The Ten State Solution: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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In the news, on the street, at international conferences, and in classrooms galore, everyone is talking about the “two state solution” as if it signified the Second Coming. People who have never been to Israel, or to Ramallah, who own no military maps of the region, and who do not know a single Palestinian, all, every last one, monotonously intones this phrase.

President Obama, talked about the eternal, infernal two state solution or about “two states for two peoples.” Even Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza, now says it favors a two-state solution. Prime Minister Netanyahu implicitly but not explicitly supports a “two-state solution.”

I loved how Prime Minister Netanyahu stood up to President Obama when he firmly and clearly declared that the time for illusions—the kind that is always written in Jewish blood—is now officially over.

But why is everyone thinking so “small?” My colleague and friend, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar Ilan University and a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, has a far more realistic and creative suggestion. When I first heard his proposal, I laughed. I thought: “Surely, this is some kind of Jewish joke.”

His suggestion is no joke. In fact, it has some serious support from both Israelis and Palestinians. Of course, things being what they are, no one will go on record supporting this idea, which is based on a sociological and historical analysis of Arab tribes and the consequent concept of Arab tribal city-states.

Dr. Kedar proposes the creation of no less than eight or nine independent and separate Arab city-states within the West Bank, in addition to Gaza. Of course, Israel would comprise the ninth or tenth state. He writes:

“There is no reason to assume that a Palestinian state will not become another failing Arab state, due to the fragmented society in the West Bank and Gaza, tribalism and lack of awareness of nationhood as demonstrated by the failing performance of the Palestinian authority since its establishment in 1994…Social stability is the key for political stability…the only successful model for an Arab state is the one which is based on a single consolidated traditional group such as each of the individual Arab Gulf Emirates.”

This actually makes sense. The Arab Gulf Emirates have been relatively successful because their inhabitants are, with some exceptions, largely homogeneous in terms of tribe, ethnicity, and religion. True, the oil wealth has also provided an incentive for unity. But in general, the Arab Middle East has always been composed of many tribes, religions, sects, and ethnic groups, all at war with each other and with the government. The colonial imposition of a central, western-style nation-state has not served the interests of the indigenous people but rather the interests of dictators and large corporations.

Thus, according to Dr. Kedar, there is essentially one tribe that “governs” (the hearts and minds in) Ramallah, another tribe entirely which does so in Nablus, yet another which presides over Jenin, etc. A small city-state might be able to become productive and join a confederation of similar city-states. After all, size alone does not determine the success or failure of a state. For example, Monaco, Lichtenstein, and Luxembourg are small states with a high quality of life, while Algeria, Libya, and Sudan are large states with poor quality of life. According to Dr. Kedar:

“The towns that will receive independence (from both the Palestinian Authority and Israel) are Hebron (the Arab part), Jericho, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Tul-karem and Qalqilya…Bethlehem will require further consideration.” (In other writings, Dr. Kedar sometimes includes Bethlehem and questions Jericho).

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  • johnnyangel10

    This I think is the possible final "set-up" before worldwide war.It obviously will not go into operation n the very near future,but within 10 years,it is possible.Should this begin to form and the ten state "solution" gets started,I would chance to guess that real trouble won't be far behind! This is quite a prophetic idea.

    • Justme

      re-read it, Israel would be the ninth or tenth state, so not possible that Israel stems from a beast.. unless you would would consider the God of Israel as a beast, which would be a crazy thing to think, of course.

      • ReconRambo

        The Holy Scriptures doesn't exactly exclude Israel from a ten nation union. If you have proof otherwise, please provide it. Thanks.

        • Justme

          Via prophecy, Israel is the one that the nations (a group of nations) are going after.

          • Justme

            Also keep in mind, Israel is 'set apart' from the nations, which is obviously not some random coincidence. God's design will trump that of man, even if man may "try" to change or erase it.

          • ReconRambo

            What you say make be correct to a certain extent, but you have to remember that Israel or ones of the nation of Israel who call themselves Jews, but who really are not, do sign a peace pact with the Beast-666. Now the question is, "Is Israel a member of the pact of ten or are they an outside participate?" You still didn't provide any scripture to back up your statement.

