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Is a One-State Solution an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

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  • +38 +83 -45 Nate Jan. 10, 2012
    "A single democratic state with equal rights for all its citizens is the only acceptable and only practical solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With one democratic state, the Palestinian refugees will be able to return to their homes, and Jews will be able to live anywhere in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel). Palestinians will no longer be forced to live behind walls and be harassed at checkpoints, nor have their olive trees uprooted or homes demolished. Israeli Jews will no longer be ostracized by the world for persistent human rights violations, and political leaders will no longer be able to avoid addressing the everyday concerns of citizens by shifting the focus to the conflict. Jewish and Arab schoolchildren will receive the same level of education and have their schools funded equally by the government, and the economy will benefit from a larger pool of workers and innovators.

    A single democratic and secular state is the ONLY acceptable and practical solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the only way forward. By politically unifying the territory and making "nationality" and "citizenship" synonymous, Israel and Palestine will be able to truly shine to the world as a beacon of freedom and comradeship."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Nate May. 10, 2012
      "I'd love to know exactly what about this prospect has so offended 8 people. It's hard for me to imagine how anyone could oppose a single democratic state in which both peoples live in peace, freedom, and equality, unless that person believes either Palestinians or Israelis to be innately inferior, and the other innately superior and thus shouldn't have to be forced to live among or even look at the inferior other. In short, I can't fathom how or why anyone who isn't a racist would oppose what I've written. So, if you oppose this idea, but maintain that you're not a racist, then seriously, please respond because I'm very interested to hear your argument."
    • -2 0 -2 Takunda Jul. 15, 2014
      "This may be the least practical solution to the conflict, there is simply too much history between the 2 peoples and they will not be able to coexist peacefully within one state.
      The only practical solution is one with 2 states and equal rights, how ever this will require the western world and the people of isreal to approach the Palestinians as equals.the palestinian people will only act responsibly when they are approached as Equals, subordination breeds hatred."
    • -2 0 -2 ricardo Feb. 27, 2013
      "The emphasis which Nate & other seem to miss needs to be on the word "democratic". The basic reason to oppose a single nation is the fact that there are NO - ZERO - ZIP - democratic states in this region. One of several vital reasons to oppose the single-state notion is that the entire Arab population would outvote the Jewish population, and it is very clear what the levels of intolerance already extant throughout the region would mean to the liberal, progressive policies now in place only in Israel. Get a grip, guys. Theory is only theory. In practice, you need a populace willing to be tolerant and humanistic if you expect real democracy."
    • -3 0 -3 Chris Jul. 6, 2013
      "In short, I don't think anyone here doesn't like the idea of the people of Israel and Palestine coexisting in peace, harmony, and equality. Well, unless they are racists, as you said. What me and others don't agree with is the absurd idea that this one satiate system would actually WORK. It's a great dream, I give you that, but lets look at the reality here for a moment. It just wouldn't work, that's the reason there is opposition to this proposal, not because the idea doesn't sound good. Now I ask you a question, in turn. What exactly made you think the Israelis and Palestinians would actually cooperate under a one-state government? Because if there's any evidence supporting it, I sure haven't seen it yet."
  • +13 +21 -8 Thomas Jan. 15, 2014
    "The war is a waste of time the resources like oil and metal could be used for so many better uses. That and the fact that if technology keeps advancing they will just destroy the land. plus the cost for a 4 year war is 1 trillion dollars per 4 years"
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    • +1 +1 0 Shamma May. 13, 2014
      "The reasons of this war is not because of oil or metal... I do not think that Palestine is rich in both materials, Palestine is rich in olive tress and figs -a type of plant- but for the rest I assume that you're right."
    • 0 0 0 Thomas Oct. 1, 2014
      "Thanks for agreeing with me we had a huge debate in class and i got out voted on it but its good to know someone shares my thoughts"
  • +2 +7 -5 Ashlee E. Apr. 27, 2012
    "I think that the one state solution would be an acceptable. Why I agree is that it would help or try to help solve he problem so they could come together and get know them and see how they live. If you put them in two states they would not get along and not know each other really. Also if you do a two state one state would probably try ta take over the other state."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Jehad May. 15, 2015
