Since the probability of the Israelis and Palestinians being able to peacefully coexist in one state is about as likely as Kim Kardashian deciding to settle on a life of privacy, it's pretty obvious that an alternative solution has to be formulated. The easiest and most efficient solution would be for the Palestinians' Arab friends to take them in and grant them citizenship rights. Especially since it can be said without much doubt that Saudi Arabia won't be running out of oil money anytime soon, they could theoretically afford to provide every single Palestinian refugee with a free house and a Mercedes to go with it. But rather than pressuring the Palestinians' oil-rich friends to do what they should've done fifty years ago, the United States and many European powers are instead pressuring Israel to negotiate new borders for a future Palestinian state. In theory, this COULD work. When you have two children on the playground who get into a fight, what do you do? Well, if you're smart, you separate them. Why not try this with the Israelis and Palestinians? Since they can't get along together, just separate them. Unfortunately, accomplishing this is far more complicated than separating two kids in a playground.
Assume for a moment that there's actually some minuscule possibility that the Israelis and Palestinians reach a point of mutual agreement on the borders of a future Palestinian state. What's the problem now? Here's the harsh reality: the Palestinians desire for a state of their own is dwarfed by their ultimate goal of eliminating Israel from existence and liberating what they claim are the "historic borders of Palestine." They make no effort to hide this either. In fact a recent poll showed that sixty-five percent of Palestinians said they supported an intifada, or armed resistance, with Israel. Peace cannot be forced upon the Palestinians if they adamantly don't want it. Unless they're willing to abandon their genocidal desires to wipe out Israel, the two state solution, or any agreement for that matter, won't work. "Peace highway" goes two ways and Israel can only go so far on it. The Palestinians must be willing to go the remaining distance.
But what else should we do then? The current situation isn't maintainable and a one state solution is as naive an idea as Kanye West for president. If not a two state solution, what else? Instead of asking "what else?" the question we should REALLY be asking is "why not?" Those might sound like two different ways of posing the same question, but in reality they're totally different. No one with any common sense can possibly oppose a two state solution in its entirety. It's the only way that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians would be possible. The fundamental problem with it is that, from a security standpoint, such a move would be an absolute catastrophe for Israel.
The Israeli-Palestinian peace process can be compared to a long-distance highway trip, with the destination being a solution. The final stop isn't far down the road. All that the car needs is to be fueled by a genuine interest on the side of the Palestinians to live alongside Israel in peace. Once that fuel is provided, than this seemingly endless highway of violence can finally come to an end and bring peace to what is undoubtably the most volatile region in the world. If Abbas truly cares about his people and is the dove of peace that the Europeans view him as, than he needs to look inside himself and ask the billion-dollar question: "Is this never-ending cycle of violence really the best path for my people?" If he says no, than this conflict could end tomorrow. How awesome would that be!
My name is Benjamin Jaffe. I was born and raised in South Florida and plan on majoring in political science at Hebrew University in Israel.