Israeli Position: Two States for Two Peoples
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"Two states for two peoples"
Time after time,
Israel has stated its desire to see two states - the State of
Israel and a Palestinian state - living side by side in peace and security (as expressed in US President Bush's vision
of 24 June 2002). Israel believes that a true resolution of the conflict will see two national states, a Palestinian
state for the Palestinian people and a Jewish state for the Jewish people. Israel has no desire to rule over the
Palestinians, and believes that a truly democratic Palestinian state fully at peace with Israel will promote the
long-term security and well-being of
Israel as a Jewish state.
Israel has no qualms regarding the
establishment of a Palestinian state, per se. The only issue is what kind of Palestinian state should be established.
Will it be a democratic state of law and order, which eschews terrorism, violence and incitement and therefore be a
state with which Israel can live in peace? Or will it be an anarchic state that is continuing on the path of violence
and terrorism, which will not only endanger Israel but the stability of the region as a whole?
Israel cannot abide the establishment of a terrorist state along its borders. Efforts towards establishing a Palestinian state must take Israel's rights and vital interests into account, especially on matters of security, so that there can be peace and stability in the region.
Israel’s goal of being a democratic Jewish state, living in harmony with its neighbors, led it to embrace the vision of two states for two peoples as resolved by the United Nations' partition plan in 1947. Israel realized that the peoples of the Middle East are neighbors whose futures are inevitably linked. No peace will last that fails to take this into account.
It has taken nearly 60 years, and far too many wars, for this vision to be recognized by Israel’s immediate neighbors, the Palestinians. Events following the Hamas takeover of Gaza suggest that the time has never been more appropriate to finally realize this vision.
The establishment of Israel answered the historic national aspirations of the Jewish people - whether those living in the Holy Land, fleeing the horrors of the Holocaust or expelled from Arab lands. The future Palestinian state must fill a similar purpose for Palestinians. It must be the embodiment of the national claims of all the Palestinian people - of those in the West Bank and Gaza, of those refugee camps in neighboring Arab states and of those living throughout the rest of the world.
Israel has a vested interest, shared by moderates throughout the region, in the creation of a stable, prosperous, and peaceful Palestinian state. As demonstrated by its disengagement from Gaza in 2005, Israel is ready to take painful steps to advance this goal. However, it must know that its partners are ready also for historic compromise that will bring lasting peace.
These texts are taken from material published by the Israel Ministry of Foreign affairs. with additional comments and hyperlinked materials. They were apparently published in connection with the Annapolis peace conference of 2007, but they have extensive applicability beyond it. They explain fundamentals of Israeli policy as well as the meaning of Zionism and history of the conflict.
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs text is at Israel, the Conflict and Peace. Original text is copyright by Ami Isseroff and Zionism-Israel Center.
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