- Proposals for a Palestinian state
Proposals for a Palestinian state ( _ar. دولة فلسطين) refer to the proposed establishment of an independent state for the Palestinian people in the
Gaza Strip, which is currently controlled by Hamas, and parts of the West Bank, which is now administered by the Palestinian National Authority. The precise borders of this state are under debate. According to a survey, 100 countries would be prepared to recognize a Palestinian state if and when it should arise. [http://imeu.net/news/article0065.shtml IMEU: 3.10 - How many countries recognize Palestine as a state?] [http://web.archive.org/web/20060404211437/http://www.pna.gov.ps/Government/gov/recognition_of_the_State_of_Palestine.asp International Recognition of the State of Palestine ]
At the dissolution of the
Ottoman Empirefollowing World War I, the victorious European states sought to divide the many regions including the Middle Eastinto political entities - termed League of Nations mandates - according to their own needs, and, to a much lesser extent, according to deals that had been struck with other interested parties. ' Syria' (including the Ottoman autonomous Christian Lebanon and the surrounding areas that became the Republic of Lebanon) came under French control, while ' Mesapotamia', and ' Palestine' (including what became Transjordan) came under British control. Most of these territories achieved "independence" (Some regimes were puppets of the West, Colonial Legacy was continued through granting of exclusive rights to market/manufacture oil and keep troops to defend it.) during the following three decades without unusual difficulty, but the case of Palestine remained problematic.
Following the war and the subsequent entrance of Europeans, two new movements, based on European
nationalism, arose: Arab nationalism, which hinges on the cultural commonalities of all Arab peoples, and Pan-Arabism, which calls for the creation of a united state for all Arabs. Most of the mandate territories achieved independence in the following three decades with relative ease, yet Palestine proved especially difficult for the British.
Historical proposals and events
Palestinian nationalism").("Key terms, events, and proposals are bolded")
The Mandate Period
The future of Palestine was contentious from the beginning of the Palestine Mandate since the British declared support for a "Jewish national home in Palestine" even though most of the population were
Arabs(though in some regions of the territory, most of which are now under Israeli control, Jews formed a majority) at that time there wasn't any majority for Jews, they were inhabiting small farms. It was also, according to one common view, the subject of British promises to the Arabs (creation of a large Pan-Arabstate; promised to the Sharif of Meccain exchange for Arab help fighting the Ottoman Empire) during World War I. Therefore, it is not surprising that many different proposals have been made and continue to be made, including an Arab state, with or without a significant Jewish population, a Jewish state, with or without a significant Arab population, a single bi-national state, with or without some degree of cantonization, two states, one bi-national and one Arab, with or without some form of federation, and two states, one Jewish and one Arab, with or without some form of federation.
At the same times, many Arab leaders believed that Palestine should join a larger Arab state covering the imprecise region of the
Levant. These hopes were expressed in the Faisal-Weizmann Agreement, which was signed by soon-to-be Iraqi ruler Faisal Iand the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, which called for a Jewish homeland in Palestine amidst a larger Arab state. Despite this, the promise of a Pan-Arab state including Palestine were dashed as Syria, Lebanon, and Jordandeclared independence from their European rulers, while Palestine festered in the developing Arab-Israeli Conflict.
In light of these developments, Palestinian Arabs began calling for both their own state in the British Mandate of Palestine and an end to the British support of the
Jewish homeland's creation and to Jewish immigration. The movement gained steam through the 1920s and 1930s as Jewish immigration picked up. Under pressure from the arising nationalist movement, the British enforced the White Papers, a series of laws greatly restricting Jewish immigration and the sale of lands to Jews. The laws, passed in 1922, 1930, and 1939, varied in severity, but all attempted to find a balance between British sympathies with the Jews and the Arabs.
1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestineled the British to create the Peel Commission, which produced the first concrete suggestion for a Palestinian state. The Commission's report published in 1937 called for a small Jewish state, an Arab state covering Judea, Samaria, and the barren Negevdesert, and a British enclave stretching from Jerusalemto Yafo. The plan also called for a large population transfer. Jewish leaders accepted the plan, while Arab leaders rejected it and the two subsequent proposals offered by the Peel Commission. World War II(1939–1945) gave a boost to the Jewish nationalism, as the Holocaustreaffirmed their call for a Jewish homeland. At the same time, many Arab leaders had even supported Nazi Germany, a fact which could not play well with the British. As a result, Britain pooled her energy into winning over Arab opinions by abandoning the Balfour Declaration and the terms of the League of Nations mandate which had been entrusted to her in order to create a "Jewish National Home". Britain did this by issuing the 1939 white paper which officially allowed a further 75,000 Jews to move over five years (10,000 a year plus an additional 25,000) which was to be followed by Arab majority independence. The British would later claim that that quota had already been fulfilled by those who had entered without her approval.