    "in world war one Palestine was a nation and the Palestinians helped some of the Jews to find shelter from Hitler then when it was over the British wanted to find a land where Jews can come right? then what when they sent the Jews to Palestine and the Palestinians had to leave because the Jews took their land its not fair for the Palestinians to leave where they were born the Palestinians were their for a long time.. The united stares and Israel said they don't want to let history repeat itself like what Hitler did to the Jews but its already repeating like at how Israel is killing the Palestinians the only difference is that the Israelis are not using concentration camps. And im not hating on the Israelis i want them to have a nation but not like this."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Peaceful Paul Feb. 3, 2015
    "As long as it remains a unicameral state in which demographic of representatives (Arab or Jewish) remains equal with the percentage of population demographics."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Jose C. May. 1, 2012
    "yes there should be one single democratic state because it is niether what the Palestinians or Israeli want but its whats fair. thats how it should be. This way there is an even balance, with Israeli and Palestinian people in power in one unifyed government. If there is no equal compromise, like the one i just mentioned, more violence and terror is sure to come because its a selfish act to not allow either Palestinians or Israelis nationality and citizenship of THEIR homeland."
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  • +1 +7 -6 KMarsh Apr. 27, 2012
    "I agree because they wanted to have a state that is self ruled. It was one big state."
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  • +1 +7 -6 j.hill Apr. 27, 2012
    "the pro is that they wont they land not for other tho have it"
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  • +1 +11 -10 nicole Apr. 27, 2012
    "Yes because a single democratic state with equal rights for all its citizens is the only acceptable and only practical solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
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  • +1 +16 -15 Liam Mar. 8, 2012
    "I would ask a more pressing question. When has Palestine ever been its own state? The only time would have been very briefly in 1949. So arguments that Israel is a made up country is somewhat true but you have to weigh that against the fact that Palestine would be to and that, given the fact that the Israelis have managed to sustain a government for all these years in the region and given the very small size of the current Israeli state, it seems ludicrous to create a Palestinian state (besides which, what really constitutes a Palestinian?) at the expense of the Israeli's."
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    • +1 +1 0 Liam May. 3, 2012
      "To Daniel I never said Israel is a made up country simply that that is an arguement I've heard used against them"
    • -2 +1 -3 Daniel Apr. 18, 2012
      "Israel is NOT a made up country.... It is well astablished, and strong... leave it alone"
  • +1 +17 -16 Bryan Feb. 22, 2012
    "The land belongs to both people, so they need to learn to live peacefully alongside each other, regardless of religious differences. I'm sure that both Israelis and Palistinians eventually want peace, and this is the only way to find peace, to just get along. It doesnt matter what your religion is. I'm sure it is what God really wants. I'm christian, that doesnt make me a bad guy or anything, and I don't think all Arabs or Jews are bad either, just certain people of those religions may be a little misguided. When the catholics launched the crusades almost 1000 years ago, that was probably their biggist mistake, they really kicked the hornets nest really, they were also misguided. I think that violence should just be used as a last resort, or as self defense, but if it's just because of a different religious group, or ethnic group, they should NOT be mistreated, no one should be mistreated, unless they have done something horrible, people like Adolf Hitler."
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  • +1 +13 -12 Luke Matney Jan. 10, 2012
    "The only way this would be acceptable is if the Israeli government stayed in power with Palestinian representation in government."
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  • +1 +19 -18 Karam Aug. 9, 2011
    "I have had contributed in the near past with some solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and once I wrote a three or four page peace compromise and faxed it to Ex President Bill clinton during his time in the White House.
    Since that time nothing has hapened and the situation became worst which matter is threatening the world's security and peace!.
    Now I believe that if the whole world will stand together to implement peace between the Israeli and Palestinians to push a new compromise then I would sugest a con-federal state for both peoples, this type of solution would make both peoples build their good economy and prosperity for the welfair of all inhabitants of the new state and will maintain peace and security in the whole world!"
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  • +1 +27 -26 wisetim Jun. 2, 2011
    "Hard to understand why Israel has to have one privileged state religion and we (U.S.) feel obliged to support it.

