5.20.06

On Our Own: Unilateralism in Israeli Policy-Making

(John Davis, MALD) From the perspective of Israeli foreign policy-makers, the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s long-term existence, particularly due to demographic trends in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

John Davis

Unilateralism in Vogue

From the perspective of Israeli foreign policy-makers, the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s long-term existence, particularly due to demographic trends in Israel and the Palestinian territories. In order to preserve Israel as a stable democratic state with a Jewish majority, Israel must separate from the Palestinians. However, Israeli decision-makers do not believe that they have a Palestinian partner with whom to negotiate a permanent status agreement. Therefore, a new stream of political philosophy has emerged in Israeli decision-making vis-à-vis the Palestinians characterized by unilateral policies designed to implement a two-state solution in a manner acceptable for Israel. This unilaterally executed separate coexistence philosophy has been exhibited in the ongoing construction of the security barrier between the West Bank and Israel proper which would give Israel 15 percent or so of the West Bank and is in all likelihood an attempt to mark out a political border as well as a security barrier, the particular through Israel’s unilateral Disengagement from Gaza concluded in September 2005.

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