The upcoming takeover of Biden as president of the United States promoted the circulation of numerous articles analyzing his possible positions and policies regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For the most part, it is predicted the return to the old discourse of the two-state, two-people solution as proposed and promoted by their Democratic predecessors Clinton and Obama.
It would be convenient for Biden not to forget his experience in March 2010 when he visited Israel for the first time as vice president of the United States. On that occasion, his arrival in the region was part of the campaign to promote the solution of the Palestinian conflict. -Israeli based on Obama’s famous speech in Cairo in 2009. Demonstrating typical Israeli arrogance, Netanyahu gave the distinguished US representative a resounding diplomatic slap when the construction of thousands of homes in the West Bank for Jewish settlers was authorized during the visit.
The return to the worn disk of two states not only demonstrates a marked ignorance of the political spectrum of the parties involved in the conflict, but in practice it is the best guarantee to continue eternalizing the status quo in the region and becoming the best gift to Netanyahu. As long as the Israeli and Palestinian leadership fail to overcome their extremist minorities willing to sabotage any attempt at a peaceful settlement, the two-state solution is an utopia. Furthermore, the trigger that can explode the eternal status quo at any moment as a consequence of the repeated return to the two-state project is solely in the hands of the Palestinians: to dissolve the Palestinian Authority overnight.
If Biden’s true purpose is to move toward a possible way out of today’s troubled situation toward a horizon with relatively appropriate prospects for an equitable solution, he will necessarily have to publicly offer two alternatives. The proposal must be accompanied by one condition: the rejection, partial or total, of both alternatives will necessarily lead to a basic reconsideration of US relations with Israel and / or Palestine.
1. The US recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the entire territory of the West Bank
2. Israel will automatically and unconditionally grant full Israeli citizenship and equal rights to all Palestinians residing in the West Bank.
3. Israeli law will apply throughout the West Bank equally to all its residents.
4. The US and the international community will provide financial support in order to equalize the living standards of the Palestinian population of the West Bank to the Israeli.
5. US economic and military aid to Israel will continue at its current levels.
6. The Palestinian National Authority disappears.
1. Israel declares that its limits are the armistice lines in force on June 4, 1967 with the sole correction of the peace accords with Jordan.
2. Israel undertakes to immediately and completely halt Israeli colonization in the West Bank and to dismantle the existing one within 10-15 years.
3. Relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will continue under the order imposed by the Oslo accords.
4. The security of the entire territory of the West Bank will continue as it is today within the frameworks defined in the Oslo accords as long as it does not respond to objective rates by which Palestinian forces guarantee, to the satisfaction of Israel, security within its limits with the West Bank.
5. Once point 2 above has been fulfilled and the objective security levels according to point 4 have been verified, the phase of the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the territory of the West Bank would proceed.
6 . US military and economic aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority will continue at their levels prior to Trump’s cuts.
To any person with a minimum understanding of the reality of the region is very clear that the continuity of the status quo, as it is known today, will finally lead to the consolidation of Israel as a binational state with the Palestinian population subjected to an apartheid regime. Under these conditions, Israel will probably continue to receive unconditional support from US governments thanks to pressure from Jewish magnates from that country who contribute millions of dollars to electoral campaigns, as Trump recently recognized. The other side of the coin will be the growing aversion to Israel and the Jewish people, as it is already perceived in the world today, and which probably lead to higher levels of antisemitism.
Herzlya – Israel 15-11-2020