    If they want a democracy fine, they should have a real democracy. One adult human being, one vote, no religious test or state dogma. If they want a theocracy they do it on their own without billions of dollars from the American taxpayer. Just like Iran!"
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    • +5 +8 -3 Rochelle Jun. 6, 2011
      "MANY countries have an official religion besides Israel. In Europe: Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, the Vatican City (Catholic); and the larger countries, Greece (Eastern Orthodox); Denmark, Iceland, Norway (Lutheran); Iceland, Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom (Anglican). In Switzerland, cantons declare separately but all are officially Christian. In most European countries there are also Christian political parties. Almost every muslim country has Islam as the declared official state religion. Syria specifies that the PM must be muslim and that Sharia is the law of the land. Bhutan, Cambodia, Kalmykia [a republic within the Russian Federation], Thailand have forms of Buddhism as the official religion.
      So why single out Israel as being a bad guy for identifying as Jewish?

      You must keep in mind that having an official religion is NOT equal to being a theocracy. Israel, for example has secular laws which supersede religion except in specific defined religious matters [unfortunately including divorce]. Israel is by no means "just like Iran" as any informed adult would know. As a matter of fact Israel's justice system and judges are internationally respected."
    • 0 0 0 Tim Feb. 17, 2014
      "Rochelle's reply misses the point made by wisetim. Though European countries may have an official religion, you need not be an adherent of that religion to vote nor hold elected office. The problem is not that Israel identifies as Jewish, but rather that those people living in territory governed by Israel that are not Jewish (i.e. the Palestinians) do not have the same rights as Israeli Jews. The entire argument against a single state rests on this issue as demographic trends suggest that a single state incorporating both Palestinians and Israelis with equal rights (i.e. votes) would lose its identity as a Jewish state. I have no problem with Israel wanting to preserve its identity as a Jewish state, but agree that it should be getting billions of dollars in US taxpayer money to do so."
  • 0 +1 -1 alfred abraham Oct. 10, 2016
    "The one state solution might be the only option left since neither side has been able to come to an agreement regarding the borders of Israel and Palestine. However, it probably is not going to be very democratic since Israeli Jews don't want to lose their majority."
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  • 0 +1 -1 WH Group 5 Jan. 28, 2015
    "My group agrees with the one state solution. the people can be equal, have justice, and able to be free. It help Muslims be experienced to the Jews lives and the Jews can have their own state. Israel is the homeland of the Jews where all their history was born like the Holocaust. The Jews lived there since the biblical times. They are separated or at least trying to and it is not working, so it should be a one state. There are children that are out there fighting and the kids should be at school learning or doing something that can help them. All they are doing is destroying the Holy City. If it keeps on, it will just be dirt and dust."
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  • 0 +1 -1 WH Group 3 Jan. 28, 2015
    "For many years, the Israelites and Palestinians have waged war against one another. Both sides believe that they are in the right. Upon consideration, my group and I have come to the conclusion that the " one-state ' solution could create peace and end a long war. There is constant differences and fighting between the two states. Though it would be upsetting for a group of people to have to change their religion, it is the only way to achieve the goal of change. There may be discrimination, and possibly bloodshed, but there is no successful state which can exist without evil, for the greater good. To reference the opinions of Machiavelli, a ruler should avoid being unethical as often as possible, but sometimes must for the greater good. Also, I believe that if the Palestinians were allowed where they want to be, there would be peace."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Julius May. 12, 2014
    "I wonder if a single federal state comprised of two or more separate provinces with significant autonomy and a limited federal government might be an acceptable solution. Using the early United States as a model - having a state unified under a constitution, shared currency, unified military, and federal regulation of certain matters, with autonomy in things like education, taxation, and other commercial matters. Perhaps a dual executive akin to the Austro-Hungarian empire, with equal numbers with regard to legislative representation at the federal level - perhaps a hybrid bi-cameral system with direct election for one branch and parliamentary-style representation for the other. Of course, discrimination would have to be strictly forbidden and punishable."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Kendall Nov. 4, 2013
    "I think that we should stay and help Israel because then we are closer to Iraq and Afghanistan in case they pose a threat to us with nuclear weapons."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Christian Feb. 28, 2013
