On September 30th, the United Nations raised the Palestinian flag at the organization’s headquarters for the first time in New York City. As stated in his speech at the Palestinian Flag-Raising Ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon claims that “now is the time to restore confidence by both Israelis and Palestinians for a peaceful settlement and, at last, the realization of two states for two people.” While Ban Ki-moon is correct in the ideology that a two-state solution, if executed properly, would be an exemplary compromise, it is just not realistic as there are too many uncertain factors that could lead to more violence in the future.
Although a two state solution is widely supported by a variety of people and organizations such as Barack Obama, Riyad al Malik, Foreign Affairs Minister for the Palestinian National Authority, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, a long history of disagreement between Israelis and Palestinians proves this to be a difficult endeavor. A two-state solution, much like communism, sounds nice in theory but may not be feasible in practice, partially due to Palestinian unwillingness to compromise and partially due to the UN’s apparent inability to remain unbiased.
While The United Nations claims to seek peace and equality between the two nations, the UN has proven in the past to appease the Palestinians rather than offer a fair and just solution. For example, during the 2006-2007 61st Session of the General Assembly, the general assembly completely ignored Sudan’s genocide in Darfur but condemned Israel 22 times for practices meant to protect Israeli citizens from various Palestinian attacks. Overall, more than 11,000 rockets have been fired into Israel since 2005 and Israel has been the target of a combined total of over 15,200 rockets and mortars since 2001.
When the lines were initially drawn on the map, most of Israel was intended to belong to the Palestinians. In 1947, after Britain had already tried and failed multiple times to put forth a two-state solution, Britain handed Palestine to the United Nations to allocate the land because they could not handle the riots and the growing bloodshed that had commenced after the Arabs turned down the solution that granted them 4/5 of the land and Zionists only 1/5; Palestinians were unwilling to compromise and violently protested the proposal. Soon after, the United Nations enacted a final partition plan. Again, the Jews were not only granted significantly less land than the Arabs, but exclusively deserts and mountains. Notwithstanding, they accepted the terms of the United Nations, willing to make concessions in order to acquire an independent state. The Arabs did not like the idea of being subjected to new laws under a new government that did not properly represent their people with new Hebrew town names, street names, and landmark names. Rather, angry at the prospect of living under Jewish rule, the vast majority of Palestinians who lived in Israeli territory opted to leave rather than submit to the Jews. Before long, so many Arabs had left the land that would soon become Israel that, while they had previously been the majority, they now made up only 23% of the population.
Less than 24 hours after Israel was established as a state, Israel was attacked by the armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The Arabs were greater in number and had proper military equipment while the Zionists, supporters of Israel, were outnumbered, lacked the proper weapons to fight back, and a significant portion of those that fought for Israel were sickly recent Holocaust survivors; nobody counted on the desperation of the Israeli people and their superior military organization to allow them to prevail in the face of the overwhelming odds. When Israel won that first battle, they took 40% more of the land than what they had initially been granted by the UN. The Jews felt as if they deserved this land, as they had not initially been granted enough land for the Holocaust survivors that poured into the state, but the Arabs were positively livid. They had not tolerated the initial Zionist taking of Palestinian land, much less additional land that they believed was rightfully Palestinian soil. To this day, Palestinians continue to hold claim to the land and fight for their right to an independent state.
At the flag-raising ceremony, the Secretary-General remarked that the raising of the flag “symbolizes the longstanding commitment of the United Nations to support Palestinian aspirations.” Throughout history, his remark has proven to be correct. This is not the statement of a man who supports two equal, peaceful states; this is the statement of a man who works for an organization with a history of unjust anti-Zionist actions and endorses the founding of a country that would seek to destroy what remains of Israel until one of the two countries no longer exists. If Palestine is to be made a state, the violence will not cease, but the civil war in Israel will become an international war. When the United Nations raised the Palestinian flag at their headquarters, they did not promote peace, but rather they formally declared a side in the war whereas in the past UN displays of Palestinian allegiance have been informal.