Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: The 2/1 Solution
Hypothesis: Peace may be found by creating two states (Israel/Palestine) where citizens of either nation have the legal right to own property and live in either nation.
The Israeli/Palestinian issue – where both parties claim right to the same territory – may be resolved by creating a Palestinian nation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while providing that citizens of Israel and Palestine have the right to own property and live in either nation. The provisions are:
- The type and amount of property people from one nation may own in the other nation is determined by percentage of total territory: Each nation will place a value (from most to least desirable) on the property within their nation. Both nations must agree to the accuracy of the valuation. There will be no more than five levels of land valuation. Modifications will be made until each nation has the same percentage of land at the same valuation, including access to water and mineral rights.
- When a citizen of one nation desires to purchase a specific percentage of land at a specific valuation, people from the other nation have the right to own the same percentage of land of the same valuation in the other nation. The land must be available at the time of purchase or within a specified time frame. Neither nation may deem any property off limits to ownership by people of the other nation. Land may be traded instead of purchased.
- The percentage of land currently occupied in a manner as to constitute ownership will be counted as purchased land; an equivalent percentage of land will be made available for purchase or trade, even if that percentage is above five percent, unless the land becomes unoccupied at the time of the treaty.
- A freeze in land purchase will occur if people of one nation have purchased five percent of property of a specific valuation that has not been compensated by citizens of the other nation purchasing an equivalent percentage of equivalently valued land in the other nation. If land is sold that reduces ownership to less than five percent, citizens who have purchased land of a similar valuation in the other nation retain their rights to the land, but additional land purchase is frozen until equivalency is attained. More than five percent of a specific valuation of land may be purchased if both nations agree.
- Property taxes are paid to the nation that the territory is within.
- Citizens of either nation may lease or rent property in either nation; leased and rented property must have valuation calculated the same way that owned property is calculated and will be made available in the same manner as owned property.
- Crimes are subject to the laws of the nation in which they are committed (or there will be a joint solution).
- Citizens of one nation living and owning territory in the other nation remain citizens of their own nation. Local electorates must consider the rights of citizens of the other nation who purchase and occupy land in the other nation.
The 2/1 Solution allows for:
- The right of return of Palestinians to Palestine or Israel, and continued right of immigration of Jews to Israel or Palestine; the legal settlement of Israelis in Palestinian territory; the legal right of Palestinians to settle in Israeli territory, including Jerusalem.
- Democratic voting rights that aren’t subject to changing demographics within a nation.
- The ancestral right to live in either territory.
- Mixed citizenry to reduce acts against people living in a territory.
The original article (history removed) included the following: Jerusalem will be a shared, International city considering its significance to three religions. Territory for each state will be defined by the original UN resolution of 1947. Either side has the right to say they live in neither Israel nor Palestine, but have instead have an IP address.