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Palestine: One or Two State Solution

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The Palestine National Council (PNC) is the PLO's legislative body. It's empowered to proclaim the existence of Palestine. According to the binding 1925 Palestine Citizenship Order in Council, Palestinians, their children and grandchildren automatically become citizens. So do diaspora Palestinians.

Those living in Israel and Jordan have dual nationalities. Occupied Territory residents remain protected persons until a final peace agreement is reached.

If a new Palestinian state consisted of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in their entirety (22% of original Palestine), a two-state solution would work. 

Over half a million Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. They're not leaving. Israel controls most of the land. It won't relinquish it. 

The only solution is one state comprised of Israel and the Territories. At this time, nothing else will work.

PA leaders call current conditions unsustainable. They right. They identified the problem, not the solution. "The international community and Palestinians together need to exercise all possible efforts to preserve the viability of the two-state solution - or consider the alternatives," they say.

How? They're right saying "the only viable solution".is bringing an end to Israel's (45 year) occupation." They stop short of a viable way to do it. 

Abbas won't seek full UN membership. He talks the talk but doesn't walk it. He's a traitor and a fraud. He's more for Israel than Palestine. He'll accept less than what Palestinians have deserved for decades.

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He's comfortable with defeat, not victory. Full UN membership is dependent solely on the General Assembly, not the Security Council. It's irrelevant. It can't prevent membership if Abbas seeks it.

Palestine already is a state. What's left is getting official recognition and full de jure UN membership. Nothing prevents it. It hasn't so far happened because Abbas won't go for the gold. He's more beholden to Israel and Washington than his own people.

That aside, reality on the ground dictates a one-state solution. Ali Abunimah endorsed it in his book titled "One Country : A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse."

He explained the impracticality of partition. It doesn't work. He presented another way that will - one nation for all its people at peace with equal rights. At this stage, it's the only viable alternative if pursued and given a chance.

At the same time, no Israeli leader ever proposed it. Decades of peace negotiations have been entirely one-sided. Israel's solution is take what we give you or no deal. Its most generous offer stopped short of sovereign viability. 

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Israel won't relinquish Palestinian territory it controls. "It is not credible that a society would invest billions of dollars in road and housing that it truly intended to give up," said Abunimah.

He's right. He also said even the most liberal Israeli leaders "came to embrace Palestinian statehood in theory while undermining it in practice." For decades, expropriation of Palestinian land and dispossessing its residents have been official policy. It still is. 

Doves and hardliners concur. Only their rhetoric differs. "Creating a single state for Israeli Jews and Palestinians could in theory resolve the most intractable issues - the fare of Israeli settlements".the rights of Palestinian refugees, and the status of Jerusalem."

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I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

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