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The Palestinian Emirates: An 8-State Solution for Peace in the Holy Land?

December 7, 2012

Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Israel’s Bar-Ilan University is an expert on Arab history, literature and demography.  Kedar, like many others, believe that the “two state solution” to peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is doomed to failure.  In its place, he proposes the creation of a virtual “Palestinian Emirates,” a chain of independent Palestinian city-states that would claim sovereignty over the eight major Palestinian population centers.  It is an interesting plan that could at once gain a sovereign future and economic development for the Arabs and genuine long term security for Israel.  Kedar maintains a website promoting his idea, PalestinianEmirates.com, from which the following description is taken:

Successful Arab leadership must be independent, local and firmly rooted with a traditional and homogenous sociological foundation. Israel and the world should recognize and support local leadership in the Arab Palestinian population centers that desire lasting peaceful relations as independent city-states. Because of ongoing corruption and an overt anti-Israel agenda, the leaders of the PLO, PA/Fatah and Hamas have devoted almost a half century in a futile attempt to eliminate Israel and destroy all that her citizens have accomplished.

The eight city-states would comprise the areas of Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Jericho, Tul-Karm, Kalkilya, the Arab part of Hebron and the Gaza strip. Local residents would become citizens of these eight independent countries. Any Arab leadership that attempts to circumvent or dominate the development of these Palestinian Emirates would inhibit a future of security and economic opportunity for the citizens of these eight independent countries

The above excerpt is just a taste; read the whole thing.

 

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