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Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

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  • +58 +101 -43 vulhar Oct. 7, 2012
    "The matter of a two state solution isn't a moral one, but rather an already established matter of international law. The 1967 borders are recognized in the UN as the official borders of Israel and Palestine. Why doesn't this ever go into effect? Simple, American support. Look at all previous votes for passing a resolution is vetoed by the United States. The most recent attempt in 2010 ended with the vote count at 107 for it, 14 against, and the rest either abstaining or in absence. The reason it didn't pass with such an obvious majority was again US veto. The next issue to resolve is that Palestinians don't support the process. Not true. Lets look at a poll done by Gallup, a reliable source. As of 2011, an increasing 65% of Palestinians support a peaceful resolution with a decreasing 24% supporting armed struggle (mind you they're under occupation giving them the right to armed struggle). Hamas has agreed to a two state solution on 67 borders. The PLO agrees to the two state solution on 67 borders. Mahmoud Abbas supports a two state solution. By the way, accepting a two state solution is accepting Israel. So the reason it isn't working is that the US and Israel have shot down every attempt for decades."
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    • -4 0 -4 Nick Jul. 14, 2014
      ">>> The 1967 borders are recognized in the UN as the official borders of Israel and Palestine. <<<<

      That's not correct - the borders of Israel are those of UNGA 181, the partition resoluton.

      That's what's in the letter to Truman which persuaded him to recognise the new state, they're what's in Israel's Declaration of Independence and they were several times confirmed by Israel.

      That's why, in the 1980s, more UN resolutions warned the nations of the world not to have their embassies in West Jerusalem. Israel has no sovereignty there."
    • -5 +2 -7 Mark Oct. 12, 2014
      "Palestinian Arabs already have a state called Jordan."
    • -7 0 -7 Derek Apr. 20, 2014
      "The United States has supported a two-state solution, you are oversimplifying the US position on various UN resolutions to the extreme."
  • +11 +20 -9 Charlotte Apr. 28, 2015
    "Israel has been violating the solution imposed by the United Nations in 1947. It proposed a 2 state solution and granted Jerusalem with an international status. In my opinion, a 2 state solution is the best option to provide a home for both Palestinians and Israelis. In order to do that Israel should continue to delegate power to Palestinian institution in the occupied territories. The main problem Israeli see in this option is that there is not guarantee that Palestinian, once they have their country would military attack Israel. A solution would be to sign an agreement of demilitarisation as Japan had after word war 2. The other problem is the status of Jerusalem. Palestinians and Israelis should make an agreement in order to share the control of the city and enable its inhabitants to live there peacefully whether they are Palestinians or Israelis. However, there will always be extremists on both side that will be against any kind of agreement and will prevent any sort of peace. The situation is therefore extremely complicated especially because religion is involved. Nevertheless, I still believe a two state solution is the path to peace."
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  • +10 +15 -5 james Apr. 12, 2017
    "good idea"
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  • +10 +36 -26 sanjay Jul. 27, 2012
    "I don't know exactly where i should enter my comment. After going through the list of pro and con statements made by some very important personalities. The 'pro' group severely outnumber the 'con' group....then why no solution yet??"
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    • -2 0 -2 GG Feb. 3, 2017
      "Because the UN already ruled on this, told Israel to stay on the 1967 borders, and Israel, unable to give any f**** what the UN tells it to do, pretty much disregards every sanction put on them as they keep expanding into the west bank while isolating the Gaza strip; giving it the title of the largest open air prison in the world up until Egypt reopened its borders a few years back"
    • -3 0 -3 free palestine Mar. 20, 2017
      "because isrealis cant stop bombing off Palestinians."
  • +9 +36 -27 toughfreakinlove Feb. 5, 2012
    "Obviuosly the people of Palenstine are facing a juggernaut that is Isreal with American support. People fail to understand that this angers Arab neighbors. How can America and Isreal sit here and ignore or actively encourage the plight of these people? This will only fuel more hatred.
    At the same time terroism is not seen as a wise option. The PLO and Hamas and sympathisers make it harder to negotiate deals. Terrorism is only make it so that the family of Isreali murder vitims will vow revenge and the viciuos cycle will continue.

