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More and more diplomats and observers have come on-and-off-the-record to the conclusion that the establishment of a viable Palestinian state has become impossible. Today, there are as many as ...

More and more diplomats and observers have come on-and-off-the-record to the conclusion that the establishment of a viable Palestinian state has become impossible. Today, there are as many as Palestinians as Israelis living in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. If land-for-peace does not work, is there an alternative? Yes, there is.

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  • Is the One State solution a Fad?
  • or are we at a critical juncture?
  • Welcome to the Revolution
  • a single
  • Palestinians Israeli Jews
  • Palestinians Israeli Jews 12000 9000 6000 3000 0 2000 2010 2020 2050
  • there is no longer a viable connection between territory and ethnicity.
  • even excluding 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, the trends are incontestable.
  • even excluding 1.5 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, the trends are incontestable.
  • no partition is ever going to be acceptable to a majority of Israelis and Palestinians.
  • no partition is ever going to be acceptable to a majority of Israelis and Palestinians.
  • ‘it's five after midnight and whole week later.’ ‘This hard and heavy reality on the ground is not going to be reversed by any conventional peace process’ Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, 4 June 2008
  • ‘it's five after midnight and whole week later.’ ‘This hard and heavy reality on the ground is not going to be reversed by any conventional peace process’ Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, 4 June 2008
  • In a negotiated two- state solution, the most Palestinians can hope for would be an archipelago of disconnected islands permanently dominated by Israel.
  • In a negotiated two- state solution, the most Palestinians can hope for would be an archipelago of disconnected islands permanently dominated by Israel.
  • Israel uses or diverts 85% of the water available in the West Bank. a negotiated two-state solution, would be ecologically unfeasible.
  • Israel uses or diverts 85% of the water available in the West Bank. a negotiated two-state solution, would be ecologically unfeasible.
  • the status quo is not sustainable.
  • Israel costs US taxpayers $3 billion each year, and the Palestinian Authority costs EU taxpayers $1.8 billion each year.
  • In a negotiated two-state solution, Palestinians in Israel would form the same proportion that Albanians did in Serbia before Kosovo declared independence with Western support.
  • In a negotiated two-state solution, Israel would still influence every aspect of the Palestinian economy and a Palestinian state would be neither neither viable nor sovereign.
  • In a negotiated two-state solution, The lack of economic viability and limited opportunity for improvement is likely to encourage frustration.
  • so what
  • so what
  • One State isn’t a fad
  • One State isn’t a fad
  • it’s a fundamental shift in the way
  • It’s not about separation
  • It’s not about separation but finding the way to live together.
  • One State:
  • the question is not whether there will be a One-State solution,
  • One State:
  • the question is no longer whether Israel or Palestine will be binational, but which model to choose.
  • '...It [...] is the only solution that seems to take into account the reality of the two peoples who basically claim the same land' Edward Said
  • 'We aim at a social structure based on the reality of two peoples living together...' Martin Buber
  • 'The very idea is an unpromising mix of realism and utopia, hardly an auspicious place to begin. But the alternatives are far, far worse.’ Tony Judt
  • Hebrew and Arabic will still be the two main national languages.
  • All citizens would be able to pursue their economic rights in one economy.
  • Settlements would not have to be dismantled.
  • All citizens would be free to work and take up residence anywhere in the country.
  • Jerusalem is not different from other mixed cities like Haifa, Jaffa or Ramleh.
  • Albert Einstein believed in it and insisted that ‘no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.’
  • even the return of refugees is feasible.
  • even the return of refugees is feasible.
  • 90% of original Palestinian village sites are still vacant today. 78% of Israeli Jews in Israel live on 15% of the land. The remaining part corresponds with the origins of the majority of Palestinian refugees.
  • With the return of all Palestinian refugees the population density in the whole country would be the same as South Korea.
  • With the return of all Palestinian refugees the population density in the whole country would be the same as South Korea.
  • One State isn’t a fad, it is a win-win for everyone.
  • No one will leave the country.
  • Israelis and Palestinians share the same land and the same natural resources.
  • They share the same aquifers, the same highway network, the same electricity grid and the same borders.
  • They are inextricably mixed throughout the country living in the same space and relying on each other in many different ways.
  • Support for one state is hardly a radical idea.
  • It is simply the recognition of a uncomfortable reality.
  • is it unique?
  • Still think one state is a fad?
  • Welcome to the reality
  • Welcome to the reality
  • Are you ready?
  • @arjanelfassed arjanelfassed.nl