The Proclamation of a Palestinian State: Threat or Opportunity for Israel?
Israel Debates is released as online publication of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Israel. Each edition presents opinions of two authors who express controversial views about major events of Israeli interior or foreign politics. The present publication of Israel Debates presents the Israeli domestic discussion on the Proclamation of a Palestinian State: Threat or Opportunity for Israel?
Dr. Zvi Bar’el, Middle East correspondent of the daily Ha’aretz, views the Palestinian initiative to have their own state not only as a chance for the Palestinians but also as an opportunity for Israel to finally determine its borders and define its identity.
Dr. Yoaz Hendel of the Bar-Ilan University, who in August this year was appointed Director of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Media and Information office, believes that it is the proclamation of a Palestinian state that is likely to trigger a third Intifada. In his opinion, the proclamation of a state isn’t worth a penny because it wouldn’t contribute to solving any of the issues.