Mr. President, There Can Be No ‘Two-State Solution’

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From the Biblical Period (ca. 1350 BCE to 586 BCE) to the British Mandate (1918 – 1948), the land named vengefully by the Romans after the ancient Philistines was controlled only by non-Palestinian elements.  A continuous chain of Jewish possession of the land was legally recognized after World War I. At the San Remo Peace Conference in April 1920, a binding treaty was signed in which Great Britain was given mandatory authority over “Palestine.” This authority was based on the expectation that Britain would prepare the area to become the “national home for the Jewish People.” Previously, since 1516, the Ottoman Turks had ruled the area cruelly, as an undesirable provincial backwater.

Palestine, according to the Treaty, comprised territories encompassing what are now the states of Jordan and Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza.  Present day Israel, Mr. President, comprises only twenty-two percent of Palestine as defined and ratified at the San Remo Peace Conference.

In 1922, Great Britain, unilaterally and without any lawful authority, split off seventy-eight percent of the lands promised to the Jews, all of Palestine east of the Jordan River, and gave it to Abdullah, the non-Palestinian son of the Sharif of Mecca. Eastern Palestine now took the name “Transjordan,” which it retained until April 1949, when it was renamed “Jordan.”  From the moment of its creation, Transjordan was closed to all Jewish migration and settlement, a clear betrayal of the British promise in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and a patent contravention of its Mandatory obligations under international law.

On July 20, 1951, a Palestinian Arab assassinated King Abdullah in reprisal for the latter’s hostility to Palestinian aspirations and concerns. Regarding these aspirations, Jordan’s “moderate” King Hussein, nineteen years later, during September 1970, murdered thousands of defenseless Palestinians under his jurisdiction.

In 1947, several years prior to Abdullah’s killing, the newly formed United Nations, rather than designate the entire land west of the Jordan River as the long-promised Jewish national homeland, enacted a second partition. Ironically, because this second fission again gave complete advantage to Arab interests, Jewish leaders reluctantly accepted the painful and unjust division. The Arab states did not.  On May 15, 1948, exactly twenty-four hours after the State of Israel came into existence, Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League, declared to a tiny new country founded upon the still-glowing ashes of the Holocaust:  “This will be a war of extermination, and a momentous massacre.”

This declaration has been at the very heart of all subsequent Arab/Islamist (now including Iranian) orientations toward Israel, including those of the “moderate” and U.S.-supported Fatah. Even by the strict legal standards of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Arab actions and attitudes toward the microscopic Jewish state in their midst have remained authentically genocidal. Jurisprudentially, what they have in mind for Israel is formally called crimes against humanity.

In 1967, the Jewish State, as a result of its unexpected military victory over Arab aggressor states, gained unintended control over West Bank and Gaza. Although the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war is codified in the UN Charter, there still existed no authoritative sovereign to whom the Territories could possibly be “returned.”  Israel could hardly have been expected to transfer them back to Jordan and Egypt, which had exercised unauthorized and terribly harsh control since the Arab-initiated “war of extermination” in 1948-49.  Moreover, the idea of Palestinian “self-determination” had only just begun to emerge after the Six Day War; it had not even been included in UN Security Council Resolution 242, which was adopted on November 22, 1967.

The Arab states convened a summit in Khartoum in August 1967, concluding: “No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it[.]” The Palestine Liberation Organization had been formed three years earlier, in 1964, before there were any “Israeli Occupied Territories.”

Mr. President, your proposed two-state solution derives from an historical misunderstanding of Israel and “Palestine.” Even if Prime Minister Netanyahu were to agree to a complete cessation of all so-called “settlement” activity, no quid pro quo of any kind would be forthcoming from any quarter of the Arab/Islamic world. On the contrary, for Israel, any two-state solution would conclusively codify another Final Solution.

Louis René Beres (Ph.D., Princeton, 1971) is the author of many books and articles dealing with military affairs and international law. His columns appear regularly in several major U.S., European and Israeli newspapers and magazines.

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  • hugolawrence

    Well written and spot on. It continues to defy reason that the west still believes that Hamas and Fatah are sincerely interested in a two state solution, recognizing Israels right to exist. The charters of Hamas and Fatah explicitly state otherwise. Conclusion? The west does indeed know and is aware of the Hamas/Fatah agenda and yet still is pushing for a two state solution. Why the west would do that, in the face of all contradictory evidence is an even more frightening question.

    • Asher

      The Two-State solution is all smoke and mirrors. This is about squeezing Israel out of the Land, and Israel has already complied with many treaties and tried to make peace, its time for the Palestinians to committ to peace and acknowledge the State of Israel and her right to exist….Obama has been on the Pro-Palestinian mission from day 1 of his Presidency.

    • gordon

      Where to begin? It's really amazing that some inbred retarded hick in the swamps of Louisiana thinks they know the charter of a country thousands of miles away. Enjoy Israel while you can, because it is coming down, and coming down fast!!!!!

