A Two-State Solution is not in Israel’s Interest

It is often claimed that a two-state solution involving an Israeli return to the Auschwitz lines is “inevitable” and “the only solution”. However, this is completely unfeasible for three reasons. 1) There is a consensus in Palestinian society on not agreeing to an end-of-claims final status agreement as that would involve ceding the demand for the immigration of millions of Anti-Zionists to Israel as intended to make a two-state solution purely temporary. 2) Returning to the Auschwitz lines would lead to a situation where Israel could not defend itself other than through preemptive war as nothing would in practice prevent Palestinian terrorist organizations from launching rockets and missiles against Israeli cities (including against Jerusalem) from Judea and Samaria and no agreed upon demilitarization would hinder the Palestinian regime from agreeing to the stationing of foreign troops from major Anti-Zionist countries such as Algeria, Bangladesh, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan in Judea and Samaria and even in the middle of Jerusalem. Israel would in practice be forced to reoccupy the entire Judea and Samaria and hence is Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria a diplomatic non-starter that will never materialize. 3) Deporting 100 000 or more Jews from Judea and Samaria is entirely not feasible and those in Israel who claim it is do ignore that this would lead to limited civil war among Israelis. The restored indigenous Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is already completely irreversible.

The international community hopes for a change of government in Israel so that Israel will once more make offers to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that it knows that the PA will reject due to its unwillingness to terminate its migratory claims. Of course the position of the PA will not change with a leftwing government in power in Jerusalem as the PA completely refused to reciprocate Israeli final status concessions made by the Barak and Olmert governments. The US government is well aware that Mahmoud Abbas is not a partner for peace, yet the US government hopes that a successor will be more amenable to conclude peace with Israel. This ignores that Palestinian rejectionism manifested in refusal to agree to end-of-claims is not limited to Mahmoud Abbas but extends throughout the entire Palestinian society.

Israel’s interest lies in Israeli redemption and enfranchisement of the entire Judea and Samaria once a critical mass of Median Jewish immigrants have arrived in Israel and for Jordan to subsequently annex Gaza. This is not only in the interest of Israel and Jordan but is also in the interests of the Palestinians themselves, despite Palestinian leaders not agreeing to such a solution since they want to perpetuate the conflict until Israel can be militarily defeated and its Jewish population annihilated. It has long been claimed that a two-state solution involving Israeli return to the indefensible Auschwitz lines is in Israel’s interest. It certainly is not and such claims completely lack any semblance of credibility. Israeli incorporation of the entire Judea and Samaria and the subsequent Jordanian annexation of Gaza deconstructs the two-state/one-state dichotomy which is a product of Palestinian propaganda and has come to dominate international discourse as if there are no other solutions. Neither a two-state solution nor a one-state solution is however feasible and Israel applying sovereignty to the entire Judea and Samaria once demographic conditions so permit and Jordan subsequently annexing Gaza is not only in the interest of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians, but it is furthermore the only solution that is possible to implement albeit not immediately so.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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