Is there a viable one-state solution to the conflict?
Some skeptics of a two-state solution argue it is no longer possible and the goal should be a bi-national state, with equal rights for all citizens.
What We Say:
There is no such thing as a “one-state solution,” only a “one-state nightmare.” Neither Israelis nor Palestinians have given up on their national aspirations. They will both continue laying claim to the same piece of land, condemning them to unending conflict.
Without a two-state solution, Israel will soon be forced either to cede its Jewish character to an Arab majority or to invite the world’s unprecedented condemnation and isolation as a profoundly undemocratic state. Both options would compromise the principles upon which Israel was founded.
Active promotion of “one-state” as a solution diverts energy and resources from the only path that allows both sides to achieve their goals, and contradicts what both peoples want – a homeland of their own.
For the Record:
Israeli President Shimon Peres:
“The idea of a binational state endangers the Jewish, Zionist and democratic nature of Israel.” Times of Israel, 12/30/2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“There are those in Israel who think that one state is a good idea. I think it is a disaster.” Haaretz, 3/4/2011
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert:
“If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights… the State of Israel is finished.” Haaretz, 11/29/2007
Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz:
A one-state solution poses a greater threat to Israel than Iran. Jerusalem Post, 9/10/2012
Former White House Advisor Dennis Ross:
“There's no such thing as a one-state solution as it relates to peace. That's a contradiction in terms. The idea that one could somehow ignore the demographic reality is anathema to me. The idea that you can somehow wish away the Palestinians is an illusion.” Haaretz, 10/30/2012
Facts and Figures:
Polls have consistently shown that majorities of Israelis and Palestinians desire a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Gallup, 3/30/2012.
Author and philanthropist S. Daniel Abraham explained that in a “one-state solution,” where Palestinians would certainly outnumber Jews, Palestinians would likely vote to remove Israel’s Jewish character. Haaretz, 1/9/2013
According to writer Noah Millman, a “one-state solution” would “turn those unwilling to accept union into rebels against the state [and] since these are currently an overwhelming majority of both communities, you’d have civil war, not coexistence.” American Conservative, 12/11/2012
Israeli columnist Akiva Eldar argued that a binational state would “become a Palestinian state with a Jewish minority overnight.” Haaretz, 11/18/2012
Media specialist Marilyn Katz made the case for why the “only solution is the two-state solution.” Huffington Post, 11/22/2012