Monday, July 08, 2013

Considering Confederation

Prof. Oren Yiftachel of Ben-Gurion University considers the confederation idea (here, too) and defines it so:

The confederation framework would be based on the following core principles:

Establishing a joint body (possibly called “the Palestine-Israel Union”) based on parity to which the two states would allocate policy and legal responsibilities to manage joint issues, such as natural resources, economic arrangements, defense, and immigration

Granting Israelis and Palestinians full membership in “the Union” beyond full citizenship in their respective states

Establishing a united “capital region” in Jerusalem/al-Quds as an autonomous region managed by equal representation of Palestinian, Israel, and international elements

Maintaining an open border between the two entities for trade, employment, and tourism (but not for residence)

Offering Jewish settlers the option of remaining under Palestinian sovereignty while holding Israeli citizenship

Opening the possibility of Palestinian refugees to resettle in Israel as Palestinian citizens, possibly in numbers proportional to the numbers of Jewish settlers in Palestine

Ensuring the Palestinian citizens in Israel proportional share of the state resources and fair representation in its public institutions

Compensating the owners of all property confiscated as part of the conflict

Just substitute Jordan for Palestine and one has stability, sustainability and security.


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