1947 UN Partition Plan
In 1947, the
United Nationscreated the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine(UNSCOP) to find an immediate solution to the Palestine question, which the British had handed over to the UN. As recommended by UNSCOP, the UN General Assemblyapproved what is known as the Partition Plan in Resolution 181 on November 29, 1947. The plan determined a specific date for the end of the British Mandate, May 15, 1948. More importantly, the proposal called for the creation of two states, while Jerusalem and Bethlehem would be placed under United Nations control.
Jewish leaders accepted the plan, while Arab leaders refused it. Large-scale fighting soon broke out between the Jews and the Arabs. King Abdullah I of Jordan met with a delegation headed by
Golda Meirto negotiate terms for accepting the partition plan, but rejected its proposal that Jordan remain neutral. Indeed, the king knew that the nascent Palestinian state would soon be absorbed by its Arab neighbors, and therefore had a vested interest in being party to the imminent war.Mark Tessler, "A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict", 1994, ISBN-0-253-35848-5.] As the Mandate was set to end, the State of Israeldeclared its independence on May 14, 1948, leading to the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, known to Israelis as the War of Independence and to Palestinians as the Nakba - the disaster. Almost immediately, Transjordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the Arab Liberation Armydeclared war against Israel. Over the course of the war, scores of Arab settlements in the new state, mostly small villages, were depopulated due to a variety of often-disputed reasons, including expulsion by Jewish or Israeli troops, fear from attack, or encouragement by the British or Arab officials to leave until the situation had died down ("see Palestinian exodus").
Meanwhile, Abdullah of Transjordan sent the Arab Legion into the West Bank with no intention of withdrawing it following the war. Egypt, for its part, annexed the Gaza Strip, the last remnant of the Palestinian state. The territory which Israel did not annex, Palestine's allies had taken in its place.Meanwhile, Abdullah of ... in its place. Mark Tessler, "A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict", 1994, ISBN-0-253-35848-5.] As the Palestinian writer
Hisham Sharabiwould observe, Palestine had "disappeared from the map,"Hisham Sharabi, "Palestine and Israel", p. 194.] 26 years after appearing as an officially defined, bordered territory.
Under Arab rule
At war's end in 1949,
Jordanhad conquered and annexed the West Bankof the Jordan River, including Jerusalemand Bethlehem. Egypttook control of the narrow Gaza Strip, while Israel controlled the rest of the British Mandate.
King Abdullah I of Jordan decided to grant citizenship to the Palestinian refugees and residents living in the West Bank against the wishes of many Palestinian leaders who still hoped to establish a Palestinian state. Under Abdullah's leadership, Palestinian hopes of independence were dealt a severe blow. In March he issued a royal decree forbidding the use of the term "Palestine" in any legal documents, and pursued other measures designed to make the fact that there would not be an independent Palestine clear and certain.
Shaul Mishal, "West Bank/East Bank: The Palestinians in Jordan", 1949-1967 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987).]
In Gaza, a government calling itself the
All-Palestine Governmentformed, even before the war's end in September 1948. The government, under the leadership of the Mufti of Jerusalem Mohammad Amin al-Husayni, declared the independence of the Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. The All-Palestine Government would go on to be recognized by Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, while Jordanand the other Arab statesrefused to recognize it.
In practice, the All-Palestine government was only a publicity stunt, as it was given no real authority by the Egyptian government. In 1959, Egypt's new leader
Gamal Abdul Nasserordered the dismantling of the All-Palestine Government, yet notably refused to grant Palestinians in Gaza Egyptian citizenship.
The Six-Day War
In June 1967, Israel captured the
West Bankfrom Jordan, the Gaza Stripfrom Egypt, and area known as the Golan Heightsfrom Syria during the Six-Day War. Israel, which was ordered to withdraw from some of the conquered territories and negotiate final borders by United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, annexed East Jerusalemand extended its laws over the Golan Heights.