    What is needed is a two party system or a two seperate autonomous nations that can function without getting in the other's way. No more Isreali apartied or Palestine terrorism. No more wars or seperatist conflicts and uprisings. No more endless killings and violence. There most be a comfortable home for both the people of Palestine and Isreal."
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    • 0 0 0 julia Mar. 20, 2017
      "i just want to say for those who think muslims are terrorists they are not. not all muslims are bad you think that we are but we are being framed by others who are pretending to be muslims."
  • +8 +35 -27 julius Apr. 27, 2012
    "yes I like the two state solution because there would not be any thing to fight about. And they both can have there own government system and there religion like one side can be Jewish and the other moslam"
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  • +7 +12 -5 Smoo Oct. 20, 2016
    "People need places to live let them have a place to live where their religion is free to themselves!!!!"
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  • +7 +13 -6 Sophie Apr. 28, 2015
    "By reading through pros and cons and other information on the topic of whether Israel and Palestine should become two separate states or one an opinion can be formed. The best solution would be to create two separate states. Each state could elect their own government and govern their own state according to their religious beliefs and values. 'The Palestinians will never get the national self-determination they seek in a Jewish-dominated single state. Jews will achieve neither the democracy and inner harmony they seek (or ought to), nor legitimacy from the world…' discusses how by allowing a two state solution each state can function on their own. Only once the solution is set up can it be seen it would work, but if the violence stopped and the Palestinians were equal to the Israelis then it is likely the two-state solution would work."
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  • +7 +29 -22 my Apr. 27, 2012
    "yes because everybody get they own space"
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  • +7 +29 -22 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 (and don't argue with me for a minute that the Palestinians are not getting treated like crap).
    There needs to be 2 different states so each group can do their own thing. Obviously both people have different views and don't plan on giving them up any time soon. This war will never end."
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  • +6 +20 -14 Rabbi May. 7, 2012
    "I think Israel dominates, but a two state solution would be completely acceptable. What is unacceptable is that someone would turn down the opportunity to make a something good happen."
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  • +4 +10 -6 anonymous Nov. 12, 2016
    "when is canada going to turn its back on a war mongering isreal.sorry about ww2 but you are doing same thing to someone else.isreal`s enemy was german,not muslim."
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    • 0 0 0 ??? Apr. 4, 2017
      "That is irrelevant"
  • +3 +7 -4 Anonymous Apr. 25, 2017
    "Yes. In fact, Israel has introduced this plan 5 separate times. Each time, Palestinians broke off negotiations and began terrorist activity in a couple of the 5 cases."
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    • 0 0 0 max Apr. 12, 2018
      "The US and Israel are the ones who continuously veto UN solutions to the 67 borders, all of the Palestinian representatives have agreed."
  • +2 +13 -11 Daniel Vaziri Oct. 3, 2014
    "A Two-State Solution is an acceptible solution to the Palestinian-isreali conflict because the two states have historical aspects of the culture and thier Religion in that land."
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  • +2 +14 -12 DW Feb. 7, 2013
    "Yes, it is. Israeli's and Palestinians have been fighting for a very long time and if they split Israel it would end a lot of the conflict. They still will need to settle the shared terrorities like West Bank and Golan Heights though."
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  • +1 +3 -2 looktwrdsthebttm Feb. 5, 2019
    ""The matter of a two state solution isn't a moral one, but rather an already established matter of international law. The 1967 borders are recognized in the UN as the official borders of Israel and Palestine. Why doesn't this ever go into effect? Simple, American support. Look at all previous votes for passing a resolution is vetoed by the United States. The most recent attempt in 2010 ended with the vote count at 107 for it, 14 against, and the rest either abstaining or in absence. The reason it didn't pass with such an obvious majority was again US veto. The next issue to resolve is that Palestinians don't support the process. Not true. Lets look at a poll done by Gallup, a reliable source. As of 2011, an increasing 65% of Palestinians support a peaceful resolution with a decreasing 24% supporting armed struggle (mind you they're under occupation giving them the right to armed struggle). Hamas has agreed to a two state solution on 67 borders. The PLO agrees to the two state solution on 67 borders. Mahmoud rape is good Abbas supports a two state solution. By the way, accepting a two state solution is accepting Israel. So the reason it isn't working is that the US and Israel have shot down every attempt for decades.""
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  • +1 +3 -2 jack Oct. 18, 2018
    "should there should be two states? yes, however the way that the governments involved have handled it leaves something to be desired. we should simply put the two states KNOWN for fighting nonstop... oh i don't know, anywhere but right next to each other. if we put Pakistan a fair bit away and have Israel a equal distance away with Jerusalem as a jointly occupied territory and buffer state.(laws being enforced depend on residency and citizenship)"
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  • +1 +15 -14 Michael Nicula Aug. 3, 2014
    "My opinion is that the extremists from both sides must be isolated and removed from the leadership and negotiation teams. There should be two religious demilitarized enclaves around the holy sites, one for the Jews and one for the Muslims, where the extremists can worship peacefully. The moderates from both sides will certainly be able to reach a compromise to share the land. The new Palestinian state should be able to administer and police themselves.
    Extremism must be banned on both sides same way Nazism was banned in Europe. Anyone who calls for violence should be thrown in jail."
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  • +1 +15 -14 Mr.Horton(40) Apr. 27, 2012
    "I think there should be a two state government. If there is only one then the war will never end. The people of Palenstine are facing a juggernaut that is Isreal with American support."
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  • +1 +39 -38 Phillip Glymph Jan. 29, 2012
    "I think there should be a two state government. If there is only one then the war will never end. The Palestinians will continue to try and murder the Israelites to acquire the land. it belongs to the Jewish population and not the muslims because of Abraham and David."
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    • +2 +4 -2 TMI Nov. 4, 2014
      "I think you live in a child's mind. How much more land do these illegals need? Israel contained all of Jordan when the initial borders were drawn in 1917. The made up people called Palestinians were handed ALL of Jordan! But they didn't stop their terrorism anyways. They will never stop as long as people keep supporting them.
      And now they should be give even more land? Why do people refuse to accept that Islam is the reason they cry foul all the time? They are a creation by terrorist and Hitler ally Amin al-Husseini in the late 1930's and his hatred and passion for jihad. Their presence in the region doesn't expand further than that. This is not a truthful or authentic battle. Its pure terrorism and nothing else. No one should give land to terrorists. They will only demand more and more."
  • 0 0 0 Madi Dec. 11, 2019
    "The wall is a good idea because if it’s keeping Palestinians and the Israelites apart and keeping them from seeing one and just beating them so, at least it’s doing something."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Chris Mar. 27, 2019
    "If the two states divided out land what would happen to all of the Jews that are in Palestine and what would happen to Jerusalem which is Jewish and Muslim people holy city.."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Dg Nov. 28, 2013
    "There should be a two state solution. The problem is not just how emotional the feelings are, but land. It is possible to answer the land division, but there is no answer for the side the old city of Jerusalem. No one will relinquish the rights they feel over this. The old city is the unanswerable answer for a 2 state or any solution for the peace of this area. I spent the last month looking over the city from the Jaffa gate view. I don't think there is a compromise on this one spot. I am sure all sides are tired of the conflict and the animosity, yet the issue of the old city, peaceful looking from my angle of view, but not a negotiable point for either side. Hence the conflict continues."
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  • -5 +8 -13 David L May. 24, 2013
    "I think the solution must be a two state solution. This may sound absurd but I think the west bank should be given to Israel, then a portion carved out of Jordan for the Palestinians including the mid to lower Negev connecting to Gaza for the Palestinians, possibly they could have a small part of Galilee. Why can't the other Arab nations help to carve out a legitimate homeland next to Israel for the Palestinians. The historical fact is Jerusalem belongs to Israel; and there are hundreds of Israeli archaeological sites in the West Bank which are being looted on a daily basis, where is the justice and the Israeli heritage. Peace has a chance of being achieved only if we maximize the defensibility of the borders so Palestinians should be mainly on the east side of the Jordan (see above). I think this is the only realistic solution."
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    • -1 0 -1 A. M Jan. 25, 2015
      "Okay but what about the justice of the Palestinians. They were living there before the Jews came. They also have archaeological sited that belongs to them. You say the historical fact is that it belongs to the Jews, but when the Muslims come to talk about their belief on Palestine everyone says its not a religious problem. Doesn't seem quite fair in my opinion, huh? Why should they have to carve out land for them when they weren't living there as much as the Palestinians were? So many questions and so little answers."
    • -1 +1 -2 Andy Jul. 13, 2014
      "Using the 2 state solution sounds good on paper.. and could work ..if Palestine did not have a different end game. But they, as well most Middle Eastern Islamic countries have made it abundantly clear what their ultimate goal is.. and that goal is quite similar to Hitler's, with regards to the Jews.. Carving this out and giving that would have little effect on satisfying Hamas or the PLO.. and doesn't really take into consideration the state of contemporary Israel and its people. Using that logic , then we should be able to stop illegal aliens from entering the US by simply giving California, Arizona and New Mexico back to Mexico.."
  • -5 +14 -19 Momo Nasser Jun. 13, 2012
    "Yes a two state solution is the only acceptable solution. The Jewish people need their own state. It will be a demographic suicide for the only jewish nation in the world. If tigers and rhino can have areas where they are protected why cannot Jews? The two people also hate each other, there has been a century of war. They cannot live in the same state. There must be two states for two people with no exception."
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  • -5 +8 -13 dyisha Apr. 27, 2012
    "two peoples live freely, side-by-side, in amity and mutual respect. Each will have its own flag, its own national anthem, its own government. Neither will threaten the security or survival of the other."
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  • -5 +12 -17 billyfields Apr. 27, 2012
    "yes because there would not be more fighting and they can share the land and learn how to get alone and learn how to help each other."
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  • -5 +7 -12 zaire green Apr. 27, 2012
    "the is good because it gives both something that they want. If they have their own section there would be no need to fight. this is also good in the way that it fulfill everyone needs."
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  • -5 +5 -10 Demarco Apr. 27, 2012
    "I agree. I think if there separated and have there own there will be less arguing. They also don't got to be around people they don't like."
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  • -5 +9 -14 zay Apr. 27, 2012
    "i think that a 2 state country is the best choice because it would cause less conflict between the two counrties because they would have their own piece of land"
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    • +2 +3 -1 Nick Jul. 14, 2014
      "If the Polish people had told Jews they could not return to their homes and lands after 1945 then there would have been outrage. (Actually, there is outrage because some of the returnees in 1946 were murdered - the Polish are never allowed to forget it).

      Why are the Palestinians less entitled to their property back than the Jews were?

      Answer, of course they're not, the Right of Return is guaranteed in every possible legal and moral code -and was very solemnly promised by Israel when, on the third occasion of asking, they were allowed to join the UN."
  • -6 +5 -11 H Mar. 28, 2017
    "Yes it would be, if Israeli Zionist people stop attacking Palestinians."
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    • 0 0 0 ??? Apr. 4, 2017
      "They are attacking each other"
  • -6 +4 -10 Not my Issue Jul. 20, 2016
    "I support a 2 state solution and peace but I don't think we should care about it or pump our money into it."
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  • -6 +6 -12 George Nov. 24, 2012
    "We refuse to be enemies."
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  • -6 +7 -13 Tim Upham May. 8, 2012
    "A two-state solution is a necessity. It began with the Oslo Accords in 1993. It was to be continued with the Camp David Accords in 2000. Those negotiations collapsed. It needs to be reviewed on the causes, and to go back and resurrect them. It is now 2012, and still no movement. This is an international problem, that requires international mediation. The only one who has put in any effort on this is King Abdullah of Jordan. He cannot do it alone, so where are the others? Do we need to call out names?"
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  • -6 +10 -16 Tiffany Apr. 27, 2012
    "I'm pro having 2 countries because if there was 2 split countries it will be better. If we split up less fighting may happen, also there will be no discussion on who's land is who's. lastly it would help the trade, its possible that the 2 individual countries may be able to trade goods back and forth."
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  • -6 +8 -14 Kimia Monroe Apr. 27, 2012
    "Yes I Think It Should Be A Two State Solution Because The Jews Did Have The Land First And They Were Forced To Leave , Then Again I Think The Pals Should Have It Too Because They Have The Land Now So Neither One Should Be Forced To Leave It Should Just Be A Two State Solution .
    Signed : Kimia Monroe"
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  • -6 +7 -13 S.lackey :) Apr. 27, 2012
    "I Think They should All Live Under Their OWN Rules And Not Be Controlled By Other States So They Should Live By Themselves."
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  • -6 +5 -11 KameronW Apr. 27, 2012
    "I think there should be a two state government because if there is a two state government the the Palestinians an d Jews would have there own part of land and they can just leave each other alone and mind there own business and build a wall on the border or they can make two separate states and call one north israel and south israel. That way they wont have to worry about each other."
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  • -7 +4 -11 Ernest A. Lane Nov. 6, 2013
    "Problem: Simultaneous Palestinian nationhood and long-term Israeli security.
    Solution: Security Union of Israel and Palestine (SUIP)
    Palestine to have full government function except for security--military, police, intelligence--which are under the authority of SUIP. SUIP is composed of Israelis and Palestinians. A legal system with courts will allow review of the action of SUIP and provide resolution of issues that may arise from the operation of SUIP. This judicial system is composed of Israelis, Palestinians, and perhaps other nationals acceptable to both.
    Area of SUIP authority: West Bank. Gaza would have the option to join. Arabic parts of Jerusalem. Possibly Temple Mount. Possible transportation corridor between the West Bank and Gaza.
    Result: Palestinian nationhood with long-term Israeli security."
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  • -7 +4 -11 or Nov. 19, 2012
    "I'm Israeli, pro 2 states, i think the Palestinians have a right to have their own country after many years in the region (even if they are not from "Palestine" originally)
    and especially because i don't want these people:
    in my country under my protection..."
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    • -1 0 -1 TMI Nov. 5, 2014
      "This is such a strange statement.

