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February 10th, 2009
10:31 AM ET

One region, two states

Shimon Peres
For The Washington Post

There is no shortage of opinions when it comes to Middle East affairs, and the recent events in Gaza have not muted them. A minority of Middle East pundits have recently emerged as advocates for a one-state solution, which would undermine Israel's legitimacy and internationally recognized right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state in the land of my forefathers. Having personally witnessed the remarkable progress we have made with the Palestinian Authority in recent years, I believe that a two-state solution is not only the best resolution to this age-old conflict but one within our reach.

The one-state solution has enough intrinsic flaws to render it no solution at all. From Israel's perspective, it is not possible for the Jewish people to accept an arrangement that signifies the end of the existence of a Jewish state. From the Palestinians' perspective, they should not be denied the opportunity to take their national destiny into their own hands.

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Filed under: Crisis in Gaza • Global 360° • Israel • Middle East
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  1. sean brizendine

    anderson unfortunately hamas is more concerned about gaining attention to they're cause through terror and violence at the total cost of all current generations ability to experience what it is like to live in peace and prosperity.
    "sean in santa rosa"

    February 10, 2009 at 11:32 am |