Jordan continued to have economic influence over the West Bank until the 1980s, when
King Husseinunilaterally cut the link between his kingdom and its residents and the Palestinians of the West Bank. Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005.
The PLO and the State of Palestine
Before the Six-Day War, the movement for an independent Palestine received a boost in 1964 when the
Palestine Liberation Organizationwas established. Its goal, as stated in the Palestinian National Covenantwas to create a Palestinian state in the whole British Mandate, a statement which nullified Israel's right to exist.
The PLO would become the leading force in the Palestinian national movement politically, and its leader,
Yassir Arafat, would become regarded as the leader of the Palestinian people.
In 1974, the PLO adopted the Ten Point Program, which notably called for the establishment of an Israeli-Palestinian democratic, bi national state (a
one state solution). It also called for the establishment of Palestinian rule on "any part" of its liberated territory, as a step towards "completing the liberation of all Palestinian territory, and as a step along the road to comprehensive Arab unity." While this was not seen by Israel as a significant moderation of PLO policy, the phrasing was extremely controversial within the PLO itself, where it was widely regarded as a move towards a two-state solution. The adoption of the program, under pressure from Arafat's Fatahfaction and some minor groups (eg. DFLP, al-Sa'iqa) led many hard-line groups to break away from the Arafat and the mainstream PLO members, forming the Rejectionist Front. To some extent, this split is still evident today.
Proposals for Arab or Jewish states in the early mandate period
Peel Commissionproposal. A British Royal Commission led by Lord Peel examined the Palestine question beginning late in 1936. Its report, published in July 1937, recommended the creation of a small Jewish state in a region less than 1/5 of the total area of Palestine. The remainder was to be joined to Transjordanexcept for some parts, including and the opposition from all sides, the plan was dropped.
Biltmore Conferenceof 1942
*Independence of Israel on May 15th, 1948
*Various proposals made in 1947
United NationsGeneral Assembly Resolution 181 of November 29, 1947 establishing two states west of the Jordan River: Israeland Palestine. Once again, however, the Arab leadership rejected the proposal, which was accepted by the Zionist leadership.
*The All-Palestine government. In September 1948, partly as an Arab League move to limit the influence of Jordan over the Palestinian issue, a Palestinian government was declared in Gaza. The former mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was appointed as president. On October 1, the All-Palestine government declared an independent Palestinian state in all of Palestine region with Jerusalem as its capital. This government was recognised by
Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, but not by Jordanor any non-Arab country. However, it was little more than a facade under Egyptian control and had negligible influence or funding. Palestinians living in the Gaza Stripor Egypt were issued with All-Palestine passports until 1959, when Gamal Abdul Nasser, president of Egypt, annulled the All-Palestine government by decree.
*Various declarations of Palestinian independence
*During the 1978 Camp David negotiations between Israel and Egypt
Anwar Sadatproposed the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bankand Gaza. Israel refused.
The current position of the
Palestinian Authorityas well as Israelis that all of the West Bankand Gaza Stripshould form the basis of a future Palestinian state. For additional discussion, see Palestinian territories.
The main discussion during the last fifteen years has focused on turning most or the whole of the
Gaza Stripand the West Bankinto an independent Palestinian state. This was the basis for the Oslo accordsand it is favoured by the U.S. The status of Israel within the 1949 Armistice lines has not been the subject of international negotiations. Some members of the PLO recognize Israel's right to exist within these boundaries; others hold that Israel must eventually be destroyed. Consequently, some Israelis hold that Palestinian statehood is impossible with the current PLO as a basis, and needs to be delayed.
The specific points and impediments to the establishment of a Palestinian state are listed below. They are a part of a greater mindset difference. Israel declares that its security demands that a Palestinian entity would not have all attributes of a state, at least initially, so that in case things go wrong, Israel would not have to face a dangerous and nearby enemy. Israel may be therefore said to agree (as of now) not to a complete and independent Palestinian state, but rather to a self-administering entity, with partial but not full sovereignty over its borders and its citizens.
The central Palestinian position is that they have already compromised greatly by accepting a state covering only the areas of the West Bank and Gaza. These areas are significantly less territory than allocated to the Arab state in UN Resolution 181. They feel that it is unacceptable for an agreement to impose additional restrictions (such as level of militarization, see below) which, they declare, makes a viable state impossible. In particular, they are angered by significant increases in the population of Israeli settlements and communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the interim period of the Oslo accords. Palestinians claim that they have already waited long enough, and that Israel's interests do not justify depriving their state of those rights that they consider important. The Palestinians have been unwilling to accept a territorially disjointed state. It is feared that it would face difficulties similar to
A peace process has been in progress in spite of all the differences and conflicts.