    "If there was a bi-religous state is a very legimate answer to the problem at hand. And if we do not do something about this now, it will always be a problem. Suck it up and get along."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Evan E. F. Monahan Jul. 21, 2012
    "There cannot be a Muslim state in Erec Jisrael. Speaking as an atheist, it is of my opinion that the Jewish people and culture have reformed to the point where religion no longer plays a totalitarian role in the average Jew's life. Muslims, on the other hand, follow a religion which demands total submission to Allah. It is easy to see that Islam is ingrained in the minds of the Palestinian people, and, if left to their own will, will commit cultural suicide. A Jewish state with equal rights for all, as it exists now (despite the propaganda), is the only logical solution."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Mc Facky Dontexist May. 17, 2012
    "On 14 May 1948, Israel proclaimed its independence and was soon invaded by six adjacent Arab countries. The Formation of Israel has caused great conflict in the Middle East, but Israel is by far one of the most moral countries in the area. Morality does not mean bloodless or fearless. Morality is in one hundred years people can look back send say they did the right thing. Through the way they have defended and restrained themselves for the past sixty years. Israel has earned the higher moral ground and thus earned the right to sovernty a two state method can exist even on shaky terms an example of which happened On March 26, 1979, the Egypt-Israeli peace treaty was signed. The treaty recognized Israel as a country by the Egyptian government and in return Israel gave back the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. The treaty was controversial in the minds of many Arabs including the Palestinians who thought of it as a stab in the back because they thought Egypt betrayed Palestinians by recognizing the state of Israel. If the country of Israel can be recognized than the two state method can exist."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Chris Frigge May. 14, 2012
    "It might defeat the perpose of creating a jewish home land but its better than them fighting for the land niether of them own they bothe keep fighting for bigger borders when they can jst share the land and if terrorism spikes they can take care of them a one nation shows the maturity of thier ppl and the exeptance of other ppl jst like bothe of thier religions teach"
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  • 0 +12 -12 shakyra Apr. 27, 2012
    "Yes they should be in one state because they could get along better. They could help each other out when one needs them.So that is why i think that they should have one country."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Taylor-Simone Apr. 27, 2012
    "It think a single democratic state is acceptable for the Israel- Palestinian conflict. The Palestinian refugees will be able to be back at their homes and the jews will be able to live anywhere they want.."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Andrea Turnage Apr. 27, 2012
    Because if the country was split up, the future generation won't be together in harmony. They'll only know that side A is better/the enemy and it will keep the conflict going. If its one state, the future generation will see they're not so different and will live together."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Raegan B Apr. 27, 2012
    "Yes. Because i feel that if they live in the same country they would learn how to get along. and they will become more closer."
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  • 0 +19 -19 Trisha Jan. 30, 2012
    "I think Israel deserves to be its' own state free of Palestinian harassment. No other nations would even consider giving land to them. Israel was there since the days of the Bible. Why doesn't one of the other Muslim nations give them some land? Why must it be Israel? The Jewish people were displaced, tortured and killed. Then they were finally allowed to come back and redeem their nation in 1948. Let another nation take the Palestinians in and give them land, after all, aren't they of the Muslim Brotherhood? Besides, the palestinians teach hatred for the Jews and for their destruction. Why should Israel have to share land with such a people?"
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    • 0 0 0 Seth S. May. 12, 2012
      "Er. Your comment is actually more of a Con point, since you're saying that Israel and Palestine should be separate states."
    • -3 0 -3 Daniel Apr. 18, 2012
      "This is true.... i think israel should take back the Gaza Strip as well.... This was our land.... have pity on us, this is the only place we jews can be truly free."
  • 0 +18 -18 Adrian Jan. 10, 2012
    "Palestine must not be divided, but it must be shared by all its inhabitants irrespective of religion or creed, there is enough in Palestine to meet everyone's needs, but not everyone's greed's, the Zionists are fighting for their greed's, and the Palestinians for their needs, when the Zionists stop fighting for their greed's and the Palestinians get their rights and needs, then and only then can peace be achieved"
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  • 0 +11 -11 YJ Draiman Jan. 10, 2012
    "Israel, no restraint, no concession to the Arabs rev.

