Sunday 22 October 2017

Hope of a 'one-state solution' for Israel and Palestine

An Israeli man holds up a flag atop a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip in the southern town of Sderot. More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled a Gaza neighbourhood and battled militants on Sunday in the bloodiest fighting in a near two-week-old offensive. Photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
An Israeli man holds up a flag atop a hill overlooking the Gaza Strip in the southern town of Sderot. More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed as Israel shelled a Gaza neighbourhood and battled militants on Sunday in the bloodiest fighting in a near two-week-old offensive. Photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

I visited the West Bank in 1961. It was part of Jordan and the Palestinians were devastated at having been driven off their land. They believed that situation temporary. Between 1961 and 2014 the situation has gotten worse.

Today Israel is the super-power of the Middle East, and while enjoying the unqualified support of the US with the sympathy and commitment of the EU, it lives in fear. The whole area is very tightly controlled so the Palestinians are living in an open-air prison while the Israelis are ruling by terror.

It would take great trust and co-operation for the "Two State Solution" to work. The irony is that if the Palestinians and Israelis could achieve that, the 1948 partition of Palestine is unnecessary.

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