On May 15, Israelis celebrate the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. On the same day, Palestinians commemorate An-Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe); the total destructions of Palestinian society and establishing the state of Israel on its ruins.
Is there a way to reconcile the differences between the Palestinians and Israelis? It does not seem reasonable to think that such reconciliation is possible. This conflict will continue as long as there will be Israelis and Palestinians alive. While there might be temporary winners and losers at certain junctures, as a result of an achievement here or an accomplishment there, the truth remains that the only FINAL settlement for the conflict resides in the acceptance of both parties (Israelis and Palestinians) that they share their destiny. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has one real solution: The transformation of the so-called state of Israel and the so-called Palestinian Territories into one democratic bi-national state for all Palestinians and all Israelis rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Justice, equality, and respect by all for all or continuing conflict in perpetuity.
All other attempts at resolving this conflict are temporary, including the possible (and many say impossible) establishment of two states.
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