Event: Where now for a two-state solution?

Left Foot Forward is hosting a discussion about Israel, Palestine and the prospects for a two state solution at this year's Labour Party conference in Manchester.

Tuesday 17:30, Labour Party Conference, Manchester – LabourList Marquee (secure zone)

The issue of Israel and Palestine is rarely out of the news. Behind the stories of human tragedy, however, there exists a solvable land dispute. Traditionally this has meant progressives working towards a two state solution. But is this still a realistic goal?

In light of recent events, where now for the two state solution? Speakers will be asked to talk for seven minutes each before the debate is opened up to the floor.

Left Foot Forward with BICOM. Chaired by Left Foot Forward’s James Bloodworth with:

Richard Burden MP – Omer Bar Lev, Member of the Israeli Knesset  – Melanie Ward, Labour PPC – Dermot Kehoe, BICOM

The event will take place at the LabourList Marquee inside the secure zone, just outside the conference centre.

Labour List Marqeej

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Wheelchair access: Yes
Drinks: Yes

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16 Responses to “Event: Where now for a two-state solution?”

  1. Gary Scott

    I genuinely believe that the good will to negotiate does not exist within Israel. We may feel that their leaders attitudes are over the top but the truth is that they are moderate when compared with the Israeli public’s opinion. The IRA sought peace when the USSR and Libya stopped funding and supplying them. This is something USA and UK must seriously consider if they want peace in the region.

  2. swat

    One State of Palestine, with Arab and Jew living together side by side can be the only solution. That means ‘Israel’ wil have to go.

  3. Selohesra

    How about one state of Israel, with Arab and Jew living together etc etc

  4. Matthew Blott

    And how comfortable would you be if you were Jewish living in a country where a majority of the population were Muslims, surrounded by Sunni Arab states?

  5. Just Visiting

    > I genuinely believe that the good will to negotiate does not exist within Israel.

    That is your belief, or your interpretation of the situation.

    Whereas on the Hamas side: they have written down their position: No one needs to guess.
    They have put it in writing: they are committed to the destruction of Israel.

    Which means a two-party solution is not what they want.
    So seems like it won’t stand a chance – until Hamas disappear, or change their tune.

    What are the odds on that, do you ‘believe’ Gary ?

  6. Guest

    Rather than going after the Hamas funding, you label Israel terrorists.

    Yes, they need to consider if they want peace, or if they hold your views.

  7. Guest

    And the Jews will go, under your plan. No surprise there.

  8. SOMARA556

    Jews aren’t willing to live as second class citizens in an Arab country so tough luck.

  9. Guest

    Oh yes, the terrorists will love having access to Jews. You’re all for free movement in this case.

  10. Gary Scott

    Hamas kill people, so does Israel. Hama’s is funded, so is Israel. Hama’s is funded by Iran and others, Israel is funded by USA and UK. We need to address our OWN government on IT’S culpability. I don’t have a vote in Iran but I have one here, I can use my vote and my voice HERE. I don’t excuse murder over property, I don’t excuse HAMAS. I am sure you don’t excuse Israel. NB, regardless of opinion, both HAMAS and Israels government are democratically elected governments. Neither are terrorists in the accepted sense. In Israel public opinion is not just behind recent actions, but thinks they have not gone far ENOUGH. This would be confirmation that Israel is not going to be any negotiations. Please note that I am in favour of peace and civilians not being murdered. I am not a blind supporter of Israel. Or HAMAS.

  11. Gary Scott

    I think you have a basic misunderstanding about both the balance of power and the nature of HAMAS position within Palestine. The power is with Israel, with size, money, funding, weaponry and even its own public’s opinion. HAMAS does not have universal support for its actions within its own state the way the Israeli government does, although recent Israeli actions increase the Palestinian publics desire for hard line action in the manner HAMAS pursue. Here in the UK we can do something about Israel’s funding but not about HAMAS. Until negotiations prove to have ANY meaningful impact on improving the lives of ordinary Palestinian people they will continue to support military actions which, although weak, give them some hope rather than none. In truth HAMAS are not either a serious government or military force but their actions allow Israel to carry out these ‘actions’ which are so disproportionate.

  12. Dave Roberts

    Your understanding of the Irish situation is as lacking as that of the Israeli. The IRA had an intelligent and pragmatic leadership. They were able to see that Unionists could not be forced into a united Ireland against their will and that The Republic would never accept a a hostile population anyway.

    Both sides eventually had leadership that was able to negotiate and that led to the Good Friday agreement which has, by and large, held. Your comments about the supply of arms show your complete ignorance of the situation. Most firearms were American M16s bought openly or otherwise in the USA and the explosives were largely home made “kitchen mix”. The amounts of materiel surrendered showed that the IRA could have continued the struggle indefinitely.

    In 1948 the newly announced state of Israel accepted the borders as set out by the United Nations. All of the Arab nations and the Palestinians rejected them, declared war with the stated intention of “Driving the Jews into the sea” and invaded. In the ensuing debacle, Israelis are good soldiers, Arabs aren’t, that’s just the way it is, Israel greatly expanded its area. That was the fault of the Arab nations and the totally unelected Palestinian leadership.

    I have the greatest sympathy for the ordinary Palestinian people who have been used as bargaining counters by being kept in camps for sixty and more years when a fraction of the money that has been wasted could have resettled them. All of the land that the Jewish people occupied in 1948 had been bought from Arab and Turkish owners. Everything else was lost as a result of Arab intransigence and incompetence.

  13. swat

    The Arab Palestinians couldn’t run a whelk stall, so will need the Jews to organise and run the country anyway. The Jews will provide the brains and the Arabs the brawn in a One State Palestine. I guess that answers your question.
    They will work together.

  14. Dave Roberts

    Actually while I am strongly pro Israeli I disagree. The Palestinians I have come across are highly entrepeneurial. They are great adapters and a glance at the tunnels and smuggling will confirm that.

    What they cannot do is to break out of the mindset that one day they will drive the Jews into the sea and return to everything pre not just 1948 but pre any Jews at all in the region. Something like the Ottoman Empire in the mid nineteenth century.

    The leadership, which lives in luxury in various Arab and western capitals, uses them as cannon fodder and their conditions as guilt material for western liberals.

  15. Leon Wolfeson

    It’s their politicians and militants who won’t abandon their goals, as you say. The “mindset” is not one of the normal people.

  16. Guest

    Ah yes, Jews will die and Palestinians will live. Together!

    Works for you!

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