There will be no independent, sovereign Palestine

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: International Relations, Topic: Global Issues, Issue: Israel-Gaza conflict

Context- Ongoing conflict in Gaza and the possibility of two-state solution.

  • Two state solution is an idea of a sovereign Palestinian state, ‘living side by side with Israel’.

Factors responsible for this are:

  • The October 7 attack on Israel has made Hamas more popular in the West Bank than it ever was.
  • In even a reasonably open election, Hamas is sure to emerge as the party with a majority.
  • Only if Hamas is totally and effectively eradicated would Israelis be willing to consider the possibility of a Palestinian state.
  • Eradication of Hamas seems an impossibility so the idea of a two state solution is also an impossibility.
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