Palestine and Israel: The Final Step Towards Peace
This paper examines the final status negotiations between Palestine and Israel under the Oslo peace agreement.
This paper debates the book “Compromising Palestine: A Guide to the Final Status Negotiations” by Aharon Klieman and examines the options of both nations, Palestine and Israel. This paper illustrates the major issues of the ongoing conflict and the fundamental problems of territories, religious sites, and refugees.
“Kleiman wrote that partition was a necessary evil while Mearsheimer suggests that in no way will the Palestine people ever agree to a partition on the terms that are being offered. The paradox of partition continues even after 50 years and it becomes a race to see which side will win the race. Is partition necessary as Kleiman suggests or is Mearsheimer correct when he claims that the 50 year old history between the two nations will not allow the concept of partition being accepted. In order to understand the dynamics we must under take a analysis of the history of the two nations. While analyzing the concept of partition Kleiman studied the history of the Palestine – Israel conflict. He realized that fifty years ago the Palestinians, and the Arabs, rejected resolution 181 calling for the establishment of two independent states in Palestine. The resolution also made Jerusalem a city under international administration and marked its borders. While the Arabs rejected the offer, the Jews accepted it. Thirty-three countries, including the then Soviet Union and the United States, voted for the resolution while 13 voted against and 10 abstained.”