      They ALREADY have their own home countries and always did. As Hamas has confirmed so many times in interviews and videos, the Gazans originally came illegally into the region from Egypt and West Bankers come from Saudi Arabia to commit jihad and establish a Sunni-only caliphate.
      Supporting this madness is equal to supporting ISIS (Daash) aims to invade and occupy Syria and Iraq."
  • -7 +3 -10 Jack Hanson Oct. 22, 2012
    "If there is a land agreement, we need to be ready for an assassination attempt. It has happened before because the meetings were always public. If we make it private and away from the average person, there will be no assassination. This means that it will be held indoors with nobody that does not work with the government. This will make it work."
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  • -7 +6 -13 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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  • -7 +5 -12 tavario williams Apr. 27, 2012
    "it could bring a little peace to both groups and both groups have a little history because the pads live there and the jews were there first"
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  • -8 +4 -12 Demante Apr. 27, 2012
    "I think a two state government is acceptable. I feel that the Palestinian shouldn't be as greedy as they are. They should be able to share the land with the Israelis without killing hem because of their belief system."
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    • -1 0 -1 A.M Jan. 25, 2015
      "Huh, that's funny seeing that the Israelis are the greedy ones. They have violated many laws that could have made peace. They continue to build settlements and you say that the Palestinians should share. Why? It's their right to defend themselves against their oppressors. That's the idea that everyone seems to forget. The Israeli's are the terrorist in the Palestinian land. Would you share if they came to you country and took it over? I don't think so.Do some research, it'll give you a background."
  • -8 +9 -17 Gary Brine Jan. 9, 2012
    "I am interested to see if the United nations could have troops land in Palestine or Egypt then to man the borders - in much the same way as in Lebenon to prevent mistreatment/suicide bombings and to ensure that no further illegal building of settlements takes place.
    This would be followed by a slow but deliberate return of land areas belonging to the Palestinians, as these development has long been considered illegal.
    There would be a sharing of the amounts of money being given to the area, Isreal presently being the only beneficiary, from the USA.
    There would be no threat from Iran when the area becomes a two-state area because Iran would note bomb fellow Muslims.
    There will be no requirement for millions to be spent of defence in a co-coalition between Israel and the USA. This money could be used, instead, to re-build Palestine, since it was weapons paid for by the USA that helped to cause the destruction of schools, hospitals, media , Government buildings and peoples homes.
    The prisoners that are held in Israeli jails could be set free to do all of the building work, other Arab countries could also heavily invest in the infrastructure and the found oil potential could sustain both groups of people for many hundreds of years."
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  • -9 +7 -16 Yasmin Apr. 27, 2012
    "Yes, two states because they wont have to be fight. If they need to talk they would have to send letters throught the mall and call. They can be friend from an different land."
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  • -9 +30 -39 Theo May. 31, 2011
    ""If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?"

    -David Ben Gurion, first Israeli Prime Minister

    So tell me again why the Palestinians should accept the"state" of Israel? If they will accept a two state solution based on the 1967 borders Israel should be grateful. If Israel won't accept such a deal we should immediately end all financial and military support."
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    • 0 0 0 canadian Nov. 12, 2016
      "hear hear"
    • 0 +5 -5 jgarbuz Jun. 5, 2011
      "This comment by Ben Gurion has been totally misinterpreted and misunderstood. What he was saying was, why should the Arabs and Muslims who outnumber the Jews by 100 to 1 ever accept the Jewish claims? Yes, the Arabs say it is their land which the Arab occupied in 638 AD. But the Jews never accepted permanent occupation of Jewish lands by anyone, and the whole Jewish religion is about regaining control of our ancient capital Jerusalem. If the Irish had lost their whole land to the Arabs or to the British or to the Jews, they would still fight from abroad to regain it eventually. The Muslim Arabs have many capitals and holy cities, but the Jews only one. As for US financial support, no amount is worth giving up our ancient capital. How much money would Americans take from China to give up Washington DC, which has only been a capital for around 2 centuries. Jerusalem is the Jewish capital for 3000 years. Jews claim no other homeland or capital for themselves, not even NYC.."
  • -10 +5 -15 brenden carter Apr. 27, 2012
    ""I think there should be a two state government. If there is only one then the war will never end. The Palestinians will continue to try and murder the Israeles to get the land. it belongs to the Jewish population.""
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    • -2 0 -2 MiriamB Dec. 19, 2012
      "The war will never end with two states, either. Hamas has made it clear that they will never stop fighting until they completely cleanse the land of Jews, and control everything "from the (Jordan) river to the sea". They have declared many times, on their own television broadcasts, that any agreements they make with non-Muslims are not binding on them, and that they will use any concessions they are given to advance the fight to wipe out the Jews. If I thought that granting them a piece of land of their own would stop the fighting, I would gladly support the idea, even though "Palestinians" are a made-up people, consisting of Egyptians, Jordanians, and Syrians."
  • -11 +9 -20 kimoni Apr. 27, 2012
    ""I think there should be a two state government. If there is only one they would kill each other and one religion might become extinct. The Palestinians will continue to try and murder the Israelites to acquire the land. it belongs to the Jewish population"
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    • 0 0 0 A.M Jan. 25, 2015
      "Why do you continue to say the Palestinians continue killing Israelis? They are the ones who are killing them and taking their land. You really need to do some research and gain a bit of knowledge on this topic. All you see is what the media wants you to see. That's why its called there's two sides to a story. You should take a look at the other side."
  • -13 +17 -30 Colin Aug. 9, 2011
    "The sub-division of the virtually uninhabited 5000 sq miles of the Negev desert, south of Dimona, is the only practicable solution to forming an independent, contiguous, Palestinian State i.e. Palestinians will be able to travel between Gaza and the West Bank freely and without hindrance, within their own autonomous state. There is no Israeli town in this area - over 97% of Israelis live north of Beersheba.

    The UN would need to provide finance to construct huge desalination plants to irrigate the land and this would be a major financial project that would require support from the international community. The costs would, however, be less than the current costs of supplying military aid to Israel.

    This is a viable solution to the conflict and would entail the removal of all Israeli settlements within the new State i.e. the West Bank. The port of Eilat would remain a part of Israeli territory and would be accessible both from the Red Sea and via a rail link from the north."
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    • 0 0 0 Jeff Jul. 12, 2014
      "Why should Israel give up half of its land to the Palestinians? Especially since they have zero claim to the land which you suggest."
  • -17 +23 -40 Melody L. Polson May. 31, 2011
    "The Israelis fought for a state. They got one.
    The Palestinians had their 'state' stolen by the UN. They deserve a secure country of their own. Israel will never tolerate Palestinian equality in their state... so Palestine must have the same security that Israel claims.
    While I don't see going back, right of return, or compensation for the lands, businesses, and lives that have been lost, Palestine must have autonomy and an independent state."
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  • -18 +14 -32 Wisal Aug. 9, 2011
    "I believe there should be two states. The land should be split based on population, and United Nations representatives should be placed at the border of the two separate states to ensure safety for both Israelis and Palestinians. I also recommend this site to other high school students that need research information. It's really helpful!"
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  • -18 +23 -41 Elizus May. 25, 2011
    "After 63 years of conflict and bitter grievances, a 2-state solution seems most plausible. Only, they've been negotiating for the last 21 years, since Madrid, and the only way things have gone is backwards; waaaay backwards.
    They've always exchanged accusations about who's responsible for all the failures, but after Mr. Netanyahu's explicit statement a couple of days ago, I personally can't blame Palestinians for anything anymore. The guy simply blew up THE VERY basics of the Palestinian cause, and the essentials of the state they aspire: the 1967 boundaries with East Jerusalem as the capital.

