A conflict-ending resolution that results in two states is the only way to guarantee Israel’s security in the long term. Nobody can guarantee a complete end to all violence once a peace deal is reached. But it is clear that without a negotiated resolution to the conflict, violence will continue. Indeed, Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory has not made it secure; in fact, as many of Israel’s senior security officials have argued, the opposite is the case.
A negotiated resolution will ensure that Israel has secure, defensible, universally recognized borders. A cornerstone of such an agreement will be the fulfillment of Palestinian security obligations and the cessation of acts of violence terror. Accordingly, a resolution to the conflict must be accompanied by strong and enforceable security arrangements, such as those proposed by General John Allen in 2014, as well as an international mechanism that holds the parties responsible for maintaining their commitments.
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