Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Two-State Progress

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Two-State Progress

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To the Editor:

Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon ("The Death and Life of the Two-State Solution," July/August 2015) focus on how to move Israel toward supporting a two-state accord. But there is another side to the discussion: how to move Palestinian leaders toward supporting such an agreement.

The Palestinians have had multiple opportunities to secure a state of their own. These began with the two-state proposal of the United Kingdom's Peel Commission in 1937, followed by the recommendation of the un Special Committee on Palestine ten years later. The Arab side rejected both opportunities. From 1948 to 1967, the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem were in Arab, not Israeli, hands, yet there was no effort to create a Palestinian state. After the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel offered to exchange newly acquired lands for peace, again without success. In 2000-2001 and again in 2008, the Israeli government put a two-state proposal on the table, neither time triggering a Palestinian counter-offer. And Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was met not with confidence-building measures by the Palestinians but with missiles and mortars from Hamas-ruled areas. …

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