Mahmoud Abbas yesterday said that a two state solution is eroding. Â This is generally assumed to mean that the only option is a single state solution. The problem is that no single state solution has ever been or could be possible. There would be massive bloodshed in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank the moment anyone tries to create a single state. The ensuing war would involve nations from throughout the region joining against the Jews in an attempt to force the Jews from the land. At the same time, the Jews, quite likely along with Bahai and Druze, would fight back, potentially forcing large scale flight of the majority of the Arab population. Hence, a single state solution would not result in a “bi-national democratic state” as described by advocates such as John Mearsheimer, but instead in a state dominated by a single ethnic group after the defeat and flight of the other. No, a single state solution is not the alternative to the two state solution. No one would realistically allow that to occur.
The true alternatives to a two state solution are the following:
- THREE state solution with an independent Gaza opposed by an independent West Bank with Israel in the middle,
- THREE state solution with an independent Â West Bank opposed by an Egyptian controlled Gaza with Israel in the middle,
- THREE state solution with an Egyptian controlled Gaza and a Jordanian controlled West Bank, or
- STATE-SEMI-STATE solution, basically maintaining the status quo indefinitely.
It is time that the Palestinian people realized, as Israelis for the most part have for more than a decade, that a two state solution is the only good solution for either side.