Palestinian discussions regarding One State

Disputes within Fatah reflect three different political narratives among those members who traditionally supported the Two State Solution.
Last week's Economist reported on internal power struggles within Fatah over whether to reconcile with Hamas and negotiations with Israel. These two issues reflect Palestinian re-evaluation as to the best strategy for the Palestinian National Movement.

The Reut Institute has identified three political narratives among those Fatah members who traditionally supported the Two-State Solution:

The Camp of a Comprehensive Treaty with Israel - This group supports negotiations over a one comprehensive agreement that will resolve all outstanding issues between Israel and the Palestinians and would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state. Such an agreement will include finality of claims and signal the end of conflict between the sides.

PA President Abu Mazen is most identified with this agenda.

Palestinian State First - This group focuses on building the capacities of the current Palestinian Authority to prepare the ground for the establishment of a Palestinian state. It thus promotes the upgrading of the PA over negotiations on permanent status.

Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad is most identified with this agenda.

The 'Disillusioned' - This group supports the Two State Solution in theory, but considers the current negotiations to be futile and suspects the Two-State Solution may be no longer viable. It has therefore begun to consider (or threaten) other alternatives such as the One State Solution.

It includes Palestinian academic Ahmad Khalidi.

Reut has recently warned that the One State narrative is increasing among traditionally 'moderate' Palestinians and could ultimately lead to an official inversion towards the paradigm of the Two State Solution. (See: Inversion towards the Occupation; The Trend of Palestinian and Arab Inversion towards the Two State Solution )


The Economist, 6/26/08; full article.

Ahmad Khalidi, The Guardian 12/13/07; full article.

Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post 6/708; full article.