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Obstacles and Possibilities for Peace between Israel and Palestine

. The commentary addresses these and other obstacles, but it also notes the important changes that have occurred, making resolution of the conflict possible. These include the pragmatic 1988 PLO decision to create a state next to the state of Israel in the West Bank and Gaza, with a capital in East Jerusalem; the exchange of letters of mutual recognition between Chairman Arafat and Prime Minister Rabin that preceded the 1993 Oslo Principles, and the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002.

Obstacles and Possibilities for Peace between Israel and Palestine
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) meets with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) in New York, U.S., February 11, 2020. THAER GHANAIM / AA Photo
 

Recieved Date: 01/02/2020    Accepted Date: 02/15/2020

 

Identity Issues

 

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be characterized in many ways. Clearly it has historic aspects, territorial, and for many, ideological aspects, as well as religious sources. For some, the conflict combines all of these, contributing in one form or another over the years to psychological aspects. Many factors have kept the conflict alive and prevented solution. Yet there are also factors that could bring about resolution relatively satisfactory for both sides.1 Such a solution, which is indeed possible, is genuine sovereignty for each people, in a two-state solution. This commentary will outline the obstacles to such a solution, as they have appeared over the past decades, but it will also highlight some of the efforts and proposals that have brought the two sides close to success.

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