'We want peace and coexistence between the two peoples'

MKs discuss alternatives to two-state solution to allow both peoples to remain in land.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

MKs Glick and Smotrich
MKs Glick and Smotrich
spokesperson

A special conference was held in the Knesset Tuesday under the leadership of MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), who presented the alternatives to the two-state solution of MKs from the national camp.

The alternative policies were presented by MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), MK Yoav Kish (Likud), MK Bezalel Smotrich (National Union), MK Yehuda Gluck (Likud), and Former MK Moshe Feiglin.

The conference opened with a reading of Psalms for the recovery of MK Glick's wife, who is in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

Glick, who led the conference, said at the start of the discussion: "For years, all the interviewees in the media have said, 'Everyone knows that there will obviously be a Palestinian state,' and when someone dared to say otherwise, they attacked him and told him, 'What is the alternative?' We all know there are alternatives to [this] solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have not solutions that include the expulsion of populations - neither from the right side nor from the left side. Here we will hear serious positions by people from all over the spectrum who believe that the option of establishing a Palestinian state will endanger the State of Israel."

MK Michael Oren presented the solution to the conflict of the Kulanu party. "We must adopt a Middle Eastern approach to the Middle East conflict. The one who bases his solution on two states for two peoples has a 100% chance of failure. Palestinian President Abbas is an unelected leader who does not even rule the West Bank. No Palestinian will recognize the existence of the Jewish people. However, there is a good chance that efforts to preserve the existing status quo - the reality of two states - will succeed. The vast majority of Palestinians do not come into contact with Israelis and enjoy extensive autonomy. At the same time, there is considerable economic cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. We must strengthen the 'two-state solution' by fostering economic development, building infrastructure and building institutions among the Palestinians, together with strengthening security cooperation between them and Israel.

"While maintaining a political horizon that may eventually lead to a two-state solution, we must adopt a Middle East approach to the Middle East conflict. Instead of formal agreements between legitimate leaders, we must seek informal understandings among stakeholders. Such an approach will retain Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, [as well as] the unity of Jerusalem, and we would receive the implicit support of the moderate Arab states," Oren added.

"Arab states in the region would open up to us economically and politically if we create reality in which there is an open, more stable and prosperous reality with the Palestinians," he said.

MK Glick presented his plan based on the application of Israeli law over Judea and Samaria, the granting of citizenship to the Arab residents there, and the establishment of a single state with regional rule throughout Israel and with a central federal government: "Expulsion as a way to achieve a political settlement is the opposite of peace. Peace by definition is a situation in which the two populations live together in harmony and peace! Separation distinguishes and increases hatred, because it isolates the Palestinians and cuts them off from employment opportunities and their relatives living in Israel. Separation is the opposite of good neighborly relations. Separation is immoral and separation is not peace."

Glick added, "There are currently 27 federal states in the world. Most of these countries are modern and developed, and some of them are among the richest and most developed countries in the world, such as Switzerland, the United States, Australia, Germany, Canada, Belgium, etc. Some of these countries have suffered in the past from severe and violent conflicts between the peoples and ethnic groups living in them, which the federal regime has solved and allowed them to enter an era of stability, prosperity and growth. I believe that this will also happen in one [united] Israel."

MK Yoav Kish (Likud) presented the "autonomy plan": "The purpose of my plan is first of all to completely remove the proposal for the establishment of a Palestinian state. This is a colossal disaster for the State of Israel, and the State of Israel must do everything in its power to prevent it. On the other hand, there are those who are advancing a proposal for a bi-national state that will lead to the end of the Zionist dream and the destruction of Israel as a democratic Jewish state. "

"My ambition is to apply sovereignty over a maximum area with a minimum number of Arabs in Judea and Samaria, and no Arab or Jewish citizen will be evacuated from his home," he said, adding that "A regional autonomy would be established for the Arabs that would enable the continuity of transportation and the development of economic peace. I believe that at this time, this plan is the only relevant one that will preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state if implemented. The plan preserves Israel's security while granting autonomy to the Arabs in Judea and Samaria, which allows them maximum independence and a good standard of living. The autonomy plan is not a perfect solution, but there is no perfect solution. This plan is the only one at this time that can be an independent Israeli initiative that will also win American support."

MK Betzalel Smotrich said, "I want to achieve peace and coexistence between the two peoples. I'm not content with less than that. The basis for the plan is the understanding that there are two contradictory national aspirations in Israel that can not be settled by artificial division of the territory. An artificial division of the area between the sea and the Jordan will preserve an Arab national aspiration that contradicts the Jewish one and perpetuates another 100 years of bloody conflict."

"The basis for the proposal lies in the resolution of the conflict. It is a resolution which means the cutting off of the Arab hope for the realization of national aspirations in the Land of Israel," he added.

He said that "the Arabs of Judea and Samaria who are prepared to give up their national aspirations and to live here as private individuals will be offered the establishment of regional municipal administrations, with their residents having the right to self-election. These administrations will establish ties with themselves and with the State of Israel and will enjoy most of the democratic rights of freedom of expression. If there are those who do not accept Israeli sovereignty and choose to leave, they will receive financial support and assistance for emigration."

Moshe Feglin, the chairman of the Zehut party, presented his plan 'One State for One People - True peace.' The plan featured three points.

1. Repeal the Oslo Accords, remove all terrorist organizations from Judea and Samaria, and remove any sovereign symbols that are not Israeli.

2. Application of full sovereignty over all areas of Judea and Samaria.

3. Arab residents of Judea and Samaria would receive 3 choices, including voluntary emigration - economic assistance will be given to those who choose to immigrate, permanent residency status for those who wish to remain, or a track to citizenship in the Jewish state.








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