IMRA Weekly Commentary..
8 February '17..
For two sovereign state solution advocates its pretty much a foundation of their faith - that somewhere out there is an ironclad, rock solid, watertight security arrangement just waiting to be finalized.
But I have checked with top Israeli International law experts. Including former senior diplomats who themselves base the programs they pitch on the hypothesis that such a security arrangement exists.
They all concede that a sovereign Palestinian state would CONTINUE to be a sovereign state even if it openly declared that it was cancelling whatever security arrangements it agreed to in order to come into existence.
The independence of Palestinian sovereignty from compliance is not some obscure irrelevant fact.
It undermines the very foundation of the two sovereign state solution program.
And with a new president in the White House who has yet to embrace the "two sovereign state solution" faith, its time to talk about what can and should be done given that two sovereign states is anything but a solution.
Maximum equality = maximum annexation
Full Israeli citizenship for every resident within annexed areas for full and equal rights.
As for areas not annexed: maximum autonomy combined with maximum access to Israel. With the exception of individuals identified as security risks everyone in the autonomy can visit Israel, engage in commerce (as both employees and entrepreneurs) in Israel and reach the rest of the world via Israel's airports and seaports. Containers bound for the autonomy can travel "in bond" by rail from Ashdod or Haifa port to a Palestinian autonomy terminal - much as containers bound for Toronto may move "in bond" through New York.
To be clear: there is a lot that needs to be worked out.
There is most definitely a place for think tanks, diplomats, politicians and others to contribute to hammering out the details.
Details of a program that doesn't rely on the false premise that somewhere out there is an ironclad, rock solid, watertight security arrangement for a sovereign Palestinian state just waiting to be finalized.
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