    The question of refugees returning is questionable. The Palestinians cannot force Israel to accept and accommodate returning groups of Palestinians to the 1948 territories which have become "Israel", while Israel cannot deny refugees returning to the West Bank and Gaza the right to do so. However they both refer to the issue in the abstract. Palestinians demand a total return to all historical Palestine, while Israel refuses any return even to the West Bank and Gaza. This won't get anywhere.

    Adding to all that, I don't see how "generous" Mr. Netanyahu can be, after having utterly refused all the essential Palestinian basics."
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    • +1 +5 -4 Rochelle Jun. 6, 2011
      "It is a mistake to look upon the conflict as 63 years old. The Palestinians claim it is far older. The Jews know also that it is far older. The conflict has to be seen in the light of the history from before WWI, but at a minimum from the post WWI dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire.
      In brief, the Palestinian Mandate was given to the UK post WWI to be facilitated as the official Jewish homeland. THe UK quickly deleted 78% of Palestine and gave it to become the declared Judenrein country of what would be renamed Jordan. THAT was the 2 state solution! The remaining 22% then became the new Palestinian Mandate for the Jews. EXCEPT the UK decided that instead of permitting a Jewish state to arise there, they would prevent it - by taking away Jews' rights to their proerty and personal rights, by encouraging Arab riots and slaughters, by ethnically cleansing Jews from longstanding communities such as Hebron, by refusing Jewish immigration while encouraging Arab immigration, by arming and training and LEADING Arab militias. In spite of all these disadvantages, the Jews prevailed in establishing a state and defending it to this day."
    • -2 +4 -6 jgarbuz May. 31, 2011
      "The concept "historical Palestine" is the BIG LIE that has been shoved down the throats of a war weary world. The ONLY people who have ever had an independent state in Canaan or The Land of ISrael, later called "Syria-Palestina" by the Romans, were the Israelites, and then the Jewish people whose name emanates from Judea, or Judah. As long as people are allowed to tell, or to believe falsehoods, obviously no honest solution can be found. There was never an independent state called Palestine in all of human history, but there were Kingdoms of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. That is not just biblical stories, but provable facts of history."
    • -3 +2 -5 Elizus Jun. 1, 2011
      "It's only a counter BIG LIE to put forth the claim that you have. Zionism has done a mighty good job convincing people such as yourself with this baseless thesis. Israelites may have existed as a kingdom for a very short interval, and the claim you put forth is the fruit of the endeavors concentrated on excavating a strictly Israelite history in Canaan, whereas there's an abundance of evidence that Palestine and a distinct people known as Palestinian has existed extensively upon that land.

      Just as the Lebanese relate their ancestry to ancient Phoenicians (whom were Canaanites as well), Palestinians relate their ancestry to ancient Canaanites and Philistines. Go back to Isaiah 14; there's a clear reference to "Palestine", which recurrs elsewhere in the Old Testament. The Romans; the Arabs; the Crusaders and the Ottomans did not invent the name Palestine, but they referred to solid facts of ancient history to reapply the name."
  • -19 +13 -32 Andrea Aug. 9, 2011
    "I think there must be a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians, as that is the only way that both people will be able to see a sustainable future. This two-state solution must include rigorous security guarantees and the protection of human rights and access to holy sites. I don't believe, however, that the region will see such an outcome without the active and sustained involvement of the United States. In June 2002, the President was courageous in stating that he believed in a two-state solution. Now he must send Secretary of State Rice to the region with the mandate that she bring both leaders together and work within the parameters of the Roadmap to make progress."
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  • -20 +11 -31 Michael Aug. 9, 2011
    "In a two state solution, it would be agreed that there would be a differentiation between residency and citizenship. All new Arab residents of Israel (present Arab citizens of Israel would be given a choice) would become citizens of Palestine but residents of Israel. All Jews living in Palestine would be citizens of Israel but residents of Palestine. As in the United States, local residents would be able to vote for local issues, police, education, utilities etc. but only citizens of their states would be able to vote in National elections."
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  • -21 +16 -37 Joe Kingley Jun. 1, 2011
    "This is the only sensible solution. Both Parties have differing life-style, traditions, languages and faiths. However, they also both have legitimate claim to the the territories in question. The tribes of Israel that form the Jewish tradition have lived in and developed the area for thousands of years. The Palestinians were traditionally, a nomadic people, much like the Native American, who wandered the area with temporary settlements, but undertook little development. That does not disqualify them from their claim any more than that of the Native American. Again, this would require a fully commited UN to military protection of the borders of both states, and those borders need to be able to be secured, with the understanding that Palesine should be a contiguous state with access to the Mediterranean sea. Border ajdustments should also reflect the needed security, and assimilation of displaced populations should be funded by all, through the UN. Jerusalem is the biggest problem, and would probably end up divided as three distinct religions have legitimate claim to various areas of the city. However, it is also large enough to be an independent entity seperate from both states."
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    • -2 +3 -5 Elizus Jun. 1, 2011
      "Just like any other people of the region, there were nomads in Palestine but not "Palestinian nomands". I refer you to a site called "Palestine Remembered", where you can see the kind of people Palestinians were when the Jews came to settle and proclaim their state."
  • -22 +17 -39 Arnaldo de Salles Sep. 1, 2011
    "UN Organization
    August, 2011

    Foreign Office,
    November 2nd, 1917.

    Dear Lord Rothschild,

    I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Palestinian aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet:
    "His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Palestinian people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Palestinians communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Palestinians in any other country".
    I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Palestinian National Authority.

    Yours sincerely
    Arthur James Balfour"
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    • 0 +1 -1 MiriamB Dec. 19, 2012
      "You seem to be overlooking the small fact that an Arab state was created, taking up approximately 78% of the land within the "Palestine Mandate". That country is currently called Jordan, and it is the Arab Palestine. The remaining 22% was going to divided yet again, between Jews and Arabs, with Jerusalem under international control. Despite the inequitable division, the Jews agreed, the Arabs did not, and war broke out. Israel won. The Arabs have no basis for complaint - they received their state, with the vast majority of the land, and turned down a chance for even more land.
      The real problem is that the Arabs will never accept Jewish ownership of even a tiny sliver of the land, despite the Jews' historical right to the land."
  • -23 +13 -36 Joe Aug. 9, 2011
    "Considering that over time, Israel's superiority in nuclear capability will begin to diminish vs. its adversaries, as they are likely to obtain access to nuclear arms themselves, (from such sources as Pakistan, China, Russia, etc.), therefore, in order to prevent a horrible nuclear confrontation in the Middle East, Israel would be well advised to negotiate a fair peaceful resolution of all outstanding problems with the Palestinians and the bordering or regional Moslem states, as soon as possible...

