Israeli-Palestinian conflict: is one homeland the solution?

As support for a two-state solution to their conflict declines among Israelis and Palestinians, a different approach to finding a peaceful settlement is being proposed.

Called “Two States – One Homeland”, the group, led by Israeli journalist Meron Rapoport and Palestinian politician Awni Almashni, is advocating the creation of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation.

They say that their plan, now picking up public and official backing, can solve the difficult issues – Israeli settlements, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and the fate of Jerusalem – that have scuttled past negotiations.

The “clinical death” of the Oslo Peace process, inaugurated by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1993, and increasing violence “bring fertile ground for new ideas,” said Mr Rapoport, a veteran journalist based in Tel Aviv.

The new proposal can succeed because “it reflects reality and the deep desires of both sides”, he says.

Read the whole story from 2016 on BBC News.