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Why Israel is hesitant about creating an independent Palestine state
Palestine state becoming a non-member observer state in United Nations' General Assembly is no great deal. Israel fears that its identity may be submerged in the great Arab sea if it grants independence to Palestine state. That's why it denies it so.

THE UNITED Nations’ General Assembly on Friday 30 November, 2012 voted by 138-9 to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state in the foremost international body. There were 41 absentees in the vote.


The world has changed and it has changed forever. The idea of vote is becoming universal and people and nations do tend to vote for people and nations of their own identities. The US could not have given any retaliatory threats to those who voted for the Palestine state. Equally, there is no denying the fact that two-state solution is the only solution to the Israel-Palestine dispute. The fact is that Israel does not have the flexibility even of the institutions to accommodate Palestinian aspirations permanently even though Israel is a full-fledged democracy. The Israelis and Palestinians are completely different people. More than that, majority of Arabs consider Israel as their enemy.

Can’t a derived Western state like, Israel, understand this simple fact? And if it does understand then why does it deny the statehood to Palestine people? There is not much pleasure in hedonism and sadism for Israel as a state. Nor Israel should show machismo.

The reason for Israel denying statehood is that it fears that a fully sovereign Palestine state would soon loose neutrality and would violate treaty obligations and Israel will be surrounded all over by more powerful Arabs such as Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and even Saudi Arabia and their militaries. This would give Israeli military establishment a lot of anxiety and Arabs would pose a more potent threat to the Israeli state than they do at present. In addition, Israel, at present, is surrounded mostly by Sunnis but after Palestine independence both Sunni and Shia’s immigrations may complicate the situation for the Jewish state. In all likelihood, at least in the short-to-middle term, the sectarianism and divisionism in Islam is going to increase and such would add to the anxiety and complexity in Israel-Palestine region (IPR)

The Arabs’ incursions could make Jews a minority in IPR and would put many demographic challenges other than military ones. Israel can also fear loss of institutional inertias, democracy and dominance in the region. Probably the US agrees with this version and that may be very valid reasoning. Israel is the biggest ally of the US in the region and a hope for democracy in the Middle East.

While this could be true but one has to find solution in order to resolve the stagnation in Israeli-Palestine relationship. The most appropriate thing would be to grant conditional sovereignty to Palestine state. For that Israel can sign a ‘standstill agreement’ with the Arab states with the US being the sole guarantor. The standstill agreement would imply that the Arab states would not violate Palestine boundaries nor there will be immigration beyond a point and in return Israel would admit and accept the sovereignty of the Palestine state. As soon as Arabs cross the quantitative limits of immigration as fixated by agreement or send arms, ammunition or their military to Palestine state, Israel could take over the Palestine state. It is a bit difficult thing for the Palestine people to digest but this may be the only realistic approach to resolve the Middle East dispute. But as soon as Arabs withdraw their militaries Israel would withdraw from the Palestine state. Obviously, the process can not be repeated more than two-times. After two attempts the relationship between Jews and Arabs would freeze and the tensions would increase beyond manageable level.

There is also a problem of the constitution of Palestine state. No theocratic or non-democratic Palestine state could emerge from the powerful state of Israel. Therefore, would be Palestine state should be peaceful, secular and democratic. The Hamas should be ready to get dissolved. The Palestine can keep limited ground troops but to understand the reality and power-structure. There should be verified decommissioning of the whole Palestine land and all rockets aimed at Israeli cities should be withdrawn. In return Israel will promise no action against Palestine state if it fully affirms the treaty with Israel.  

The issue of refugees could be resolved with the help of linked-instrument whereby Israel would allow limited return of Palestinian refugees in return for trade concessions by Arab states. These Palestinians can work in expanded Jewish business operation worldwide. The issue of Jerusalem can be resolved by a clever paperwork resulting in the partial loss of Israeli and Palestinian sovereignty and the lost sovereignty getting invested in peace. All the Christians sites should come under the authority of Vatican, Jewish their own, and Islamic sites under the authority of Mecca.

The issue of water can be resolved by investing in futuristic technology of converting saline water into safe and affordable drinking water but the Palestine state can not put any condition on Israeli lifestyle. The issue of security is of utmost importance to Israel and it can sign web of bilateral and multilateral treaties with its neighbors with the help of the US. Trade and commerce of Palestine state with their neighbors should be allowed by Israeli.

No matter how complex the solution be and how cumbersome the future state looks like; divided and spread, it should become a reality. The Palestinians and other Arabs should accept the right of Jewish state to exist peacefully and the state of Israel should freeze the Jewish settlement in the West Bank and agree for around 80% sovereignty of Palestine state. The Israeli settlers in the West Bank should give part of their tax to Palestinian authority. Consumerism should increase in IPR region and fundamentalism should go down. 


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