    Any restraint is counterproductive. Israel must respond with extreme force. This is the only way to subdue the enemy. This is the enemy that wants to throw you into the sea.

    I would gladly support a major offensive against Gaza or any other Arab Palestinians that are hurting Israelis in any shape or form.

    Many years ago when Sharon was defense minister of Israel (while his wife was alive) his policy was, any violent acts by the Palestinian Arabs were returned with extreme force, and it worked.

    Why have we changed tactics, have we become too soft, too worried about world opinion. We are paying for this behavior with Israeli lives and damage to Israel's economy. With this approach, matters will only get worse, as the past has proven. The Arabs treat concessions and lack of extreme response as a sign of weakness.
    The Qur'an 17:104 - states the land belongs to the Jewish people."
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  • 0 +13 -13 Katherine Williams Jan. 10, 2012
    "Well, the comments of Ben shapiro, Boris Shusteff, and Emmanual Winston really belong on the Con side, while those of Neturei Karta, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Achmad Cassiem, Zvi Yehudah Kook, and Kamal Kharrazi underscore the difficulty of obtaining a truely peaceful secular unified solution in this little corner of the world."
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  • -1 +9 -10 D.Williams Apr. 27, 2012
    "I say yes because if you just have one answer you wont get mess up with two or more answer. Plus on the other hand its not so much trouble doing it that. That why i say yes."
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  • -1 +11 -12 James St.John Mar. 24, 2012
    "yes if Palestinians would reconize Israelis right to live and exist, without shooting rocket at them"
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    • 0 0 0 Daniel Apr. 18, 2012
      "AMEN!!!! This killes many Israli civilians... this is why Israel should take back the Gaza Strip!!!!"
  • -1 +11 -12 Alex Jan. 10, 2012
    "I think and believe that the Israel/Palestine conflict will only be resolved by the demise of one or both states. I also think and believe that the only way to accomplish this without genocidal destruction is one secular democratic state with equal rights for all.
    In the constitution of the new state have a provision that Jews will make up 55% of the legislative body or bodies. That the armed forces will be a majority of Jews, but Palestinians have a right to be a part of it. All other articles would be to guarantee majority rule with provisions to keep the tyranny of the majority in check.
    The fear of Palestinian birth rates being higher than Jewish birth rates is ridiculous. It is economics that regulate birth rates. A combined state will surely raise the economic situation of the Palestinian people.
    I find it hard to believe but I agree with Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya that the creation of "Israetine" would solve the problem.
    I realize I am just a uneducated country boy, but this is my opinion. Thanks for giving me a forum to voice my thoughts on this issue."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Sheldon Alspector Jul. 13, 2014
    "ONE JEWISH STATE....YES. Oust all Arabs ...let them go to the Arab brethren in other Arab lands. Israel is Jewish - Land from which the Romans banished the Jews. Now it's time to come HOME ! The West Bank is Judea, Jerusalem is the City of David. Let all the refugees be assimilated in the Arab lands. Other Refugees in the world run to other lands and assimilate - let the Arab claimants to Israel get out and do the same !"
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  • -5 +16 -21 valence victor Jun. 2, 2011
    "I think a one-binatinal state can somehow reduce the everlasting problem that it has been existing for age.since we were young children up to the material time we hear the same should be a worth advice if all parts with disputes to come together and try to find the solition on the table.if all the authorities will fuse togethe and identify each other with the grounds of human rights,it would be bette."
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  • -6 +5 -11 ryan Apr. 27, 2012
    "yes because in a one state you can do what you what to do ."
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  • +8 +22 -14 Chris Jul. 6, 2013
    "To think that two extremely ideologically opposed countries (and their respective religions) who have been warring for a very long time would suddenly drop their differences and cooperate under one state is nothing short of ridiculous. The conflicts in Egypt are relatively mild compared to this one, and just look as what has happened there. Not one doubt remains in my mind that either side would try to gain power, legitimately or illegitimately, over the other side if a government like this were to be established. I consider myself to be an idealist to the extreme, but even I can not disillusion myself so far as to believe that these two factions could coexist under a one-state system."
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    • 0 0 0 alfred abraham Oct. 10, 2016
      "But the one state solution might be the only option since the Israelies and Palestinians cant agree on the borders of the two states."
  • 0 +5 -5 WH Group 1 Jan. 30, 2015
    "My group chose cons between the conflict Israeli-Palestinian. We think they should stay separated because they should have their own religion because they might not agree on the same God. If they join religions then they will have more conflict, not being comfortable around other religions. Some might rest on Sabbath Day and others might worship on Sabbath Day. If they join together their religion wont be the same. The only pro about this situation is that they get a chance to see their family by joining together. another reason why they should stay separated is because they are fighting for freedom and independence and if they join they would have more strict rules. They should stay apart because if they didn't have walls they wont have people trespassing and people destroying the temple. If they stay separated they still going to be throwing rocks but its not going to be like if they were together."
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  • -1 +9 -10 Erix Jan. 2, 2014
    "No, it is not. The idea of these two people being able to coexist in peace within a common entity, even regardless of their different religions, is and will remain for generations to come, just a naïve dream. Stop dreaming and let the concern parties decide what's best for them! Clearly, according to all available polls, neither part is, or has ever been, in favour of such a solution. Therefore, the REAL question is not the one above, but whether the coming new Palestinian state will accept to live in peace with its Jewish neighbour and prosper, or will not -- and go under.