    Hopefully, this way, the Middle East crisis could finally be diffused with: a) Israel achieving its implied objective of becoming and remaining a purely Jewish state within its secure and internationally recognized borders, and b) The Palestinians, getting their own independent, viable State, while obtaining fair compensation for lost properties and assets, or alternatively, gaining the opportunity to resettle elsewhere in the region or throughout the world."
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  • -23 +15 -38 Rochelle Jun. 6, 2011
    "There WAS provision made for 2 coexisting states carved out of Palestine by the League of Nations when that international legal body founded numerous states from the former Ottoman Empire after WWII. These include the states of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the cluster of additional smaller Arab states [like Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, etc.], AND the Palestinian Mandate. >3/4 of the Palestinian Mandate was declared Arab and made Judenrein and deleted from Palestine. That is now known as Jordan. The remaining 22% was relegated for the Jewish homeland. Unfortunately, the UK decided to flagrantly flout their agreed upon responsibility to not only permit but facilitate Jewish development of ANY sort within the rump Palestine. They instead advanced Arab interests, encouraged Arab pogroms and general violence, abrogated Jewish legal property and personal rights, executed numerous Jews without trial, ethnically cleansed legal long standing Jewish communities like Hebron, refused any Jewish immigration, only Arabs. Jordan + Israel = that 2 state solution."
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    • 0 0 0 ES Mar. 16, 2017
      See the maps on this website.
      Two states is fine, but Jordan IS Palestine
      The West Bank can be shared between the Hebrews and the Arabs"
  • -40 +20 -60 jgarbuz May. 31, 2011
    "There will be NO solution to the Israel-Muslim conflict unless and until the State of Israel is fully recognized as Jewish soil, the state and homeland of the Jewish nation-in-exile. In exchange for such full acceptance and recognition, Israel would then grant limited statehood in Judah, Samaria and Gaza for a 23rd Arab state presumably to be called the State of Palestine, or whatever name they choose. If the Muslims do not accept Israel as the Jewish state and homeland, then there is no peaceful solution to be had. It is war until one side or the other is defeated or concedes."
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    • 0 +7 -7 Elizus Jun. 1, 2011
      "We should heed the fact my friend, that Palestine doesn't mean Muslim; it is first of all the land of Jesus Christ, not Muhammed, and Christians have a rooted history in that land, well before Muslims came and multiplied. Of all three "prophets", it is only Jesus Christ who was born, lived and died there; therefore, Christians should have the first claim to the land, even before Jews."
    • -6 +4 -10 jgarbuz Jun. 5, 2011
      "The word "Jew" comes from Judah, one the last remaining tribes of Israel. Christian comes from Christ, the Greek word for Messiah. It is the name of a religion. Islam means to peacefully submit. It is the name of a religion. Jews are a TRIBE, a nation which has religion attached to it, just like the Navajos or any tribe. Jesus was a JEW, a Judean born native who practiced the religion of the Jewish tribe and whose descent is claimed from the second king of Israel, from the tribe of JEWda (Judah). Jews are a nation in exile who because they were pushed out of their land disguised themselves for centuries as merely adherents of a religion because it was dangerous and inconvenient to allow their Jewish nationalism to be too exposed and prominent. But now we no longer have to hide our Jewish NATIONAL identity now that a strong Jewish state exists again.."
    • -8 +4 -12 Theo Jun. 1, 2011
      "Jewish nation-in-exile? As far as I know there has never been a Jewish nation anymore than there is a Protestant or Mormon or gypsy nation. It is a culture and religion, no more."

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  • +72 +148 -76 Nate Sep. 22, 2011
    "The two-state solution implies that one of these states will and must contain a Jewish majority. Israel only has a Jewish majority now because its government refuses to allow the some 5 million Palestinian refugees living in areas surrounding Israel to return home. This "Right of Return" is established in UN General Assembly Resolution 194. If there were two states and one of these was to remain majority-Jewish, it could only be done by continuing to deny the Palestinian refugees their Right of Return, which would mean Israel would be perpetually violating international law for the entirety of its existence as a "Jewish state". Even if all settlements were dismantled and the Palestinians were given control over their own borders and airspace, this issue with the refugees would persist and continue to breed conflict as the refugees, most of whom wish to return to their former cities and villages of residence (that is, they won't accept having to move to Ramallah in the new Palestinian state when they and their descendants are from Haifa, in Israel) would feel abandoned.

    The only acceptable and practical solution is for one democratic state in all of Israel and Palestine with equal rights for all its citizens, Jew and Arab alike."
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    • -3 +1 -4 Ethan Farber Oct. 23, 2015
      "Democracy implies equal consideration of interests. No democracy is possible when one or both sides refuses to acknowledge the fundamental rights of the other side.

      Millions of Mizrahi Jews were exiled from the Arab countries when Israel was founded. Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were repatriated when Pakistan were founded, and millions of Germans were repatriated when Poland was founded. The people in question were in some but not all cases compensated for their losses.

      Hamas and its allies only see democracy as a means to an end: establishing a tyranny of the majority and the same popular violence against non-Sunnis that has defined ethnic politics in the rest of the Middle East.

      For reasons of both the natural and political rights of Israelis as individuals and as a nation, and also the historical norms of the establishment of states, there is no right of return. And it is advanced only as a Trojan Horse to annihilate the Jews of Israel for the crime of having asserted themselves against the Ummah."
    • -4 +9 -13 JT Nov. 21, 2012
      "And exactly how do you create a 'democratic' state by inviting a people who completely reject democracy, insist on a singular Islamic state and breed and educate their own children to become terrorists?

      Israel is not breeding children to become terrorists. Nor does its religion consist of any instructions to hate the Muslim people and kill them until every single one on the face of the earth is eliminated. Islam does contain that instruction which is why these conflicts have existed between Jews and Muslims for over 1000 years.

      Exactly how do you create a democracy when a nation deals with an enemy who doesn't even consider Jews to be human beings, with a right to live and exist in the world at all? Jew are "apes and pigs" in Islam. Apes and pigs long, long before they occupied anything "belonging" to Arabs/Muslims.

      Having spent plenty of years in the Middle East and being well familiar with the strong desire by the Muslim community around the world to commit a complete ethnic cleansing of Jews - I find the long stream of proposed solutions from the West completely naive and absurd. None of them address the core problem which is not the land of Israel, but a hate doctrine that is attached to the religion of Islam."
  • +12 +29 -17 Demarco Apr. 27, 2012
    "I think the only bad thing is that even if they have their own land they will still fight over how much land they will get among them."
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    • +1 +2 -1 andy Jul. 13, 2014
      "A 2 state solution will never work.. The reason is quite simple. It is not the end game of Hamas or the PLO.
      To me it is simple to se who has the moral high ground. I don't remember ever hearing of Israel strapping a bomb on a child and sending him into a Palestinian pizza parlor. This conflict will not end in any of our lifetime. Golda Meir was right. It will stop when Palistine love their own children more than they hate the Jews."
    • +1 +3 -2 JT Nov. 21, 2012
      "Their aim and goal is to exterminate the Jews. It doesn't matter if they live in Israel or beyond. They have made that very clear. It's a religious conflict that originates with prophet Mohammed who ordained the Jews to be viewed as "apes and pigs" and for no Muslim to rest until every single Jew on the face of the earth is killed.

      How does anyone negotiate with such people?"
    • 0 0 0 Whitney Dec. 7, 2017
      "I kind of agree with this. The key word is MIGHT"
  • +8 +15 -7 Petri Paavola Dec. 20, 2014

    Two state solution is not the right decision."
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  • +7 +7 0 derk Feb. 26, 2019
    "we made the capital of israel be jerusalem which has made the palestinians angrier and not want to negotiate a two state solution. the more involvement that america puts into israel the more fights that they get into. this is show when each side sends over suicide bombers to attack the other side and the only peace that these two peoples have is to let the other over the border to pray at their house of worship and to be closer with their own god."
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  • +7 +19 -12 K Nov. 23, 2014
    "I do not think that it is a solution to this conflict. No matter how much land is given to the Palestinians, they will continue to attack Israel. We have already received a glimpse of this when Israel gave the Palestinians the Gaza Strip in 2005 in exchange for peace. The Israeli's kept their end of the bargain, while the Palestinians failed to do so. I think that a demilitarized Palestinian State outside of Israel's current borders, would be a nice idea. But will the Palestinians be able to elect a political group who will not attack Israel (which they have failed to do in Gaza because Hamas was elected in 2007)? Will the Palestinians refrain from infiltrating Israel and attacking the country? Are the Palestinians really in favor of their own state, or do they just want to rid the world of a Jewish state? Will this "new Palestinian state" be one that succumbs to the brutality of Sharia law and radical Islam? Will the Palestinians not allow any Jews to live on their land (Jews are not allowed to live in Gaza)? All of these questions are vital to the existence of Israel, the Jewish people, and the possibility of peace."
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    • +1 +1 0 H Mar. 28, 2017
      "lol what do you mean Palestine would still attack Israel??? What you are saying is complete BS. Palestinians are under occupation. Innocent people are being killed, and arrested. PEOPLE DONT HAVE HOMES. AND ALL THE LAND WAS THEIRS IN THE FIRST PLACE. Palestinians cant even freaking defend them selves. Israel did not give them ANYTHING, but instead stole from them. Don't even try to victimize yourself."
    • -1 +2 -3 A.M Jan. 25, 2015
      "You say "no matter how much land is given to the Palestinians they will continue to attack Israel", but it is their land. Why should they have to be given the approval to take the land if it is there's? You don't realize that under all the innocence that Israel shows you and that is shown on American media they are taking more and more land as we speak. Of course Jews are not allowed to live in Gaza because everyone knows if they live there then nothing can stop them from taking more land. Israel has had their fair share of violating laws so don't just throw it on the Palestinians. Did you forget about the U.N Partition Plan in 1947, what about the Camp David 1 and the Oslo Accords? Israel violated all of them and all you point out is what the Palestinians did. Israel keeps taking land and only left Palestinians with less than 20%. You never know how much they have because Israel has its boundaries opened, they never say no for more."
  • +7 +37 -30 JT Nov. 21, 2012
    "First of all, there is no solution to more than 1000 years of antisemitism and extreme hate which is the doctrine of Mohammed unless Islam is banned all together.

