Saturday, August 07, 2010
Kurtz II: Israel’s One and a Half State Solution
Donn M. Kurtz II, Foreign Policy Journal, Aug 6, 2010
Jeremy Hammond, editor of this journal recently argued that the two state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dead. I contend that it was never alive. No Israeli government –regardless of the party or Prime Minister in power — has ever made a serious commitment to the essential reality of a Palestinian state. At best Israel’s idea of a two state solution would lead to one and a half state outcome.
The conventional understanding of statehood involves four components. A state is an entity consisting of a recognized population and territory with a government exercising sovereignty over those people and that territory. In a variety of ways Israeli policy has always contradicted the substance of all four attributes of statehood.