Palestinianhas urged Israel to accept a two-state solution based on 1967 borders. He also warned Israel that the window of opportunity to peace in the region may close if the country does not respond to the proposal forthwith. The changing political landscape in the region and Arab uprising in different Middle Eastern countries may damage the peace process proposed by Palestinian president. Abbas rolled out solution of the decades old conflict while speaking at a World Economic Forum conference in Istanbul.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also supported call of the Palestinian president and said the international community should help resolve the decades old dispute between both the states.and Israel had had dialogue for a number of times to find out a possible way to resolve the conflict but unfortunately it could not owing to certain reasons. Israel blames Palestine for failure of talks and vice versa. The fact of the matter is that both sides are not willing to move an inch back from their stated stances.
In January this year, the dialogue between both the states was made possible by the Quartet – the United States, Russia, the European Union and United Nations – and King of Jordan King Abdullah II. King Abdullah is considered to be an influential figure in the Arab world and it is heartening he has been taking interest in getting the conflict resolved between both the countries. The international community has also been pressing both the countries to have dialogue and try to find solutions to their longstanding issues.
Israel and Palestine have virtually been at loggerheads with each other since 1967 when they fought first war. Palestine and some other Arab countries as well believe Israel has encroached on their land and its existence in the region is illegitimate. During the six days 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem – a holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Israel has been using violence and force against Palestinian to keep its control over the occupied area.
Israel has built settlements in the East Jerusalem and West Bank that are termed illegal by Palestinian authorities. The settlements are a bone of contention between the both states and a stumbling block in the way of peace. Though exact numbers about Israeli settlements are not available but a safe estimate suggests that Israel has built more than 300,000 illegal settlements in the West Bank while East Jerusalem houses around 200,000 illegal settlers.
Both the countries need to set up problem solving commissions separately and mandate them to devise a viable strategy to resolve the conflicting issues. The commissions should come up in their final reports with one by one solution to each point and then negotiators of both the countries need to sit together and finalize a strategy to resolve the issues one by one.