    Again and again Hamas have declared that it doesn't matter if Jews were in Israel or not. It is the RELIGIOUS DUTY of Muslims to attack and hate the Jewish people. The very covenant of Hamas clearly state that Muslims will never accept a peace treaty as a peace negotiation or 'solution' is completely against the Islamic ideology and movement.

    It doesn't matter how many pieces of land you would hand the "palestinians" because the core issue is a religious duty to hate and victimize a particular people. And they do this around the world with OTHER people too who have never "occupied" any claimed land. The games "palestinians" play are mere PR propaganda to gain supporters.

    The conflict has nothing to do with the land of Israel and the battle against "victim palestinians" - an invented people by a terrorist organization consisting of illegal Arab immigrants (ready and study history) - but is a battle of hate perpetrated by prophet of the "Religion of Peace".

    (no, I am not a Jew)"
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    • +3 +5 -2 Displaced May. 23, 2013
      "How can you say that one fundamentalist group represents the entirety of a population? You do not look at the individuals, you only hear and believe what you want to."
    • +2 +4 -2 In Disagreement Oct. 22, 2014
      "I don't see how or why Islam should be banned, for starters. It would be like banning Christianity or another major religion. There used to be wars over religion. Many colonists came to America for the freedom of religion. Why on Earth would we want religious wars again? Think Crusaders, think world powers in a World War 3.
      And no, it isn't NOT A RELIGIOUS DUTY FOR MUSLIMS TO HATE AND ATTACK anyone else! Most Muslims actually feel that they, Jews, and Christians are all branches of the same tree. Although Muslims disagree with the other two religions about certain things, it does;t mean the terrorists you see on T.V. from the Middle East are all Muslims and that every Muslim wishes to hurt or hate Jews. Many of those terrorists from ISIS and Al Quida aren't even targeting Jews."
    • -6 +2 -8 TMI Nov. 5, 2014
      "No other religion on earth has terrorized other countries for 1,400 years. The Crusaders, Spanish inquisition and so on plus 90% of current day battles and wars around the world are defense measures to attacks and invasions that originated with Islam. It never stops!

      In the case of Israel we see a dead-end situation because this religious hatred originating from Islam simply will not end. On the contrary, the bogus "lost land" argument is used as a tool to fuel more hatred. Not only the hatred of the Jewish people, but the air of entitlement to hate everyone who does not bend to Islam.

      How many millions of people are going to be killed in the name of Islam by "legalized" doctrines before we put an end to it? You can never compare the barbarity of Islam to any religion on earth.

      It's pretty rich to use the argument "not to judge all Muslims". Fact is Muslims NEVER work for the protection of other people. What funding and protest do you do?

      Islam is fascism cloaked in the guise of religion. Like other fascist ideologies, it needs to be banned. Should the followers of this ideology disagree, they can relocate to their own countries but they cannot force other countries to invite their fascism or force them to accept it."
  • +6 +31 -25 Nick Apr. 14, 2012
    "I can't take this discussion seriously - are we saying that one apartheid state is good so two such states would be even better?

    Besides which, state-building is of trivial importance compared with the elephant in the room. Which is that the Palestinians must be allowed back to their homes, there really is no question about that in law and in morality and in world opinion.

    In fact, Israel promised that it would let them back when it applied for membership of the UN in 1949! What are we waiting for?"
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    • -5 +1 -6 Jeff Jul. 12, 2014
      "Clearly you didn't conduct any research because a) Israel was declared a nation by the UN in May of 1948 and b) no such promise (to my knowledge) was ever made."
  • +6 +66 -60 Isaac Aug. 9, 2011
    "Is there a Palestinian nation? There was no 'Palestinian Arab nation' having an ancient attachment to the Holy Land. Palestine is a name given by the Romans to the Holy Land. There is not, nor has there ever been, a distinct 'Palestinian' history, culture or language. There was never a Palestinian state in the Holy Land governed by Arab Palestinians. There was never a serious Arab-Palestinian national movement until the 1967 Six Day's War which allowed Palestinian identity to develop once the occupation of West Bank by Jordan and Gaza by Egypt was removed...

    Is a solution to the Palestinian Israel conflict possible? Palestinians are not a nation. Even if they are they are fragmented into multiple competing fractions which make a 'good' business being at war with Israel... The distance between WB and Gaza is more than geographic: it is a cultural, economical, religious, political and social difference that sharply separates the two...

    There is no solution to WB and Gaza as one Palestine... The West Bank cannot survive by itself..."
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    • +3 +7 -4 Danny Oct. 9, 2012
      "The identity of a people should not over look the rights of a person. It is simply a truth people lived on that land for thousands of years before the Israelis and have been moved from their land. It should always be a right to not be forced from a land you have owned for generations. The Israeli argument for this, saying the torah and God promised the land and they lived there since then , also has to admit that the migrated to that place. The same proof of ownership is the same proof of migration to said place. The Jewish people was never forced from their land and were allowed to move back during the Zionist push to resettle. Why do they feel the right to physically remove others?"
    • +1 +4 -3 Thirdgenpalestinian May. 23, 2013
      "Who are you to define culture? A people without a nation is sad, but having never been free certainly doesn't justify people stepping over us. We still have rights, we should have rights anyways. Like many other colonized nations, we are fighting for independence, we are fighting against a greater force. This is nationalism isn't it? How can you be a nationalist without a culture? Denying our existence does not make Israeli occupation right, it does not make it justifiable, we are here, we are alive, and we seek freedom. My family has been tossed about, from refugee camp to refugee camp, till finally we were forced to immigrate away from the conflict zone. When can we have our right of return?"
    • 0 0 0 Dat May. 13, 2019
      "First century (Jewish) - 1948(Israel state) palestinians have been living in Palestine so...historically speaking it is there home (stolen :( )"
    • -3 0 -3 DIQ Feb. 27, 2017
      "Yes, there is in fact already a Palestinian state. It is called Jordan."
    • -7 +3 -10 TMI Nov. 5, 2014
      "The solutions is to remove the illegal Arab occupiers of Gaza and force them back to their country of origin, Egypt. And the same for the illegal occupiers in the West Bank, and force them back to their country of origin - Saudi Arabia.

      The method of deception, deceit and terrorism used by the "Palestinians" is 1,400 years old and the same format is copied and used again and again by Muslims worldwide to occupy other countries and force their presence on them, and then to multiply and establish Dar-al-Islam in its place.

      These people are fighting under false pretenses while trying to illegally occupy other countries for terrorism, not authentic land losses.

