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Desired Palestinian State under Three Powers

14 June 2017

"Ending the occupation that began in 1967 and achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty". Israel will claim that the Arabs were simply not ready for peace.

"Whether it's a child imprisoned by a military court or shot unjustifiably, or a house demolished for lack of an elusive permit, or checkpoints where only settlers are allowed to pass, few Palestinians have escaped serious rights abuses during this 50-year occupation", Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW, said.

The global body's chief said the occupation has shaped the lives of Palestinians and Israelis alike, fueling "recurring cycles of violence and retribution". And most Israeli national security experts, including a vast majority of former military generals and former Mossad and Shin-Bet chiefs, point out that a two-state solution is necessary for Israel's survival as a democracy and a Jewish state.

The territories Israel occupied at the end of the war had a population that at the time was roughly equal to the number of Jews living in Israel.

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Since then, there have been multiple failed opportunities for Israel to reach an agreement with the Palestinians. "Which means that Israel will cease to be a Jewish and democratic state... unless we - the Israelis - will impose an apartheid over the Palestinians".

The negotiations have stumbled and stopped. The latest Israeli poll shows 47 per cent of Israelis support the emergence of a Palestinian state based on the border of 1967 - keeping the major settlement blocs - while 39 per cent are opposed.

Abbas is under pressure from the USA and Israel to halt monthly payments to thousands of current and former prisoners who were held for actions linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Recent polls reveal that 47% of Israelis and 47% of Palestinians continue to call for two states.

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According to the rights group, the Israeli regime has seized thousands of square kilometers of Palestinian land for settlements and their supporting infrastructure since 1967.

The economic gulf between Israelis and Palestinians is striking.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman said today that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's vow to build across the occupied West Bank was a "challenge" to Donald Trump's efforts to restart peace talks.

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Desired Palestinian State under Three Powers