a base of operations in which they can work freely. These organizations smuggle their weapons from Egypt into Gaza, or from Jordan into the West Bank. With a country of their own, they could freely trade on the market for these weapons of destruction. They would have a launch and retreat point right on the Israeli border to conduct terrorist operations, and Israel or any other country for that matter would be powerless to stop them without violating the sovereignty of any newly formed Palestinian State. Furthermore, it would be a safe assumption that the Palestinian freedom fighters would not be satisfied with about a third of their homeland, especially if they were to receive the Gaza strip the new Palestinian country would be split in half. One only needs to remember the familiar Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorist attacks in British owned Northern Ireland. These events took place only 20-30 years ago and took thousands of lives in the name of a united Ireland. Yes, it is true that the IRA and the Crown were able to reach a truce, however, the IRA wasn’t on a holy Jihad in which they wished death to Protestants everywhere. The point is, if a new Palestinian state was created, we would be creating a state where terrorist organizations and activities would thrive.
Also, aside from the fact that we would be creating a pro-terrorist state, we would also be creating another state in the middle east that despises Israel and Western (especially American) influence. In such an unstable region of the world another theocratic extremist regime, who vows death to all infidels, would be the last thing an already volatile region needs. Of course it is unpredictable how the Palestinian government will actually behave, but considering its neighbors rhetoric and its increasing relations with Iran, the future of international relations for this new state looks bleak. In addition, the creation of Palestine will not cool tensions between Israel and other middle eastern countries. The country of Israel is still despised by the majority of states in the region, and the formation of Palestine will only add another ally to these nations, and even possibly make these states consider attacking a weaker Israel.
Overall making Palestine a state at this time would be an extremely short-minded and misdirected action. This new country would struggle in today’s world, and create a safe haven for terrorist organizations who vow to reclaim Israel and the extermination of all Jews world-wide. An unstable, poverty stricken country would provide a breeding cesspool for their Jihad. Furthermore, one must question what this solution would actually solve; surely violence would continue, resentment to Jewish Israel would grow, and another potentially hostile country would inhabit the middle east and aid other unstable, extremist regimes. It is time to stop looking for a quick-fix answer. Clearly only harm can come from this, and at the moment the middle east and the world cannot handle anymore complications. We must compromise and find a long term solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It is the international issue that defines our generation. The only question is, are we the generation that solves it or passes it on?
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