In the 1990s, outstanding steps were taken which formally began a process the goal of which was to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict through a
two-state solution. Beginning with the Madrid Conference of 1991and culminating in the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between Palestinians and Israelis, the peace process has laid the framework for Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank and in Gaza. According to the Oslo Accords, signed by Yassir Arafat and then Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabinin Washington, Israel would pull out of the Gaza Strip and cities in the West Bank, leaving contested East Jerusalem in question.
Following the landmark accords, the
Palestinian National Authority(PNA) was established to govern those areas from which Israel was to pull out. The PNA was granted limited autonomy over a non-contiguous area, though it does govern most Palestinian population centers.
The process stalled with the collapse of the
Camp David 2000 Summit between Palestinians and Israel.
Despite these important advancements, the Al-Aqsa Intifada brought the peace process to a screeching halt. Israel ceased to act in cooperation with the PNA and later on would occupy some Palestinian cities anew. In the shadow of the rising death toll from the violence, the
United Statesinitiated the Road Map for Peace(published on June 24, 2002), which is intended to end the Intifada by disarming the Palestinian terror groups and creating an independent Palestinian state. The Road Map has stalled awaiting the implementation of the step required by the first phase of that plan. It remains stalled due to the civil war between Hamasand Fatah.
In 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip as part of the
Disengagement Plan, which was seen as a move toward creating an independent Palestinian state.
Israeliview has been that there is no such thing as a separate Palestinian people, distinct from other Arabs, at least historically. The borders of historical Palestine and surrounding countries were arbitrarily determined and there are already several Arab nations. Therefore, it is unreasonable to demand that Israel should have any responsibility or part in establishing a nation for them. This is summarized by the famous statement of Israeli Prime Minister (1969-74) Golda Meir: "There was no such thing as Palestinians ... It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist." This view was also expressed by some Arab leaders. Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader said to the Peel Commission, "There is no such country [as Palestine] ! 'Palestine' is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria." Additionally to this there is believed to be a wealth of evidence that during the years of British restriction on Jewish immigration to Palestine, there was large scale unrestricted Arab migration/immigration to Palestine.
Many Arabs have supported and some continue to support the creation of a united Arab state encompassing all Arab peoples including Palestine, so that no independent Palestinian state would exist, but this became a minority view amongst Palestinians during the British Mandate and after 1948 became rare. It is still an opinion expressed regularly in the Arab states outside Palestine (especially Syria due to its attachment to the Greater Syria Movement which was launched in 1944 to establish a "Syrian Arab" state that would include Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine.) However, it is generally recognised that such a development has become implausible under current political realities and even those who might favor it in some circumstances support an independent Palestinian state as the most achievable option.
Syriajoined Egyptin founding the United Arab Republic(UAR) in 1958 during a period of Pan-Arabismas the first step toward the recreation of Pan-Arab state. The UAR was to include, among others, Palestine. The UAR disintegrated into its constituent states in 1961.
Egypt held Gaza and Jordan annexed the West Bank between 1948 and 1967. During those years, Egyptian President Nasser created the
Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) in 1964 to help to destroy Israel. In 1968 Fatah was formed in Damascus, Syria with similar aims.
Declaration of the state in 1988
A declaration of a "State of Palestine" ( _ar. دولة فلسطين) took place in
Algierson November 15, 1988, by the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The proclaimed "State of Palestine" is not and has never actually been an independent state, as it has never had sovereignty over any territory in history.
Palestinian National Authority(PNA), along with the United States, the European Union, and the Arab League, envision the establishment of a State of Palestine to include all or part of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, living in peace with Israelunder a democratically elected and transparent government. The PNA, however, does not claim sovereignty over any territory and therefore is not the government of the "State of Palestine" proclaimed in 1988.
The 1988 declaration was approved at a meeting in
Algiers, by a vote of 253-46, with 10 abstentions. The declaration invoked the Treaty of Lausanne(1923) and UN General Assembly Resolution 181in support of its claim to a "State of Palestine on our Palestinian territory with its capital Jerusalem". The proclaimed "State of Palestine" was recognized immediately by the Arab League, and about half the world's governments recognize it today. It maintains embassies in these countries (which are generally PLO delegations). The State of Palestine is not recognized by the United Nations, although the European Union, as well as most member states, maintain diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority, established under the Oslo Accords. Leila Shahid, envoy of the PNA to France since 1984, was named in November 2005 representant of the PNA for Europe.
