Feb. 21, 2017
- Palestinians Must Earn a Two-State Solution – Alan Dershowitz
Back in the 1930s, Great Britain established the Peale Commission, tasked to recommend a solution to the conflict between Arabs and Jews in Mandatory Palestine. It recommended a two-state solution with a tiny noncontiguous Jewish state alongside a large Arab state. The Jewish leadership reluctantly accepted this sliver of a state; the Palestinian leadership rejected the deal, saying they wanted there to be no Jewish state more than they wanted a state of their own.
Palestinian leaders missed many opportunities over the years to secure a state. And for the past several years, the current Israeli government has offered to sit down and negotiate a two-state solution with no preconditions, but the Palestinian leadership has refused to negotiate.
The time has come – indeed it is long past – for the U.S. to tell the Palestinians that they must negotiate with Israel if they want a Palestinian state, and must agree to end the conflict, permanently and unequivocally. Otherwise, the status quo will continue, and there will be only one state, and that state will be Israel. (Jerusalem Post)