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Unformatted text preview: 149 P OLICY E SSAY Colin P. Clarke Division by Addition Why a Three-State Solution Is Better than Two As the curtain lifts on the latest installment of the Middle Easts version of a Greek tragedy, it seems that weve seen this act before. Hamas and Fatah continue to struggle for power, occasionally engaging in skirmishes in the West Bank and jockeying for position and influence on the Palestinian people. Indeed, on the surface, most of the components to this all too familiar play remain static. In Gaza, the setting is the same. The characters are largely similar, except in this act Iran has taken on a more nefarious role, most likely to deflect attention from its ongoing nuclear program and recent election turmoil. The plot will likely follow previous formats. Israeli politicians will com- pete for the position of most hawkish against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while Hamas leaders defiantly proclaim a divine victory in a bold attempt to become the undisputed powerbroker of Palestinian do- mestic politics. Still, the greatest opportunity for change is the possibility to introduce a new dialogue. By placing the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the heart of his Cairo speech, President Obama has acknowledged that resolving this issue is one of the lynchpins of stability in the Middle East. Yet, a terrorist organization is governing Gaza while Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank, making chances of a peace deal in the near future highly unlikely. To be sure, many of the arguments for resolving this seemingly intrac- table conflict are well-worn and hackneyed. To achieve progress, President Obama would be wise to look beyond the once heralded two-state solution and begin wrestling with a more controversial but more logical three-state Colin P. Clarke is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Pittsburghs Graduate School of Public and International Affairs where he is pursuing a doctorate in Foreign Policy and International Security. The opinions expressed in this article are purely his own, and do not reflect the views of the University of Pittsburgh or any other institution. 150 solution to the Middle Easts woes a solution borne from the violence...
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