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Israel’s diabolic plan for Palestine

Feb 10,2018 - Last updated at Feb 10,2018

I suspect that while the international community is seemingly working in earnest for the two-state solution for the Palestinian conflict as the only just and sustainable solution for the Palestinian crisis, Israel's planners could be contemplating another formula that would allow the Palestinians some form or another of self-rule in the West Bank, no more no less.

In Israel's eyes, something along the lines of the Kurdistan experiment in Iraq is considered. It would allow the Palestinians the enjoyment of autonomy of sorts with, of course, limited jurisdictions on the local level, but no jurisdiction over defence or external relations with neighbouring countries and beyond. This way, Israel is perhaps thinking the Palestinians would enjoy some attributes of statehood but without necessitating the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank.

Under this diabolic scheme, Israel would go ahead and annex the West Bank formally and officially but without the fanfare of seeking to implement the one-state solution. This way, Israel must be thinking, it can "have its cake and eat it".

As a matter of fact, much of such a plan is already implemented on the ground on the basis of the Oslo accord but without formal declaration. Many countries have opted for this autonomy idea to solve their domestic ethnic or other minority conflicts, such as Belgium, the Russian Federation and Spain. 

A more benign arrangement for such a scheme could be found in the adoption of a federal system of government or even a confederation between Israel and the Palestinian state in the West Bank that could be more marketable and "digestible" under the prevailing conditions in the region. This way, Jerusalem can indeed become the joint capital for Palestine and Israel.

Judging by the bitter and frustrating experiences over the past half century of Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, I don't quite see Israel withdrawing from the occupied Palestinian territories by peace negotiations.

Israel is needlessly obsessed with the Gaza precedent and fears that Hamas would eventually return to the West Bank with vengeance should its forces leave the territory. As long as war is not a viable option, the two sides may have to entertain some new ingenious ways to solve their seemingly "eternal" stand-off hitherto unexplored.

In any case, the two-state solution and the federation idea are not mutually exclusive as it would be conceivable that the two states living side by side in peace and harmony and driven by geographic constraints, would entertain some form of federation or another between them.

In other words, a variation on the ideal two-state model may have to be considered.

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A two state- solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict could modified by a confederation between Palestine and Israel with Jerusalem as the Capital of the Federation, which could meet the security of both Palestine and Israel

israel. having conquered the lands. but also take the responsibility of the conqueror. it is not enough to put palestinians on reservations in gaza and the west bank. there needs to evolve formulas to allow the conquered people to have shelter, food, education and employment. israel will not allow militias to prosper. eventually gaza and west bank will be pacified. although not possible now. eventually the israelis and the palestinians need to form an economic block. it will mean great advancements for both peoples. for now. those generations that have felt the bad times. if in the eurolands or in palestine. this generations have memories that do not allow compromise. but eventually they will die off. and their hate too.

This "diabolic plan" has been in force since 1967, and has not been a secret for people around the world who are interested and care about Palestine.

If the writer lives in Jordan and wants to tell us that this is "news", then, he is delusional.

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