          • Justme

            "Israel"… I will especially point out the Jews who DO live in Israel and are usually referred to as "settlers"..these are not waiting for an anti-christ. Actually, NO REAL JEW is waiting for an anti-christ. And really, why wait for one when there are many 'so-called' anti-christs. This is just another reason why the Jewish people are waiting for the Moshiach. The invented boogey man is not a threat to the Jew, no more than the Holocaust and all other such events of the past were. The world tried to erase the truth and now this game is almost over.

  • Pat McCrann

    It certainly throws a new light on Daniel 7:24. Certainly to some interpretators, the beast of Daniel 7:23 is Islam, and it is from this very beast that the ten kingdoms emerge. Very interesting.

  • g_jochnowitz

    The Arab Gulf Emirates have both Sunni and Shia Muslims as well as immigrant workers. They are not so very stable.

  • Infidel Task Force

    This may sound good in thought and look great on paper but, the bottom line is all Palestine (in fact most muslims) hate Israel. In ten or so years, there would be a huge celebration that the nine "states" are grouping together to call for the ouster of the tenth. And we all know who the tenth state will be.

  • Dwrd

    I love this idea and would be glad to see how (a) it would be "sold" to the "Palestinian" people and what incentives there would be for those putative states and for the current so-called government – Security Council membership? Their own foreign aid accounts with the US? Food Stamps at a reduced rate? (b) how it would be presented to avoid giving reality to the myth of "The Palestinian People.:" Would Hamas be necessarily exempt from statehood? How would that be finessed? Very interesting!

  • sedoanman

    Netanyahu said the time for illusions is over. The only solution acceptable by the Arabs is Israel wiped off the map; they have told us so in plain English. So why engage in these fantasies? Is there a pony in there somewhere? Do we engage in negotiations for their own sake? Are we nuts?

    • RCCA

      I agree. The only solution and the one I wish more people would focus on is a transformational shift in the consciousness of the Arab Palestinians to actually desire a peaceful and prosperous region. Until that happens no solution will change the basic rubric of destroying Israel. If and when that happens

  • LindaRivera

    80% of Jewish Palestine was illegally given to Arab Muslims by the British. The new Arab Muslim nation became Jordan. As Muslims were already given most of Jewish Palestine, why does the US/EU/UK/UN DEMAND that they are given more Jewish land from tiny, vulnerable Israel?

    AND why is the US/EU/UK and other countries' taxpayers forced to finance the PLO/Palestinian Authority/Hamas in Gaza. America is bankrupt.

    Tent cities have sprung up all over America, but instead of helping our desperate, jobless, homeless Americans in tent cities and also planting organic, non gmo fruit and nut trees and berries in the nations' parks to help struggling Americans, millions of dollars instead are spent instead on free money to the PLO/PA who fill their war chests, build mansions and laugh all the way to the bank with FREE infidel American money.

  • Michael

    The problem is resources. A Palestinian state will want water and a seaport.

    I agree with the point that the Palestinians (and the Yemenis, and the Afghanis, and the Somalis, etc) may be too fractured by tribalism to properly form a national government that serves the whole nation. This is why the west has supported strong men in the past.

    Since there has never been a Palestinian state, the only thing that defines Palestinians is their hatred of Israel. They are a people who have been at war since before they existed and they have no peaceful history to remember and no peace time leaders to admire. It'd be nice if they could they find unity in peace with Israel, but public comments by their leaders indicate that to be unlikely.

  • CHARLEY 60

    Fear and hate. Nothing controls man more. The entire ME is controled by madmen using one or the other. What a terrible waste of the time we are granted on earth.

  • sedoanman

    Why not a 58-state solution? Carve a 58th state out of the existing 57 Islamic countries.

  • rbla

    Why not turn the West Bank into an Arab Christian state? Copts, Maronites, Assyrians and other Christians from all over the Muslim world are being massacred, persecuted and driven out from their ancient homelands. Have them resettled within the same region as an ally and protectorate of Israel.

  • dobby

    I prefer the 10 nukes solution