The Leavenworth Way of War

History Discussion at CGSC

A Solution to a Complex Problem?

The partition plan for Palestine in 1947 (to be executed in 1948) was very complex and involved extensive surveys, population census, land distribution analysis, and negotiation between dozens of parties.  (Click here for a detailed an relatively unbiased description of the process)   The rejection of the plan by the Arab states neighboring Palestine resulted in Civil War, and then the 1948 war between the Arab states and declared state of Israel.  Was the plan completely inoperatable from the begining?  If it was… was a one state solution viable given the lack of a powerful Palestinian political identity, the violence in the region since 1938, and the lack of international commitment to a peace-keeping force?  Was there any one factor, that being changed, that could have saved the plan and prevented the 1948 Palestine War?  If the current Peace Process, at its heart being the two-state solution, is an attempt to implement the 1947 plan with an update to the changed demographics –does this validate the wisdom of the 1947 plan?

May 11, 2009 - Posted by | A652 | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I don’t think that the two state plan is a viable option. Since the nations of the region and many within the Palestinian ranks don’t recognize the right of Israel to exist, it is difficult to see any room for compromise. There have been attempts to administer a two state solution that have failed spectacularly in recent years. I realize that the controversy over the creation of Israel and the debate over whether it should have happened at all does take place, but the debate is irrelevant since it has already taken place. I don’t know what the solution is, nor do any of our political leaders apparently, but for any lasting peace, something must be done to give rights to the Palestinian people in Israel.

    Comment by Wayne Wilson | April 2, 2009

  2. The two state plan is not a realistic option in dealing with Israel. Primarily, the Palestinian and Israeli people would have to be able to first agree on what land is ours and what land is yours and then be able to enforce the agreement upon the people. Demographics alone is not enough to be able to adequately determine who rightfully should be able to inhabit the various regions within Israel and would only cause more strife and conflict in the region. I’m not sure that there is an easy solution to this complex problem but certainly future generations will judge the possible two state solution on its success or failure.

    Comment by MAJ Brady Gallagher | April 3, 2009

  3. 3.The two state plan is the only way to have peace in the region and this will be in compliance with the United Nation resolutions which give the Palestinians the right to have their own state on their own land. The Arab states have agreed on having the minimum of what they used to ask for since the establishment of Israel on the Palestine land by the British Kingdom. The two state solution will bring peace and stop the suffering of Palestinians people.

    Comment by LTC Abdullah Alsomad | May 7, 2009

  4. The two state plan is the only possible solution to the current situation. Unfortunately, the changes over the last 60 years dramatically complicate implementation of the plan. In 1948, demographics may have worked as the primary determiner of where each state would be located. However, after sixty years of fighting and immigration the boundaries have skewed significantly and added complexities to the situation that will require significant compromise on both sides to bring about a resolution. Additionally each side will have to commit to living side by side before any plan for peace could be implemented.

    Comment by MAJ Scott Cockrell | May 16, 2009

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