Monday, August 29, 2011

Shared Lands, Two Sovereigns: An Alternative Peace Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Shared Lands, Two Sovereigns:

An Alternative Peace Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Draft by Rabbi Mordechai Martin Goodman)

1)      Any Jew or Palestinian, including Israeli settlers and Palestinian refugees, may move to and live in any city or town in Israel/Palestine.

2)      Israeli and Palestinian government buildings may be built and operated anywhere within Israel/Palestine.

3)      Both Israel and Palestine will write individual and overlapping constitutions.  Jews, Palestinians, and other groups will choose whether they want to be an Israeli national or a Palestinian national.

4)      Whether an Israeli national or a Palestinian national, Israelis and Palestinians will vote together in local elections, and pay local taxes.

5)      All national taxes will be equally shared by Israel and Palestine.

6)      All police forces throughout Israel/Palestine will be comprised of an equal amount of Israelis and Palestinians who will be partnered together from the level of patrol officers to police chiefs.

7)      Israel will maintain its IDF, but will not use the IDF for police action in Israel/Palestine unless called upon by both Israeli and Palestinian police chiefs in a given locale.  The IDF can be used in agriculture and infrastructure maintenance and creation. The agriculture and infrastruture force should be bi-national.

8)      All holy sites throughout Israel/Palestine, including The Temple Mount will be available to all go worship and pray, so long as the desire by anyone doing so is not meant to incite discord.  A bi-national governmental entity equally comprised of Israelis and Palestinians will be established so as to work out scheduling for holy site use with regards to holidays.

9a  Anti-incitement legislation will be passed by both the Israeli national government

      and the Palestinian national government. 

9b) A bi-national governmental entity equally comprised of Israelis and Palestinians

      will be established and given the power to order police forces to arrest those

      guilty of incitement.  Police forces can of course act independently as well.

9c)  Although hate speech, as opposed to threatening speech, will be legal, the bi-

       national governmental entity will also be charged of identifying, denouncing, and

       hopefully dissuading hate speech.


  1. It's an intriguing notion. I would definitely have to suggest that at least 80-90% of the useless irritating check points in the West Bank must be dismantled, and there needs to be a discussion about infrastructure - roads, bridges, etc. Because currently there's Israeli roads and Palestinian roads and only one sort is well maintained.

    Also there's going to need to be thoughts forwarded on pedagogy, although I think the hate speech clause is a great initial thought.

    Not bad for a first stab, watch the right wingers despise this. Vehemently...

  2. I wonder about the practicalities but I love the vision. As we need justice for there to be peace, and with the prospects for other formulas not that great, we should be thinking outside the square.

  3. Dear Rabbi,

    Fantastic positive vision - genius in its simplicity - constructive in every way.

    This is a good base to work from.

    Ik zeg: doen! :)

    Sincerely yours,

    Wesley Felida

  4. I appreciate your novel idea- however it aint gonna work. Y ou cannot have a bi-national government- look at Lebanon- because when the balance changes you have a civil war.

  5. Dear Rabi Goodman:
    I find your proposals interesting and compassionate.I have to reflect more before endorsing it but i applaud your attempt at a peaceful solution, which is what i would wish for the area as well.
    I have to immediate concerns, the first is that the proposal will not work because both sides have too many people who talk peace with their mouths but their hearts are full of hate. But i feel proposals i have come up with are easily as naive as yours and i am more ignorant of the subject than you are.
    The second is that i have recently read that many orthodox Jews are opposed to a Jewish state because it is against the teachings of the Torah.if this is true perhaps the best solution would be to dissolve the state of Israel.
    I am aware that this is a naive proposition as well.
    I feel that for long term peace in the region several things are needed...
    1) those of us of other nations should press our governments to only assist with mediators and reconciliation programs. No support of military action for either side.
    2) Israeli people should press their government to give more land back to Palestine. There should be UN troops there to make sure the transfer is smooth.
    3)Muslims worldwide should be pressed not to support terrorism in any form.
    4)Jerusalem should be given neutral status and be run as a sacred heritage site.
    I am aware that these proposals are very naive as well. i cannot imagine either of our proposals being taken seriously, but i dont think that should stop us from trying.Someday i hope to become as optimistic as you seem to be. Shalom Rabbi, much respect, love and light, sincerely Rene Cyr