By Baruch Gordon
In a New York Times 2014 article, son of the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is quoted saying he opposes the Two-State solution, favoring instead a one-state solution with Israel in which Palestinians have equality and rights.
In the article, Tareq Abbas, a Ramallah businessman says that the reason he has ditched the idea of a Two-State solution is because Israeli construction in the West Bank has made it no longer viable. Speaking to PA President, he says, “Oh, my father, where is your state? I wander everywhere and I see [Israeli settlement] blocks everywhere, I see houses everywhere.”
The NYTimes article says that Tareq Abbas, the son, “is part of a swelling cadre of prominent Palestinians advocating instead the creation of a single state stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea in which Jews and Arabs would all be citizens with equal rights.”
The New York Times further quotes a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, in which, according to Khalil Shikaki, the center’s director, about a third of all Palestinians expressed interest in the one-state alternative, but that its backing among those under 45 is more solid.
“Just ask my son,” Mr. Shikaki, 60, wrote in an email. “He will tell you that my generation has failed and should exit the stage and take its mainstream paradigm, the two-state solution, along with it.