The Failure of the Two-State Solution: Hope for Palestinian Youth
On December 28, 2016, in one of his final public remarks as secretary of state, John Kerry assumed a tone of urgency, stressing that "the two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians." For decades, discourse surrounding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has centered on the theory of separation as the principal means of achieving sustainable peace. However, in the face of the innumerable obstacles posed by the situation on the ground, the political impasse triggered by a growth in radical ideology and nationalism, and growing doubt that an independent Palestinian state based on the current discourse would adequately address the interests of young Palestinians, perhaps separation does not represent a solution after all.
Palestinian Youth: The Next Stage of Resistance
In the face of faltering confidence in the prospects of a two-state solution, Palestinians find themselves once again in a state of limbo, bound by a peace process that has not only failed to award them independence, but has only deepened their suffering and heightened the conflict’s intractability. Time and time again, it has been argued that due to the interlocked physical reality, mutual population penetrations, shared natural resources, rights of refugees, the inherently unjust nature of separation, and the deep spiritual and historical ties to the land shared by Palestinians and Israelis alike, sustainable peace can only be achieved through integration. Even if a two-state solution were to be established, Palestinian independence would exist in name only. Whether it be based on a secular democratic structure, a binational framework, or a creative parallel state apparatus, the only path to genuine, lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis clearly lies in extensive levels of cooperation, a reality of coexistence, and the extensive process of establishing mutual recognition.
Rethinking Middle Eastern Sectarianism
While sectarian violence represents a central driving factor behind violence in the Middle East, the oversimplification of seemingly inevitably differences have only exacerbated conflicts. In actuality, analyzing contemporary context is much more relevant to understanding the current state of Middle Eastern politics than archaic theological disputes. At the end of the day, the violence that we see today is much less about deeply-rooted, irreconcilable theological differences, but rather externally-influenced political power struggles from beginning to end.
The Middle East's Youth: Key to ISIS's Success and Demise
In our haste to combat extremism throughout the Middle East, we repeatedly ignore the very roots of violence. As long as the Middle East's youth are ignored and silenced, our counterterrorism tactics will continue to fail to stem the growth of terrorism, further aggravating the issue by causing destruction and instability, and resulting in a violent game of whack-a-mole.
Senior Honors Thesis
The Two-State Solution: A Future Doomed to Failure
For decades, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has been centered on the theory of separation, with all official parties dedicated to some form of a two-state solution. However, with the various physical and political obstacles that have accumulated to obstruct the realization of a viable, genuinely independent Palestinian state, does the two-state option still represent a feasible and just solution to the conflict? This paper argues that the two-state route never presented a just solution and was actually established on a fallacious conflict paradigm that ignores both the one-state reality that has engulfed Israel and the Palestinian Territories and the central rights of the majority of Palestinians. More importantly, the current drive for Palestinian independence ignores the interests and aspirations of Palestinian youth, who represent the backbone of any future solution. Recognizing the failure of the two-state solution and the incipient one-state reality will be vital in laying the groundwork for a restructured peace process.
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Senior Honors Thesis
The End of the Peace Process: The Next Stage of Resistance for Palestinian Youth
In the face of an increasingly unlikely two-state solution, it is past due to recognize the reality that integration may represent the only path to realizing a lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. This paper argues that hope for coexistence is not all lost, but largely depends on the stamina and will of Palestinian youth faced with a battle for legitimacy and rights. With this in mind, young Palestinians must reframe the overarching conflict paradigm in order to shed light on the asymmetrical relationship between the two parties and revive attempts to change the status quo. Once again, young Palestinians find themselves at a critical juncture as they realize their struggle for self-determination may be better served by abandoning their calls for independence and embarking on a nonviolent civil rights struggle with the goal of equal rights in an integrative political framework.