The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has gone through a number of events lately which would make one forget that perhaps the two-state solution might not be the best for the people in the Holy Land in the long run. The upgrade of Palestine to an official Observer State at the UN-meeting on November 29, 2012 seems to pave the way for the establishment of a Palestinian land which would consist of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The support for Israel seems to be dwindling rapidly, as only 9 countries voted against the Palestinian status upgrade, amongst which were of course the United States and Israel themselves. Other countries who voted against were Canada, the Czech Republic, Panama and a number of lackey-islands of the US in the Pacific (1).
Despite Israel losing ground in the international arena, the Israeli Prime Minister has approved the building of another 3,000 new settlements in the so-called E1-zone between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jerusalem, effectively splitting the Westbank into a Northern and Southern part (2). This movement by Israel has even sparked some anger by loyal governments like that from France, England, Germany, the US and the Netherlands.
Muammar Gaddafi has been one of the most vocal opponents to the now so popular two-state solution. Instead of favoring the emergence of aPalestinian state he thought that the only lasting solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict could come from a one-state solution, which he called Isratine. This country of Isratine would consist of the current Israel together with the Gaza Strip and Westbank that were annexed in 1967. He still advocated for that solution, only days before his country came under attack by NATO and its army of extremists, eventually leading to his assassination (3).
In 2003 Muammar Gaddafi presented his 'white book' in which he outlined his (and his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's) perspective on the Palestinian-Israel conflict (4). The main ideas were that the Israelis, Arabs and Palestinians would live together in onestate, with all citizens having equal rights. In two youtube-videos on the white book (5) you can hear about the backgrounds for his ideas. He integrates the ideas of many zionists and other zionist-critics on the topic.
He admits that the mountainous area of the West Bank could not be accepted by Israel as belonging to another hostile country, because it would leave Israel too weak to be properly defended. He also says that the area in the West Bank would be too small for the four million Palestinian refugees to return to. It would also leave the West Bank too fragile amidst Israel and Jordan.
He furthermore suggested to make Isratine, or the Federal Republic of the Holy Land into a country with 5 regions and Jerusalem as a city state. As part of the establishment and the recognition of this new country by all Arab Nations the new country would have to do away with their nuclear arms.
Gaddafi stated that neither the Palestinians, nor the Jews can be called the rightful or historical owners of the land. There have been many people on that land, and it would be best to accept that they would simply have to live together, as Jews have been able to live amidst muslim people in many cities in the arab world, often having their Jewish quarters.
In a famous speech in Damascus in 2009 Muammar Gaddafi addressed the Arab League and questioned the idea of 'accepting the 1967-borders' as the borders of Palestine. Watch the first couple of minutes in the video below to hear about his convincing arguments. He reminds the other Arab States that Israel confiscated Gaza from Egypt, and the West Bank from Jordan in 1967. If the Arab League would accept the borders before the 1967-war, it would mean that the Arabs were fighting in vain against Israel between 1948 and 1967.
Even though neither the Israelis, nor the Arabs and the Palestinians are really fond of the idea to establish a country together, it might - in the long run - be the only lasting solution for the peoples inhabiting the 'holy land', and wouldn't it be an excellent gift for both Yahweh and Allah by the people of Isratine, if they could show their gods that they are able to live peacefully together within one country?
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