Living here separate and together
Two nations live here in this land, and both want to live peacefully and safely. Solutions entailing separation have failed in the past, and will fail in the future. Cooperation, however, succeeds. There is a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and it is right here in front of us. Do you choose to “live by your sword”? Or can you put your fears aside?
The system of government in both Israel and Palestine will be democratic. Citizens of both states will enjoy equal rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Borders will be set between the two states, but they will be open. Israelis will be allowed to live in Palestine as Israeli citizens and Palestinian residents. Palestinians will be allowed to live in Israel as Palestinian citizens and Israeli residents
Two states should be established in this region between the Jordan and the sea – two independent, sovereign states, within the June 1967 borders, in full control of their territories, without one people occupying or controlling the other
This land, between the sea and the Jordan River, is one geographical and historical unit, which both people consider their homeland. You can draw borders in it, but you cannot put up walls. Instead of dividing it, both nations should share it
Past wrongs, from 1948 to present, will be amended, but without creating new wrongs. A joint mechanism will be established to ensure the restitution of property lost or confiscated as the result of the conflict or compensation
Jerusalem will remain one city open to all – Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Muslims and Christians. It will be the capital of both states, under shared sovereignty and it will be administered under a joint municipal council
The two states will share institutions of a confederate nature, to decide on joint matters. The two states will decide on the powers granted to these institutions and the issues to be managed by each state individually.
The two states will be committed to the security of their citizens and to the security of the other state. Each state will have independent security forces, which will cooperate closely and jointly protect the external borders of the shared land
WHO WE ARE
The Two States, One Homeland initiative was born out of a series of meetings started by Israeli journalist Meron Rapoport and Palestinian activist Awni Al-Mashni. Meron Rapoport, born in Tel Aviv, worked in Yedioth Aharonoth, Haaretz and in the Israeli Educational Television, and writes for different media channels in Israel and abroad. Awni al-Mashni, born in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, is a Fatah political activist, graduate of the Bethlehem University and columnist in the Palestinian press.
These meetings were joined by a line of Israeli and Palestinian activists who formulated our Statement of Principles over the course of many meetings.
We consider ourselves one shared movement, divided into two separate branches – one Israeli and one Palestinian – both jointly and severally.
At present, the movement is growing fast and already numbers thousands of members. The Two States, One Homeland concept has already been established as an integral part of any discussion on the options for ending the conflict.
A designer, researcher, educator and activist based in Tel Aviv. His work often involves mapping and way-finding through physical, digital and political landscapes. Mushon is a senior faculty member at Shenkar College and an alumni of Eyebeam – art and technology center in New York.
Israeli CEO of A Land for All. Jurist and feminist activist.
Head of Israel in the Middle East at the Van Leer Institute, and Co-Founder and Academic Director of the Forum for Regional Thinking. He teaches in the Political Science department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Co-founder (2021) of Nisan, Center for research and conceptual design of a shared Jewish-Palestinian society in Israel, with Ameer Fakhoury, at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute. Formally CEO of Hand in Hand-network of bilingual schools; and Co-CEO of Sikkuy-Aufok, advocacy for equality in Israel. Author of the book SHARING THE PROMISED LAND.
Director of Operations at A Land for All. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Middle East Studies and a master’s in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Miriam is a peace activist, whose professional career is in peace-building, including work at the Peres Center for Peace, the Adam institute, Beit Issie Shapiro, and Encounter Programs. Miriam lives in Modi’in, is married and has two young daughters.
39 years old and lives in Jaffa. Her partner’s name is Shabtay and she is mother of Carmel. She is a communications and strategy consultant. Reut also manages campaigns for organizations, political campaigns, and social struggles.
A media, campaign, and strategy consultant as well as a social and political activist. He is the founder of the Democratic Bloc and former director of Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Ran is married and has one daughter.
The founding CEO of Zazim – Community Action. She has been active in various organizations, initiatives, and positions in civil society for over 20 years. Raluca is on the Audit Committee of A Land for All.
A lecturer in political science at Palestinian universities as well as a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Israeli and Jewish Identity in Jerusalem. She is also a fellow in the Forum for Regional Thinking. She is originally from Peki’in and currently lives in Ramallah.
A geopolitical guide and researcher of Arab-Jewish relations in Israel. Eran specializes in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, conflicts in holy places, and religious nationalism. Dr. Tzidkiyahu has many years of experience working in the field with local and international civil society organizations as a project manager, consultant, researcher, and tour guide.
Born in Jerusalem and lives in Tel Aviv. He is an Israeli human rights lawyer. For more than two decades he has been representing Israeli human rights and peace organizations, Palestinian communities and Israeli and Palestinian activists. Sfard is the author of several books and his opinion pieces are published frequently in Israeli and International press.
42 years old, married to Nelly, father to 3 kids, and lives in Beer Sheva. He is a psychotherapist and has been a group facilitator for the past decade. He specializes in local communities, bi-national dialogue, and resident leadership. He believes wholeheartedly in living together in the Negev, and throughout the country. He is an optimist, a loving person, and likes to practice Tai Chi.
A public opinion expert and political advisor for electoral and social campaigns in Israel and around the world. Over the last 22 years, she has conducted public opinion research and advised on eight election campaigns in Israel and in 15 other countries. She is a policy fellow at Century International, a NY-based think tank, she writes a regular column in Haaretz (English) and she is a global affairs analyst on a BBC television program.
