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Will a Palestinian State Bring Peace?

PRO (yes)

Abdullah II bin al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in a Feb. 22, 2005 Le Monde Diplomatique article titled "Hope of Peace in the Middle East," wrote:

"The roadmap provides for a comprehensive, two-state solution, the only kind of peace that can endure: a sovereign, democratic and viable Palestine; security guarantees for Israel; and a process that leads to a comprehensive settlement that addresses the Syrian and Lebanese tracks. The roadmap provides for justice and security, bringing together the entire region, from Morocco to Yemen, in a healing process of reconciliation and hope. We must now work together to deliver upon that promise."

Feb. 22, 2005 - Abdullah bin Al Hussein, II 

Abdullah II bin al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, was quoted in an Aug. 5, 2001 Jordan Times article titled "Palestinian State Prerequisite for Peace, Stability":

"An independent Palestinian state remaines a prerequisite for peace and stability in the region."

Aug. 5, 2001 - Abdullah bin Al Hussein, II 

Shimon Peres, Israeli President, in a 1998 La Monde Diplomatique editorial titled "Why Israel Needs a Palestinian State," wrote:

"For Israel to remain a Jewish state, both morally and demographically, it needs a Palestinian state. Today, 4.7 million Jews and 4 million Arabs live between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan. Without two separate states, a binational state will come into being, to the great frustration of the two peoples."

1998 - Shimon Peres 

CON (no)

Benjamin Netanyahu, MSc, Member of the Israeli Knesset, in a Mar. 26, 2003 article titled "EU Supports Palestinian Statehood," stated:

"Such a state would be able to raise a large army, use it without limitations, forge alliances with regimes that aim to destroy Israel, and serve as a base of increased terrorism against Israel, and in that way threaten its existence."

Mar. 26, 2003 - Benjamin Netanyahu, MS 

Morton Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), was quoted in a Mar. 29, 2007 article, posted on and titled "Poll: Most Americans Oppose Palestinian State, More Concessions":

"Americans understand that establishing a Palestinian state would simply result in but another terrorist state in the Middle East, which is the last thing America needs in its efforts to bring peace and security to the region. The American public has shown that it is completely against appeasing this Palestinian terror regime by offering any more concessions to it."

Mar. 29, 2007 - Morton A. Klein 

Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Liberation Organization, and Fatah, said in a May 10, 1996 speech in Stockholm, Sweeden:

"We plan to eliminate the State of Israel and establish a purely Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by psychological warfare and population explosion... We Palestinians will take over everything, including all of Jerusalem."

May 10, 1996 - Yasser Arafat