Trump’s No-State Solution…

By Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Wed 15 February / Feb 2017. 01:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Wed 15 February / Feb 2017. 11:52 PM
  • Fahed Khitan

US President Donald Trump’s administration is impartial towards the two-state solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or at least that’s how it seems at first glimpse.

Trump will neither impose nor enforce any terms or conditions upon either one of the two parties to platform a resolution. Hereon, his administration will support whatever arrangement the Palestinian and Israeli parts come up with.

In short, that is America’s position on the issue now, disclosed by a ranking White House official, the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington.

The media, on their part, sees it an abandonment of the United States’ historic role in the advancement of the two-state solution, as the only option to putting the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to rest.

Over the decades, this has been a consistent US proposition: a Palestinian state in Palestine’s occupied 1967 territories, with Jerusalem as its capital, side by side with Israel, in accordance to international UN resolutions and legislation.

Worldwide, still, the two-state solution stands, and based on it, the Arab Initiative for Peace was founded.

For the United States however, it is no longer a constant in the agendas of international relations and policy. And for Netanyahu and his band of fanatics, this is reason to rejoice.

As opposed to Trump’s ‘No-Two-State’ solution, what alternative is there?

If it is a mutual agreement Trump is expect, then it is worth mentioning that the two parties have already agreed to the ‘two-state solution’ long ago.

But it does not seem like that is what the new US administration is waiting on.

More so, it seems Netanyahu’s government want out of the once mutual agreement, but just like Trump’s administration, they also fail to provide an alternative.

Let us put it like this: Palestinians are ready to negotiate options; are the Israelis and Trump?

The only other option is the establishment of a single democratic state over the historic geo-political plane of Palestine; the binational state proposition once coined “Isratin” by Gadhafi.

There are over 9 million Palestinians today residing in historic Palestine, almost as much as there are Israelis. And in about 10 years, Palestinians will outnumber Israelis.

Accordingly, under a single binational democratic state, power will be divided among Palestinians and Israelis, fairly.

In time, it would not be so farfetched to see Palestinians running for Premier and getting elected. Also, it is just as likely that a Palestinian General may arrive at the office of Defence, and none of that would be out of the ordinary.

Typically, this does not appease to the Israeli rhetoric or sentiment.

The world is more or less out of options; the only standing option is the two-state solution, in case Trump’s administration does not already know that!

There are millions of immovable Palestinians there since 1948, and they will never leave. The Israeli occupation has attempted the most hideous of methods to drive them out, ever so failingly.

Equally eager to return to their homeland, millions of Palestinians reside in refuge around the world, possessed by the thought of coming home!

Today, Palestinians qualify as a people, and for all intents and purposes; they carry their Palestinian identity wherever they go, inside Palestine and overseas. While, in terms of numbers, they may even outnumber the global count of Jews everywhere!

Trump and his administration are ignorant of the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They think they can settle this as they would a business deal!

Mindfully, a solution which dismisses the Palestinians’ right to an independent state on national Palestinian soil will most certainly fail.

That said, Netanyahu and Trump can go ahead and propose all they like; the reality of the situation will impose itself, and one or two years from now, Trump’s administration will find no other way but the ‘two-state’ way to resolve the conflict, unless they recognise the Palestinians’ right to the totality of their historic homeland; Palestine. How does that sound?

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic version, published by AlGhad.