Social entrepreneur and unity enthusiast. He is one of the founders and a former chairman of Dialog Together. He is the initiator and chairman of the Jerusalem Intercultural Center. He is also one of the founders of the Shared Society Forum and the Pro-Jerusalem Council. He strives to create connections between the united parts of Jerusalem, the Judean Desert, and Israel.
A founding member of the movement. He teaches political and legal geography at Ben-Gurion University. His latest book is “Power and Land: From Ethnocracy to Creeping Apartheid” (Resling). Yiftachel is active in civil society, and served as chairman of the B’Tselem organization. He is also the Bedouin Council planner for Unrecognized Villages.
Co-Founder of A Land for All and Content Director for the Israeli branch. Meron is a journalist, translator and political activist. He was awarded the Napoli Press Award for an investigation into the theft of olive trees during the construction of the separation barrier.
Is originally from Jerusalem and currently lives in Jaffa with her two children, Romi and Adam. Yael has been a social and political activist for many years. She is a lawyer and a sociologist who researches and teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Harvard University. She is the President of Mahapach-Taghir movement. Her books discuss bureaucracy, emergencies, occupation, and citizenship as well as how bureaucracy prevents political change.
Co-Founder of A Land for All and Content Director of the Palestinian branch. He is a Palestinian political activist and analyst, with a master’s degree in regional studies and Israeli studies. He spent 12 years in Israeli prisons.
Founding member of the movement. Kibbutz Kfar Etzion member, poet and editor. Social worker by training and social activist in different fields.
An expert in political geography and a graduate of the University of Arizona. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ben Gurion University in Geology and Mineralogy and a master’s degree in Geography from the University of Iowa. He is the co-CEO of The Avraham Funds Initiatives and an external lecturer at Ben Gurion University. His diverse specialization includes Arab society in Israel, specifically Bedouin society in the South. He researches local government in Israel, land planning, and majority-minority relations in Israel and internationally.
A woman, partner, mother, and grandmother. Talila is a clinical psychologist and much more, with 47 years of experience in individual and group therapy, academic teaching, and development and distribution of art therapy in the country. She also established and manages Lesley College in Israel. She is co-initiator and active in Galilee for All/ The Greenhouse for Coexistence in the Western Galilee. Talila is a longtime member of A Land for All.
Lives in Tel Aviv and is the mother of Adam, Aviv, and Omer. She is a social activist and has a PHD in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.
Mediator and facilitator of judicial proceedings. She manages the Parents Against Child Detention group, is a member of the Tel Aviv City Council, and is active in the field of human rights. She is the former Secretary of Peace Now (2000-2003) and the former Director of the Counseling Center for Women (2003-2011).
Has a degree in law and is a political and cultural sociologist who specializes in the study of Palestinian politics in Israel, Palestinian-Jewish relations in Israel, and shared society in Israel. He is Co-Director of the two thinking and writing groups Nationalism and Partnership and Peace-Based Partnership at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. He is also the Co-Director of the Nissan Project together with Shuli Dichter.
Researches peace processes and is a research fellow at the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew University. Limor teaches transitional justice and human rights. She is also a co-facilitator of the Thinking Group at the Van Leer Institute that examines ways to advance peace, based on partnership in Israel-Palestine. She is one of the founding members of A Land for All.
A social and political activist who lives in Tel Aviv. He is an information security researcher and holds a master’s degree in sociology from Tel Aviv University.
Avi was born and raised in a religious-right-wing family in Ashkelon. He currently lives in Sderot and is a father of two. He holds a master’s degree in organizational sociology. He is one of the founders of the Peripheries Movement and received the Human Rights Award of the New Israel Foundation in the United Kingdom. He is the author of the book Periphery Rebellion. He is also a rabbinical student at the Hartman Institute. Currently, he serves as CEO of Rabbis for Human Rights.
15 REASONS WHY “2 STATES – 1 HOMELAND”
IS THE BEST SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT
The solution acknowledges the historical, religious and cultural link of both people to all of this land
It provides each people with a sovereign state
Jerusalem, as one city, that is the capital of both states, best serves both people
The solution is fair, respectful and just to the Palestinian’s Right of Return and is therefore critical to every stable agreement with the Palestinians and the entire Arab and Muslim world
The prevention of forced and mass evacuation of settlers will prevent a rift in Israeli society
The Palestinian minority in Israel promises that its people will live in peace with its state while at the same time enjoying their rights as a minority within Israel
Our solution connects people both from the Right and the Left
Our solution has a strong Palestinian partner who has broad support from his public
Freedom of movement in all parts of the country allows both peoples to enjoy it and the connect to it
Both sides are jointly responsible, through joint mechanisms, for security throughout the country
The solution conforms to the international agreements, from the Partition Plan to the present day
The solution better reflects the reality that already exists on the ground and does not require dramatic measures such as the evacuation of settlements and citizens, the division of Jerusalem or the renunciation of the Right of Return
We can start implementing our solution immediately
The solution offers the two peoples partnership in profits rather than losses, and therefore is more stable
The solution is based on morality, justice and equality
GOOD ANSWERS TO TOUGH QUESTIONS