      Its completely unacceptable and mind-boggling that people support terrorists and terrorist activities!"
  • +5 +12 -7 Bobby H. Feb. 15, 2017
    "I have a question for supporters of a 2 state solution. How do you negociate with someone that has vowed to kill all jews and drive them into the sea? The whole idea is stupid and is not being talked about in the press."
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    • 0 0 0 Dat May. 13, 2019
      "The people you talk about that exist on both sides. Kai CHai terrorist group in israel that vows to kill palestinians. Hammas (palestinian) want Israel back through guerilla attacks"
  • +4 +7 -3 Greg Bailey Nov. 29, 2016
    "At one time a two state solution would have been the best option for Israelis and Palestinians alike. In todays world we need a more realistic solution. Israel has clearly demonstrated that it is not seriously interested in a two state solution by permitting Jewish settlements on the West Bank and previously even in the Gaza strip. The Palestinians have been unable to clearly demonstrate that they could effectively guarantee the safety and security of Israel if they were granted statehood. The only realistic solution is to have one country with two states. Israel and Palestine. Return to the origina pre 1967 borders. Make Jerusalem the capital city with it's own federal district. Full citizenship for all legal residents and offer a right of return for displaced Palestinians along with economic compensation for having their land taken from them. Both hamas and fatah would have to renounce violence and recognize the right of the new unified state to exist. The new state would be a true democracy, not a theocracy and have a clear separation of state and religion. A new constitution would need to be drafted to guarantee the equal rights of all it's citizens. This is called compromise. But it is the right thing to do."
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    • 0 0 0 ES Mar. 16, 2017
      "Lovely ideas
      Name one Arab country that comes close to yur ideals"
  • +3 +7 -4 Geoffrey Jenkins Dec. 13, 2016
    "I've for a long time favoured a one state solution, with equality between the different religious and ethnic groups and the right of return for Arabs driven out since 1948. The two state solution will not work - settlement building on Palestinian lands has undermined the viability of an already pretty unviable state. The problem is with the rise and Islamic extremism, a secular, democratic state now seems a long way off - a dream, but maybe a dream worth campaigning for."
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  • +3 +14 -11 Ahmed Sep. 18, 2014
    "The two state solution will never work as long as Palestinians and other Middle eastern countries regard Israel as an enemy and not a legitimate state. They need to brush up on their history and realize that the reason there is no palestine is because they didnt consider the un reccomendations, then lost the subsequent civil war. The reason Israel is as large as it is is because Islamic nations such as Egypt, Jordan, etc, attacked Israel multiple times including on their religious holiday of Yom Kippur, and Israel expanded their territory. Until the fact that Israel is legitimate is accepted, a two state solution is not a solution whatsoever."
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  • +3 +49 -46 Peter Aug. 9, 2011
    "I do feel there are alot of missing elements concerning the Palestinians struggle to wipe the only democratic state in the middle east- Israel of the map. The majority of the pro-palestinian ideologies I have read have contained alot of lies. Its simple, Palestinians or some may call them Jordanian refugees have never wanted peace and this can be proved time and time again since Israel was created. Until Israel has a true partner in peace and only when the palestinians stop inciting hatred into the minds of young children, can there be a chance of stability in the region. PS The terrorist organisations would also have to be dismantled."
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    • +1 +1 0 LH Apr. 8, 2017
      "I don't think you understand the people or individuals very well, with all due respect. The majority certainly want peace, I know this from experience. People only want safe homes to live in and land to farm. Many Palestinians lost this with preceding wars and the building of the wall. I know civilians of both nationalities have no desire to live in a war zone, regardless of what the Israeli government of Hamas may pursue."
    • -2 +8 -10 Lucy Evanesque Jul. 28, 2012
      "What about the israelis that are murdering thousands of palestinians everyday? The palestinian children aren't gaining hatred from their elders but from what they are seeing through their own eyes!
      It's the oppressors versus the defenceless."
  • +2 +5 -3 Maurice Nov. 2, 2017
    "As the British Mandate originally included what is now known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, an independent country, the so-called Palestinians already have their State. They are only really interested in eliminating the Jewish State. This will not be allowed to happen."
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  • +2 +9 -7 Boi Mar. 26, 2017
    They care more about staying in power than defending their people.
    Chances are if Palestine became it's own country it would devolve into a theocratic sharia-law oppressive state, similar to many other Arab countries.
    For the sake of the Palestinian people, I think it's better they don't become independent."
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  • +2 +15 -13 brenden carter Apr. 27, 2012
    "what if one of the two races get more land....the other will just think its unfair and get more land.....eventually trhey fight again and it will solve nothing."
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  • +1 +1 0 Dylan Jan. 15, 2020
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Jan. 16, 2020
      "i agree"
  • +1 +1 0 Ya'ela Marcanno May. 10, 2019
    "Israel fought for and won the rights to the land. Taking it away is like taking away Florida from America. It's not even a large amount of land. Palestinians are still allowed to have rights in Israel. If Palestine had control over Israel, the Jews wouldn't have any rights. So the Palestinians should just be glad that they live in an accepting state."
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  • +1 +41 -40 samadimulyo Oct. 13, 2011
    "what about if one day a group of ppl expel you from ur place, because their holy book say ur place is their place. Then u move to other place,but they keep expand their region and expel u again.They also killed ur family,ur neighbour.What HAMAS do is only reaction from what Israel did.Think about it. read ifamericaknew dot org to learn the truth..I intentionally wrote on the con, because I know u won't read opinion on the pro"
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    • -2 +2 -4 MiriamB Dec. 19, 2012
      "I see ... so it was okay for the Arabs to conquer the land, kill the inhabitants, and claim it for themselves, and that makes it "their" land, but when the Jews return (yes return, they lived there for millenia), mostly by buying the land at outrageous prices from Arab "owners", that is a problem? The only ones practicing ethnic cleansing in the Middle East are the Muslims. If you read some real history, instead of the pack of lies on your website, you might understand."
  • 0 0 0 Jeremy May. 13, 2019
    "How many times do people have to point out that the palestinian people have gotten their 2 state solution 4 times and that they have rejected every peace process for 50 years. Israel didnt exist for a whole year, within its original borders mind you, before every muslim state around it decided to try and destroy them. Then, less than 20 years later they tried again, and got their backsides completely handed to them. This is the point at which israel claimed several regions for their defense. The settlers are not breaking any international laws because they arent being expelled into the region by the government, the law does not require occupying governments to deny access. On and on with never one accomodation from palestinians who approach the process with as much faith as north korea. Even with rockets still be launched routinely at israeli farms and neighborhoods, people can say with a straight face that its israel who needs to surrender their expectations and accomodate the people who elected hamas into legitimate power. Thats the reason its all on israel, because nobody expects any reason from the palestinians."
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  • 0 0 0 Dwain May. 1, 2019
    "From Dr. Juan Cole of University Michigan:

    --The ancient geographical history of Judaism begins in Mesopotamia, loosely modern-day Iraq and Syria, not Jerusalem or the Levant.

    --The archeological record and linguistic history of Jerusalem and the Levant show who has the most legitimate claim to sovereignty from best to least, in chronological order listed below, by the number of years settled:

    1. Muslims - they ruled it and built it for at least 1,191 years.
    2. Egyptians - ruled it as a vassal state for several centuries in the 2nd millennium BCE.
    3. Italians - ruled it for about 445 years until the fall of the Roman Empire in 450 CE.
    4. Iranians - ruled for 205 years under the Achaemenid Empire, for three years as a Parthian-Hasmonean vassal state, and for 15 years under the Sassanids.
    5. Greeks - ruled it for over 160 years, counting the Ptolemys and Seleucids as Greek empires. If this period is counted as 6. Egyptian and Syrian, that adds significantly to an Egyptian claim while introducing a Syrian one!
    7. Byzantines (Greeks/Turks) - ruled it for 188 years, however if one considers the heir to be Greece and add the time Hellenistic dynasties ruled, that gives Greece almost 350 years of ruling Jerusalem.
    8. Iraq - the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires ruled Jerusalem for 183 years, though adding the Ayyubid Empire (Saladin’s dynasty) who were Kurds from Iraq, ruled for 730 years bringing the total reigning years up to that point to a whopping 913 years!
    9. Jews - finally we arrive to the people who have the LEAST claim for Jerusalem. The Hasmoneans ruled as a vassal state under Parthia for 131 years.

    In the end, the only real claim Judaism has for Jerusalem and a state of Israel is based subservient to Persians, Greeks, and Romans when they ruled Palestine. This is authentic, verified history. Well wishes for everyone. Free Palestine!"
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  • -1 +6 -7 Where's Waldo??? Sep. 9, 2013
    "They will never give up there land and two states will never happen and two states will obviously make matters worse.I can't really decide who's right and who is wrong... I think that the Israelis will never give up and eventually Israel will win."
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  • -1 +9 -10 Tom Lewis Dec. 2, 2012
    "The only way there willl be a two-state solution is the United Nations Assembly gets disbanded thereby dismantling the global- controlling familys' invested interest's hold of extending tyranical practises and going to? International Court(not the present body) resolving the ethnic situation ethically and bring in the World Alms Tax sending all the politicians and bankers home jobless making statesman that volunteer their services for liberty."
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  • -1 +14 -15 Lucy Evanesque Jul. 28, 2012
    "I dont think so.
    Looking at it from a religious perspective, the zionists living in Israel say that the land is theirs because of Abraham and David. However, forgetting to mention the fact that in their holy book, Torah. It is said that the jews must never return to the promised land/jerusalem/israel and palestine.
    So, when part of the Israelis arguement is religious sentiment- they are contradicting and going against what their religion has told them!

