Qurei calls for reconsidering one-state solution (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 03/17/12)
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Former Palestinian Authority prime minister Ahmed Qurei, who was one
of the architects of the Oslo Accords, Saturday called on
Palestinians to consider a one-state solution for Palestinians and
Israelis instead of a two-state solution.
Voicing frustration and disappointment with the peace process, Qurei,
who played a major role in secret and public negotiations with Israel
over the past two decades, said that the "one-state solution, despite
the endless problems it embraces, is one of the solutions that we
should be contemplating through an internal dialogue."
He said that the Palestinians should be talking publicly about the
one-state solution, putting it on the table as an option and throwing
in the face of Israel as "burning embers."
Qurei´s call for a one-state solution came in an article he published
Saturday in the pan-Arab London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper.
Qurei said that the two-state solution, which was first endorsed by
the Palestine National Council [the PLO´s parliament-in-exile] in
1988, has lost its momentum.
Qurei blamed Israel for "burying" the two-state solution by building
settlements and creating new facts on the ground in the West Bank and
He said that the two-state solution was relevant "before Israeli
bulldozers buried this project."
Qurei likened efforts to achieve a two-state solution to "plowing the
sea and a long political comedy."
Israel, he charged, has managed to "decapitate" the two state
solution through its actions and measures in Jerusalem and the West
Qurei accused the US and Western countries of failing to fulfill
their promises to help the Palestinians achieve statehood. He also
blamed the Arab world for being preoccupied with other matters
instead of focusing on the Palestinian issue.
Some Palestinians and political factions have begun talking seriously
about the one-state solution, Qurei added.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has come out against the one-state
solution, emphasizing over and again that the two-state solution
remains the first and last option for the Palestinians.
Qurei´s call for a one-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians
came shortly after large posters promoting the idea appeared on
billboards in various parts of the West Bank.
It was not clear who was behind the posters favoring a one-state
solution. However, Fatah activists were quick to remove the posters.
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