Two State Solution for the Palestine-Israel Conflict

Israel Palestine Map
Israel-Palestine Map
It seem Israel and Palestine conflict will never get resolved. Thousands of innocent people have been killed on both the sides in last 6 - 7 decades. Israel is militarily far superior and has backing of most of the western nations, especially the USA. Palestine lacks superior military hardware and it's economy is very weak. Palestine is supported by the Arab countries but merely in words [and that too always politically correct due to fear of the western powers]. The modern state of Israel came to existence on 18 May 1948. It is an artificial creation of winning powers of the world war 2, especially the United Kingdom. The genocide of the Jews by the Nazi Germany was one of the most horrendous crime. Before the creation of the State of Israel the Jews were a stateless nation. They were discriminated in all the countries. The Jews needed a permanent home of their own. The land of Israel is claimed to be their historical home. That's why a large number of the Jews wanted to settle in the land of Israel [Palestine]. But the Palestinian people call it an illegal state. They say Israel has no right to exist on Palestinian land. According to them the Zionists have occupied their land.

The winning powers of the world war 2 wanted to keep the West Asia under their control perpetual control. The defeated and divided the Ottoman empire in the first world war. Most of the countries of this region are an artificial creation of the Allies. The Holy Land, Petroleum, Suez Canal, Strategic location of these countries at the centre of the world, desire to control the Muslim world, etc are the main reasons for their interest in this region. Israel is their key to this region, a foothold from where they can keep whole of of West Asia under their dominance. And Palestine is the symbolic protest of the Arab countries against the continued hold of the western powers. Some may call it the clash of the civilizations, some may call it petro-politics, same may call it geo-politics, but it is only a mindless stubbornness in which innocent including children, hapless women, old and destitute are being  killed. People on both the sides want to live in peace but due to the  politicians and foreign powers they are living a life of fear. Rockets and bombs are destroying schools, hospitals, homes on both the sides. There is a continuous cycle of attack and counter attack, allegations and counter-allegations. 

The innocent people are paying the price for the stubbornness of their political masters. Both the countries have a right to exist. The Zionist state could have been set up in the empty land of Canada, Falklands, Australia, Siberia etc. But since majority of the Zionist people wanted to settle in their Holy  Land and most of them had already arrived there, the state of Israel was created  here only. But the total size of the land is very small, making it very difficult to defend. Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab countries. Between 1945-1995 about 74000 military personnel and 18000 civilians have lost their life in Arab-Israel conflict. Their is complete deadlock. Occasionally their are talks of resolving the issue through peaceful means but due to deep rooted mistrusted such talks soon break down. 

It is in the interest of both the nations to accept each other's right to exist. What has already happened cannot be undo. Neither Britain and America [or any other western power] is a well-wisher of the Israeli people nor the fellow Arab countries are genuinely interested in the welfare of the Palestinian  people. If it would have not been so then the western powers would have had granted land for the Zionist people in a conflict free area as mentioned above. It is true that the Arab countries have supported the Palestinian resistance movement but they had their own national interest behind such actions [read war]. The USA has given continued support to the Zionist state but not because it wants so but because of the powerful Zionist lobby. 

Israel Palestine Peace- Two state solution
Israel-Palestine Peace
There are two possible solutions. Two state or a secular federal state. The Zionist state and the Palestinian state can co-exist. There should be two separate states, each honoring other's right to exist. However at present the Palestinian state is divided in enclaves. Israel has very little land. Creating two states in such a tiny piece of land is nonviable. So their is an option of a secular federal democratic republic where both the communities will have equal share of power. However this one is quite difficult to achieve as both of them have different socio-religious beliefs and differing opinions on many matters. It will be very difficult to run such a country. There will be continuous mistrust on both the sides. 

If the two state solution is implemented then it has to be guaranteed by both the states they will honor each other's sovereignty and will not let their respective land to be used against the other. Major regional powers like Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the USA, the UK,the EU,Russia, China,India, etc should also be involved in this process. Israel-Palestine peace is important for peace in the West Asia. It is necessary for upholding human rights of innocent people. It is important for world peace. Two state solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict seems to be the best possible solution. But it requires genuine interest and will power of the both sides to make it a possible and a success.

How to Prepare for UPSC Prelims in One Week

How to revise the syllabus for the civil services examination  in one week? The prelims is on 24th August. Barely a week is left now. You are reading this article probably because you feel that your preparation is not sufficient for qualifying the prelims. You should ask yourself honestly whether you have given sufficient time and effort for preparations or not. If the answer is 'no' then I would just advise you to not waste this attempt. 

However, if you feel that you have studied a lot and you feel that your preparation is sufficient for crossing the cut off marks then you can use the advise given below for getting ticket to the mains exam:

The first and foremost thing is that you should not read any new thing. Just revise what you have already read and reread. Focus on hardcore sections/topics of Indian Polity, Environment & Biodiversity, basics of Geography, Basics of Economics and Indian Economy, important events from the national movement, topics from history like Indus Valley Civilization, Buddhism, Jainism, Sufism etc. Also read about the current affairs of at least 7 to 8 months [up to mid July 2014].

In paper II, revise the formula and tricks for maths and reasoning section. Practice as many sets as possible. Practice in an exam like scenario. Test your speed and improve it. Read again and again the same things. Read more of less. Eliminate less useful study materials from you routine. Time is running out very fast. Only a few dozen hours are left. So reading about trivial things and wasting time on useless things will cost you dearly. Clear your concepts and practice. In one week's time you will feel better prepared for fighting the prelims test.

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ForumIAS is a very useful online discussion forum for civil services aspirants. Many successful candidates have used that forum. It can be used for gaining knowledge, sharing information, asking questions, answer writing practice, group study or other related purposes.

However, one should avoid in gossip making or spreading rumours. Except a few annoying members, it seems most of the members are sincere and hardworking. If you are preparing for the civil services examination, I would advise you to visit and sign up @ ForumIAS. Use it wisely and you will get a lot of returns for you decision. Anyways, it is much better than useless time-pass @ Facebook.