A Trilateral Confederation: Israel, Jordan, and Palestine

  • Shai Har-El


Although the two-state solution, which calls for “two states for two peoples,” is increasingly losing support among Israelis and Palestinians, it still remains the basic approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This concept was first presented in 1937 by Britain’s Peel Commission and subsequently proposed by the United Nations in the 1947 Partition Plan. Since 1993, this solution has been accepted not only by the international community but also by Israelis and Palestinians themselves. In 2002, it was proffered by US President George W. Bush as a new vision for the Middle East and supported by the Arab League. Since US President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in January 2009, he too has promoted this vision. Even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his famous speech at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University in June 2009, spoke of a Palestinian state, albeit one with very strict limits and certain conditions.


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