    And i honestly think, too much blood has been spilt, ecspecially in Palestine for them to just get over their hatred towards Israelis and western civilizations for aiding the israelis. The way the jews demanded justice after the holocaust, the same would be said for the palestinians- if they do survive.

    At the end of the day, the innocent families of palestinians are being murdered every day- not the israelis."
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    • +2 +6 -4 David F Oct. 7, 2012
      "you misunderstand the Torah and misquoted it grossly, please talk to a Rabbi about what it means and why it was said when it was said .. thank you!"
    • +1 +4 -3 JT Nov. 21, 2012
      "Lucy, I think you need to wake up.

      Can you please explain:

      Why does a people who proclaim to want peace blast Israel with 1,500 rockets in 12 months?

      Mind you, Israel was not retaliating. Until now.

      Would you accept it to live in a country where an outside aggressor, who has been your killer for more than 1000 years due to religious sentiments, can never leave you in peace and always find one more reason to murder and kill your people - and then play the victim?

      So "palestinians" have the right to kill Jews? When Jews defend themselves, you argue they are responsible for death of "palestinians"? Why do "palestinians" kill their own children then?

      You agree with Arab statements that Muslims in general, beyond Palestine, will never stop fighting Jews until they are exterminated from the human race?

      You are so keen to protect a terrorist organization that created a people called "palestinians" with the purpose to commit intifada against the Jews. The actual "palestinians" are illegal immigrants from neighboring Arab countries. There never existed such a thing as a Palestinian state or a palestinian people. So whoms land are they actually entitled to?"
    • -2 +1 -3 A.M Jan. 25, 2015
      "I'd like to rep;y to David F and JT. JT throughout all your comments that I have read you seem to be focused on pro-Israel. Again you don't see them as the terrorists who have gone to Palestinian land and try to take more land as we speak. You are so keen on protecting the Israelis that kill innocent Palestinians everyday. All you know is what the media shows you. They are defending themselves against the Jews. I think you need to wake up and do a little research. It clearly wont hurt you."
  • -2 +2 -4 samuel Nov. 26, 2018
    "The Palestinians can go to Jordan or Egypt. The Israelis have nowhere to go. The gaza strip is used by the the Islam governments to commit terror on the Israelis. the answer is
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  • -3 +3 -6 Bella Dec. 1, 2015
    "The two state solution will not work because Israel will not like losing territory and their Palestinian businesses and stores. Also, the countries around Palestine are powerful and can easily conquer a new state like Palestine."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Mark Oct. 12, 2014
    Israel in the 21st century has become an incubator for the Arab people. In Israel today nearly two million Arabs.
    With each passing day the situation is getting worse.
    Arabs hate Jewish state. This can lead to events such as those that occur in Syria or Ukraine.
    Why Ireland and the Scots can live separately from the British ? In Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia - the Russians can not get citizenship. Even the Kurds do not want to live in one state with the Arabs. Why only the Jews forced to drag on itself the enemy Arab people ?
    It's time to tell the world that the Arabs in Haifa, Acre, Nazareth, Jaffa, Lod, Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza - are one and the same Palestinian people.
    Why they do not have the same Palestinian citizenship ?
    Especially now, when creating one more Arab state.

    Don't force Israeli citizenship to Arabs !
    To survive in the Middle East as Jewish state , Israel needs a new tenet:Two Nations - Two Citizenships !"
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  • -4 +3 -7 rob Oct. 18, 2015
    "Suggestion. Individual Israelis pair with individual Palestinians in a pact of peace, one to one.The less people fighting, the less heartache can exist."
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  • -5 +4 -9 Yan Jan. 18, 2017
    "Demographic PRO point is cancelled by influx of fighters from other countries. 400000 from Siria and potentially 700000 from Lebanon ."
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  • -5 +2 -7 Ethan Farber Oct. 23, 2015
    "A Palestinian state is not an acceptable solution because it will not address the basic cause of the conflict: the Sunni Arab refusal to accept sovereignty for any non-Sunni Arab nation in the region - not only Israel but also Kurdistan and Lebanon.

    No one in the Arab world seriously claims or believes that the establishment of a Palestinian state will represent a settlement of all claims. When such a state was proposed, first in 1948 and several times thereafter, most plausibly in 2000, it was turned down each time, for the reason that accepting such a state would mean an end to the conflict and an acceptance of Israel as a sovereign equal. This basic issue remains unresolved."
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  • -5 +2 -7 One State Oliver Feb. 5, 2015
    "A One State solution is in both people's best interest. The two nationalities could share power, and become friends. Alternately, one group would forcibly drive out the others. This kind of fixes the problem?"
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    • 0 0 0 Ollie Apr. 8, 2017
      "Perhaps ideal, but no one 'becomes friends.'"
  • -5 +10 -15 Keyshawn Apr. 27, 2012
    "No because separating the two states would not resolve the conflict. I believe that the Isreali-Palestnian conflict can be resolved by compromising giving Isreal what they want but giving them rules and giving Palestine what they want but also giving them rules. Make peace not war. Make love not war."
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  • -6 +2 -8 Mason Apr. 28, 2017
    "If the Palestinians(and all the Arabs in the Middle East) accept that there is a Jewish state, and not say no and attack Israel every time they try to negotiate a land for peace deal, then it would be possible. But, the fact that the Arabs in the Middle East are so anti-Jewish(Antisemitism) and that Islam is not a religion of peace makes this unlikely."
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  • -6 +5 -11 The Unknown One Mar. 5, 2014
    "The Palestinians never did anything wrong, and won't come to peace with israel. There is always a greater logic behind everything done in life, meaning if 2 states lived side-by-side, old feuds would stay, and more bombings would occur. The Palestinians don't see what right Israel had in taking their land and all, so they won't form a consensus, I swear a war will emit, and it will revolve around The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Syria. The Middle-Eastern folk used to be the thinkers, but now they're quick to war, and are stuck with the old ways of protecting pride and family. It was wrong for the Jews to come in, and grudges shall be held. Problem is, peace never will preside. Read the Star Wars Section of this link: that will explain how peace will never preside. I am a Palestinian, and know that I will never be able to walk the lands of my ancestors once more, I am trapped into the Western Civilization with one main goal: To Liberate Palestine and walk the blessed lands of my ghosts and kin."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Jeff Jul. 12, 2014
      "The land of your ancestors is not within the borders of modern day Israel. Palestinians are just Arabs with a made up name. I am sorry to inform you of this, but you and your people are just the pawns of Israel's enemies."
  • -6 +3 -9 CONMONDONBONLON Sep. 9, 2013
    "I think this land belongs to the Israelis and they will maintain that land throughout an they have hasd control over it for 40 years and there religion has lived throughout it for over 3,000 years.The palestinians will eventually get kicked out and will have there own land and LEAVE>>>>>>>......"
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  • -7 +27 -34 Anonymous Aug. 9, 2011
    "How can you think that you can put our Israeli flag next to the 'Palestinian' flag. How can you call your site Israeli-Palestinian - there is no Palestinian state just an Israeli state..."
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    • +5 +7 -2 Danny I.R.A. Oct. 9, 2012
      "Truly you must be a slow individual if you do not understand the premise. If this is the case and what you say should be beholden as the right then if another state were to bomb the shit out of Israel out of existence and resettle the land as their own then those people would be the rightful owner cause they are what physically exist. The Israeli state wouldn't after all so how could anyone use their flag! Also, so long as a people unite under one idea and place and identity there can be a chance for a state. The Palestinians even have their own government."
    • 0 0 0 canadian Nov. 12, 2016
      "after what we sacrificed in ww2 to free your people,you should be more respectful to our wishes. after all,we only want peace."
    • -3 0 -3 A.M Jan. 25, 2015
      "Anonymous it's more like "How can you think that you can put our Palestinian flag next to the 'Israeli' flag. It's not your land you are invading it and we are protecting ourselves. Beside this, you should really do some research, you lack some knowledge here."
  • -16 +19 -35 Luke Matney Nov. 28, 2011
    "The nation of Israel has been in "Palestine" for all of history. Only after the Roman invasion did they move out. Had they not been forced out, they would still control all of their inheritance. The partition is not acceptable to thge Israelis and it will never be acceptable."
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    • -2 +3 -5 Douglas Oct. 23, 2012
      "You're right Luke. Israel belongs to God's chosen people, the Jews."