Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
For decades, the United States and the West have pushed for, and failed to negotiate, a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The concept, which calls for the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, has been a key part of the long stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Although there is still hope for such an agreement, the popularity of a one-state solution is growing, especially among Palestinians.
In a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Polling Research (PSR), 33% of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip said they support a one-state solution. This number is up from 24% just three months ago. In an interview, Khalil Shikaki, director of the SRP, said Palestinians who support a one-state solution are generally younger, nationalist and secular, but the growth in popularity seems to be more widespread this time.
One reason could be Israel’s continued construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank, which is illegal under international law. For many Palestinians, the continued annexation of Palestinian land makes it difficult for a viable Palestinian state to be formed through negotiation with Israel.
In this episode of The Stream, we examine whether a one-state solution is really a more realistic path to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Nour Odeh, @nour_odeh
Khaled Elgindy, @elgindy_
Senior Researcher, Middle East Institute
Omri Boehm, @omri_boehm
Author, Republic of Haifa