22 December 2017
Washington’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has refocused attention on the long-running dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, who see the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state.
The two-state solution is favoured by most UN member states, international bodies around the world and people in Israel and the West Bank/Gaza Strip.
At the same time, the Israeli government demands recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and guarantees for its security.
The gap between the two positions is huge. In the circumstances, no quick resolution of the dispute is imminent. Singapore must manage its relations with both Israel and Palestine patiently and skilfully.
…Ong Keng Yong is executive deputy chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, and Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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Last updated on 26/12/2017