July 19, 2019

In Favor of an Israel-Palestinian Federation

“The latest round of attacks and counterattacks in Israel and Gaza demonstrates the respective governments’ inability to extricate their people from an awful situation, decades in the making.

Palestinians and Israelis live in the same land, share the same utility grids, roads, economy, and currency. A confederation government representing both peoples, working in conjunction with the Israeli and Palestinian governments, could be a gamechanger.

Throughout the world, federations have worked to allow groups with different interests to thrive under a common government.

The Israeli Palestinian Confederation [“IPC”] would more readily come up with solutions. It would provide a broader perspective to resolve issues. The IPC would be a forum for the people who live and breathe the daily reality, to solve their issues based on common interests. It would not replace the existing Israeli or Palestinian governments, nor would it prevent them from reaching their own agreements. Since the IPC would not be Israeli or Palestinian (but rather Israeli-Palestinian), it would be more trustworthy, treated with less suspicion, and easier for both sides to accept.

An IPC would establish an educational curriculum for both sides to teach tolerance and understanding of each other. It could propose, refine, and adopt substantial economic options not now available to them, including: joint economic zones, joint passports, joint airports, mutual economic projects, as well as forging relationships with other countries not previously available to one side or another.”

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