  • Michael Elmore

    What people have forgotten, in this world of political correctness, is that sometime to the victors goes the spoils. Oh, but we can't have that because there might be hurt feelings. elmore

  • ellio falcone

    Why bother ??? Everybody on the political fields has learnt that even after killing millions of people, you have only to appologize even if it is sixty years later and get away with it (It took the Vatican even 2000 years, and still was applaused by even Jewish leaders)

    So we can have it both ways: look correct, and if G. forbids Israel is destroyed, we can always say…Oups

  • geez

    Israel will be the last nation standing when the music really stops.

  • LindaRivera

    Deceitfully called the Arab Israeli conflict, it's global jihad against Israel and the Free World. The nations are on the side of global jihad against victim Israel. A two-state solution will result in the Final Solution, as Mr. Beres states. Every decent person on earth should fight against this with all their might. Not one inch of Jewish Holy Land to barbaric enemies bent on Jewish genocide!

    Long Live Israel! Long live America! Long live the Free World!

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Well said!


    You are not dealing with the Palatineian State,but Hamas Jihad. No two states can exists

    Iran is supplying Hmas Jihad-Read the history of Israel- The want to destroy Israel

    President Obams must stop supplying thePaltineian State
    Richard Ahern-Vice President
    Read Ezekiel 38 and 39

  • IamJoseph

    Serial two states in the same land = genocide. Its a question of math, not politics:


  • Monty Lasovsky

    Let the Arab states make the positive gesture to end the conflict by opening their own doors
    to their Arab brethren and let the "Law of Return" apply to all the "Palestinians" being absorbed by all the Arab nations by choice of the Arab "Palestinians" as to which Arab country they would prefer. Then all that would be required is a peace treaty with the Arabs- which is never going to happen. At least Israel's borders would finally be defined and defensible!.

    • Crazyhorse

      How come Jordan won't take them..Lebanon?,,,Are these people the Amonites spoken of in the Bible….Did russia help create these Palastenians in 1948-49…If so why…Any one have an idea..Could all this lead to WW-3…Why is the whole world bothered by little Israel so much….Is it because there is a sucess story in the region,as far as Civ.goes..

    • Gordon

      So I guess Americans should open up their own doors and allow all the Native Americans to reclaim their stolen land right? Wow, didn't think so bigot!

  • voted against carter

    ' TAQIYYA '
    Do your own research about it if you don't know what this means.

    Islam IS EVIL. PERIOD.

    Islam strives for world domination.

    The Quran commands Muslims to exercise jihad.

    The Quran commands Muslims to establish shariah law.

    The Quran commands Muslims to impose Islam on the entire world.

    Islam is NOT a religion, it IS a totalitarian ideology.

    Islam wants to dominate all aspects of life, from the cradle to the grave.

    Shariah law is a law that controls every detail of life in a Islamic society.

    From civic- and family law to criminal law.

    It determines how one should eat, dress and even use the toilet.

    Oppression of women is good, drinking alcohol is bad.

    The core of the Quran is the call to jihad.

    Jihad means a lot of things and is Arabic for battle.

    Islam means submission, there cannot be any mistake about its goal.

    Islam and freedom, Islam and democracy are not compatible.

    They are opposite values.

    Mohamed's "wife" was six years old.

    That makes Mohamed a PEDOPHILE!!!

    And you want to base a "Religion" on this a z z -holes rantings?

    Are you INSANE?

  • voted against carter

    If you are Jewish,… Obama and the DemocRATS want you DEAD.

    Just like his ARAB buddies do.

    They want you DEAD. The SOONER the BETTER.

    Barry just said so in his speech.

    What part of that do you NOT understand.

    Oh, and FYI,, to all you LEFTY JEWS,.. the KEY part of your name is JEWS.

    Barry and his ARAB buddies WANT YOU DEAD TOO.

    You are a USEFUL idiots to them.

    WAKE UP. Before it IS to LATE. again.

    • gordon

      I guess that's just why obama is pandering to the Jewish community for his re-election. What a joke you unintelligent, bigoted, inbred morons are!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama the Islamist in Chief has no intention of a two State solution, he only
    wants and Islamist State, covering what will have been Israel, which will be
    erased from history and any land the surrounding Muslim States will allow to
    be included. Obama is completely false in what he says, what he does is
    subversive and abhorent. Obama bows to the Saudi King, Obama bows to
    himself, a true son of Moloch. The inch by inch and yard by yard destruction
    of Israel continues until the day there is not enough left to put up a successful
    defense and then the milliles will rain down and the murdering hordes of
    evil will bring their screaming beards and death robes to the orgy of killing
    Jews, God forbid. Let the Spirit of Jonathan be raised up in Israel and a
    return of David in Israeli thinking………………………..William

  • Marylou

    Don't waste your breath trying to reason with this communist operative. And PLEASE stop calling him "Mr. President."