The declaration is generally interpreted to have recognized Israel within its pre-1967 boundaries, or was at least a major step on the path to recognition. Just as in Israel's declaration of independence, it partly bases its claims on UN GA 181. By reference to "resolutions of Arab Summits" and "UN resolutions since 1947" (like SC 242) it implicitly and perhaps ambiguously restricted its immediate claims to the
Palestinian territoriesand Jerusalem. It was accompanied by a political statement that explicitly mentioned SC 242 and other UN resolutions and called only for withdrawal from "Arab Jerusalem" and the other "Arab territories occupied." [http://www.al-bab.com/arab/docs/pal/pal4.htm Palestine National Council] Al-Bab] Yasser Arafat's statements in Geneva a month later were accepted by the United States as sufficient to remove the ambiguities it saw in the declaration and to fulfill the longheld conditions for open dialogue with the United States.
Obstacles to establishing a Palestinian state
Note that the materials in this section are mainly based on the Israeli ( [http://www.mideastweb.org/CampDavid2.htm] , [http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/000720/2000072019.html] ) and Palestinian ( [http://www.mediamonitors.net/pnt1.html] , [http://www.nad-plo.org/index.html] ) positions during the ill-fated Camp David negotiations.
The violent conflicts and massacres of the period before the founding of the State of Israel and the decades of
terrorismor political violence (most of it against civilians) and living as refugees under foreign governments has left both sides with little trust that the other will fulfill any commitments undertaken in an agreement.Facts|date=January 2008.
This mistrust is manifested through various issues including the Positions on the status of Jerusalem and the holy places, the return of Palestinian refugees and the issue of
Plans for a solution
There are several plans for a possible Palestinian state. Each one has many variations. Some of the more prominent plans include:
*Creation of a Palestinian state out of the
Gaza Stripand the West Bank, with its capital in East Jerusalem. This would make the 1949 Armistice lines, perhaps with minor changes, into permanent de jure borders. This long-extant idea forms the basis of a peace plan put forward by Saudi Arabiain March 2002, which was accepted by the " State of Palestine" and all other members of the Arab League. This plan promised in exchange for withdrawal complete recognition of and full diplomatic relations with Israel by the Arab world. Israel claims its security would be threatened by (essentially) complete withdrawal as it would return Israel to its pre-1967 10-mile strategic depth. Moreover some claim that the Palestinians had rejected very similar offers made during and after the Camp David 2000 Summit. The plan spoke only of a "just settlement of the refugee problem", but insistence on a Palestinian " Right of return" to the pre-1967 territory of Israel could result in two Arab states, one of them (pre-1967 Israel) with a significant Jewish minority, and another (the West Bank and Gaza) without Jews.
* Other, more limited, plans for a Palestinian state have also been put forward, putting parts of Gaza and the West Bank which have been settled by Israelis or are of particular strategic importance remaining in Israeli hands. Areas that are currently part of Israel could be allocated to the Palestinian state in compensation. The status of Jerusalem is particularly contentious.
*A plan proposed by former Israeli tourism minister MK
Binyamin Elonand popular with the Israeli right wing advocates the expansion of Israel up to the Jordan Riverand the "recognition and development of Jordan as the Palestinian State". The legitimacy for this plan leans on the fact that an overwhelming majority of Jordanian citizens are Palestinian, including King Abdullah's wife, Queen Noor, as well as the fact that the Kingdom of Jordan is composed of lands that until 1921 were part of the British Mandate of Palestineand thus was claimed by at least some Zionists (such as Ze'ev Jabotinskyand his Etzel) as part of the "Jewish national home" of the Balfour Declaration. Palestinian residents of Gaza and the West Bankwould become citizens of Jordan and many would be settled in other countries. Elon claims this would be part of the population exchangeinitiated by the mass exodus [http://www.meforum.org/article/263] of Jews from Arab states to Israel in the 1950s. See Elon Peace Plan. A September 2004 poll conducted by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies reported that 46% of Israelis support transferring the Arab population out of the territories and that 60% of respondents said that they were in favor of encouraging Israeli Arabs to leave the country. Initially, the plan caused significant outcry and had been almost universally condemned by other countries. However, On July 16th, 2008, a bi-partisan panel of Israeli parliament members endorsed the initiative, including left-wing MK Dr. Yossi Beilinwho called on the EU to absorb Palestinian refugees as part of a wider prosess of habilitating refugees. [http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=140196&contrassID=2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0 More Israeli Jews favor transfer of Palestinians, Israeli Arabs - poll finds] Ha'aretz]
RANDhas proposed a solution entitled [http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9119/index1.html The Arc] in which Judea and Samaria are joined with Gaza in an infrastructural arc. The development plan includes recommendations from low level civic planning to banking reform and currency reform.
