This semester, I’m finishing my bachelor program in Peace and Development studies at Uppsala University, and I’m doing that by solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Seriously, I solved it. It’s done.
Now, what’s left is simply Israeli and Palestinian leaders obeying my policy recommendations, which could be a little trickier. But when it comes to the actual conflict resolution proposal, I’m quite confident that this would indeed solve the Middle East conflict once and for all.
Here you can download my paper as a PDF: Israel and Palestine – Solving this Mess Once and for All
The paper includes a lot of background, conflict resolution theory and a discussion about pros and cons with both a two-state and a one-state solution. The juicy part is of course my actual solution, which reads like this:
I propose the establishment of a Federation of the Holy Land, consisting of the State of Israel and the state of Palestine based on the 1967 Green Line, as well as the federal district of Jerusalem (including Abu Dis). Both the Knesset and a Palestinian parliament may be located in Jerusalem, together with a new federal parliament and possibly a senate.
The Israeli Defense Forces will be transformed into the Defense Forces of the Holy Land that is subject to the Federal government and that has, together with the police force of respective state, monopoly of violence. All citizens of the Federation will be equal when it comes to voting, freedom of speech, religion, press and assembly, and access to welfare. Citizens have a right to move freely within the federation. While the two federated states may nourish particular cultural and religious identities, the federation as such is secular and multicultural.
The federal government, Supreme Court, military leadership and federal agencies should have representatives from both states. The most important ones should initially be shared 50/50, and after a period of 30 years or so proportionally according to the population size of each state. Both states should of course be democratic by the same standards, and organizations calling for the destruction of another people group should be forbidden.
The proposal means that the initiated establishment of the state of Palestine with its parliament, government and administration has not been in vain, nor will the Jewish state of Israel cease to exist. The proposal aims to minimize the risk of these two states waging war against each other, while increasing equality between Israelis and Palestinians and structurally challenging the paradigm of two enemies bargaining to two partners cooperating.
So, what do you think about this idea? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and pray with me for peace in the Middle East.