    Obviously, it's a Two-State Solution or a No-State Solution.

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    • 0 +1 -1 Frank Oct. 30, 2014
      "You said, "The idea of...two people being able to coexist in peace within a common entity, even regardless of their different religions,". Isn't that the United States of America and dozens of other countries that haven't collapsed into a civil war?"
  • -1 +10 -11 Steven Sep. 8, 2013
    "In the one-state solution, the people will be forced to interact with each other even if they hate one another. This could cause violence and other things. Is that really a solution?"
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  • -2 +2 -4 WH group 4 Jan. 28, 2015
    "We as a whole group, suggested that we would be against the two states to come together as a whole community or nation. The two states have many similarities, but also have many conflicts. The people of these states constantly protest and use force against each other to try to gain headway in the dis-agreement. If the two groups of people were to come together, one may force its religion upon the other. If a religion was attempted to be forced upon a person, they may not agree, and retaliate which could lead to un-needed force or bloodshed. If the two groups of people and religion stay separated though, there would only be the battles that are going on now which consist of rock throwing and tear gas being shot. The two people staying apart would then have minimal fights break out. If the two people come together, there would more than likely be more fights break out. if there is conflict constantly with separation, just imagine what it would be like if there wasn't any separation. There are many more reason why the two groups possibly don't need to be consolidated, but these are the main points that we as a group have reviewed and decided would be the better points to discuss on why the two peoples should not be brought together."
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  • -2 +31 -33 Vinathi Feb. 3, 2012
    "THE JEWS DO DESERVE A HOMELAND BUT why should the Palestinians having to live in a Jewish state where they can be oppressed and treated like crap? There needs to be 2 different countries."
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  • -4 +5 -9 Rasha May. 18, 2014
    "why should Jews control a land that they stole and killed thousands of innocent lives while doing so? The Jews do not deserve the land at all. This land belongs to the Palestinians and only Palestinians. Jews can live with the Palestinians (which are both Muslims and Christians) with no problems as they used to in the past before the Balfour Declaration. But they cannot come strip away our land kicking us out of our homes and torching us then say you can be under our rule
    NO Thanks. This is OUR LAND and we will fight for it as long as it takes"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Tman Jul. 21, 2014
      "The Jews stole the land? Check the real history of the land in question and you will see that the only time that Israel was the aggressor was when the One and Only True God Jehovah gave them the land. Since then Israel only defends itself. So, here's the deal. If you don't want your butt handed to you on a platter then don't fire rockets at an obviously stronger opponent."
  • -5 +15 -20 Joe Kingley Jan. 10, 2012
    "In the short-term, there is no evidence to suggest that Zionism and Islam, as practiced in Israel or Gaza and the Westbank, would be able to coexist, and neither would be prepared to let their faith take second place to a secular state. There may be some hope in the far future that they could exist together in the same way that Israeli-Arabs coexist in Isreal today, but without a totally committed UN membership guaranteeing military support and protection, this would be a gamble, especially with the constant provocation of the rest of the Arab world. Apart from the land captured by Isreal during the four recent conflicts, there has been no evidence of Israel trying to further expand its borders. It is to their credit that they stopped accessing lands after securing those that enabled military protection. This was demonstrated when they took the Golan heights, but stopped venturing further into Syria."
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  • -8 +18 -26 Joe Kingley Jun. 1, 2011
    "In the short-term, a single state solution would not work for either party. The Palestinians who joined the new state i.e. non-Israeli Palestinians have been educated and influenced to distrust Isarelis, and the Israeli Jewish population have been educated and influenced to fear Palestinian teorrist activity. In the long term, there is also little evidence to suggest that these attitudes would abate in any significant way."
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    • +6 +6 0 Mona Oct. 1, 2011
      "See, the thing is - in America, when slavery was abolished, black and white people were separated and went through a long period of distrust. It's fairly clear there are still distrusts, however - it wasn't OUR choice as a people to abolish slavery or stop segregation. Not to sound communistic in nature, but sometimes it's about what's best for the nation - whether we like it or not."
  • -9 +17 -26 Seth S. May. 12, 2012
    "I find it very interesting that many people think that a one state solution is a good idea. All the talk of "A single country equally shared by the two factions" sounds very nice... Until you take a little trip down history lane. Rwanda? And, to a somewhat different extent, Korea?