Several plans have been proposed for a Palestinian state to incorporate all of the former British mandate of Palestine (pre-1967 territory of Israel, the
Gaza Stripand the West Bank). Some possible configurations include:
*A secular Arab state (as described in the
Palestinian National Covenantbefore the cancellation of the relevant clauses in 1998). According to the Covenant, only those "Jews who had normally resided in Palestine until the beginning of the Zionist invasion will be considered Palestinians", which excludes up to 50% of the Jewish population of Israel.
*A strictly Islamic state (advocated by
Hamasand the Islamic Movement). This arrangement would face objection from the Jewish population as well as secular Muslimand non-Muslim Palestinians.
federation(likely consociational) of separate Jewish and Arab areas (some Israelis and Palestinians). It is not clear how this arrangement would distribute natural resources and maintain security.
*A single, bi-national state (advocated by various Israeli and Palestinian groups). Palestinian and Israeli critics of this arrangement fear that the new state is likely to give the two sides an asymmetric status (though not necessarily an unequal one). Others say that such a state is likely to fail, as was seen in places where similar things were tried, like Yugoslavia and Lebanon.Fact|date=February 2007 Strong nationalist sentiment among many Israelis and Palestinians would be an obstacle to this arrangement.Fact|date=February 2007 After what he perceived as the failure of the Oslo Process and the two-state solution, Palestinian-American professor
Edward Saidbecame a vocal advocate of this plan.
United Arab Kingdomplan which returns Palestine to nominal Jordanian control under the supervision of a Hashemite monarch. This idea was first proposed by the late King Husseinand would be similar to the role of the United Kingdomin Walesor Scotland. In the fall of 2007, King Abdullahstated that the Palestinian independence must be achieved before Jordan will entertain expanding its role in Palestine beyond religious sites. This plan is buttressed by a Jordanian infrastructure which is vastly superior to the 1948-1967 area with particular attention paid to tourism, healthcare, and education. A Palestinian state would rely heavily on tourism, which Jordan would assist with considerable experience and established departments.
1947 UN Partition Plan
1948 Arab-Israeli War
1949 Armistice Agreements
1967 Six Day War
1978 Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel
1993 Oslo Peace Accords between Palestinians and Israel
Balfour Declaration 1917
British Mandate of Palestine
Camp David 2000 Summit between Palestinians and Israel
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, May 14, 1948
*Mandate for Palestine
Occupation of the Gaza Strip by Egypt
Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Jordan
* [http://gush-shalom.org/archives/compare_eng.html A Comparison Of Three Drafts For An Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,743503,00.html Full text of George Bush's speech on Israel and a Palestinian state]
* [http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029394365&a=KCountryProfile&aid=1038488927273 British Foreign & Commonwealth office on Palestine]
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* [http://www.palestine-studies.org/final/en/index.html Institute for Palestine Studies]
* [http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16671 Israel: The Alternative] (
Tony Judt, NY Review of Books)
* [http://www.travelbrochuregraphics.com/extra/what_is_not_to_be_done.htm Israel, Palestine, and the Bi-National Fantasy] (response to Judt by
Leon Wieseltier( The New Republic)
* [http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MichaelMedved/2007/01/03/auld_lang_syne,_scots_nationalism,_and_palestinian_fraud Auld Lang Syne, Scots Nationalism, and Palestinian Fraud] by
* [http://www.rand.org/palestine/ Rand Corporation Palestine Project]
* [http://www.reut-institute.org/Default.aspx?SubjectId=68/ Reut Institute Analysis on Israeli - Palestinian Negotiations]
*Joel Kovel, [http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=290383 "Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine"] , (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007)
* [http://www.palestinianbasiclaw.org/ The Palestinian Basic Law - A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine]
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