Palestine and Israel: Shared Future or Perpetual Conflict?

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, Chief Representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States, visited FIU for a presentation about current Palestinian and Israeli relations and the Palestinian desire for a “just and comprehensive peace with Israel.” This presentation was sponsored by the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series.

According to Areikat, the Palestinian people genuinely desire to live side by side, in peace and security, with Israel. The ambassador brought up the point of a historic compromise, which refers to a Palestinian narrative that adopts the Two-State Solution based on the partition of the Palestinian Mandate. This narrative focuses primarily on the understanding that the existence of the State of Israel is a “fait accompli,” something that has already been accomplished.

Palestine recognizes that Israel has the right to live in peace and security within its borders. Nevertheless, Areikat believes that the only way that this could happen is by brokering a resolution to the conflict—one that will take the views, interests, and concerns of both parties into account.

“It is interesting to notice that, today, more and more on both sides believe that the only solution to this conflict is for the two states, Palestine and Israel, to live in peace and security,” said Areikat. “We are ready for that.”

To view the entire footage of this event, please click here.