    Typically, I agree with the idea that two sides can live together in peace. However, the entire reason that the Jewish people are in that area is because they were seeking a homeland of their own. But the people of Palestine have just as much pride in having a state of their own, and just as much right to it. A one state solution wouldn't make either side happy, which would only lead to more discontent and, in turn, hostility. A two state solution is much more likely to please both sides- it's not land they want, they want to keep their pride as a society intact. And, for both sides, this land is intricately tied to their pride. Having two states, with Jerusalem as a neutral territory on their combined border would likely be the best choice, or at least the one least likely to spark hostilities and most likely to retain both sides' national pride."
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  • -10 +11 -21 Avinash Mar. 25, 2012
    "A one state solution will die at inception. Zionists clearly want a state for themselves and facts remain that they are pro settlement and they continue to do so ignoring all international laws. I read a comment supporting a one state solution which sounded very idealistic stating equal rights for Palestinian and Israelis. Well, lets consider this - who would become the Prime Minister in this single state, an Arab or a Jew? Would the Arabs accept the name of this single state as Israel? Why isn't either of the sides proposing this solution? These are just some of the problems. The fact is the Arabs living in Israel now do not have the same rights as the Jews, contrary to what Ben Netanyahu says. Marching towards a single state solution is like creating a problem for a solution. It is simply not feasible."
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  • -12 +4 -16 Aaron Aug. 26, 2012
    "When did it become the Jewish people who forgot about the horrible consequences that follow from persecuting other peoples?"
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  • -13 +10 -23 Tony S. Nov. 9, 2011
    "Yahoo News: Netanyahu: hero at home, pariah abroad.
    In Feb, German Chancellor Merkel reportedly lashed out at him after he criticised Berlin for backing a UN Sec. Council resolution condemning settlements. "How dare you?" Merkel told him in remarks reported by Israel's Haaretz paper. "You are the 1 who disappointed us. You haven't made 1 step to advance peace." The 2 had another difficult convo last mo., which Merkel Q'd his commitment to restart talks after Israel approved a swathe of new homes in annexed east Jerusalem. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has also urged him to show "leadership" & in May, he irked Obama by publicly lecturing him in the Oval Office on the historic struggles of Jews - live on TV. Later US Def. Sec. Robert Gates reportedly criticised Netanyahu, describing him as "ungrateful," and saying Washington had "received nothing" in exchange for its support of Israel's security needs, in remarks published by a respected US columnist. During his previous term, 1996-1999, he was not fully trusted, w/US pres. Bill Clinton saying he had reneged on pledges to withdraw from Palestinian land, torpedoing peace efforts, w/the White House accusing him of failing to honour commitments made "at the highest level.""
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  • -14 +1 -15 lemia Apr. 27, 2012
    "a two state is good because it would be two states for Isreal and other states can go back and forth from not just have one state. you can put each of them in their own corner."
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  • -14 +3 -17 M.M Apr. 27, 2012
    "no because there might be a war and they both might not like sharing one land"
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  • -15 +3 -18 M.M Apr. 27, 2012
    "i say no because there might be a war about that land that they are sharing"
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  • -17 +10 -27 Phillip Glymph Jan. 29, 2012
    "No there should not be one state because they have had separatism for far too long. The land belongs to Isreal"
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  • -17 +6 -23 Barrile Jan. 10, 2012
    "That defeats the entire purpose of creating a Jewish homeland"
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  • -20 +5 -25 Brianna Jan. 10, 2012
    "I think having just one group own it is a very bad idea. If you look at what is happening now. It belongs to the Jewish and the conflict is bad. Yes, there can be peace. But if you look at the facts then people would see that a one-state solution is a bad idea. Only if someone would want more deaths then I wouldn't do it.

    Israel already belongs to the Jewish and there is fighting in both sides. If and only IF the leaders of the 2 contries would look at the options and not have their heads stuck up their..well...anyway, they would see reason. I'm not saying time-out but I'm saying have Bill Clinton sit with them and give the options.

    Please if someone would consider the bi-national solution then it could be easier. Well kind of easier."
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