Ya'alon: Long-term Solution Needed

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt.-General (ret.) Moshe Ya'alon said a look back at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shows there are no short-term solutions.

According to Ya'alon, the concept of a two-state solution that began with the 1993 Oslo Accords needs a complete overhaul.

The former chief of staff laid out the issues that must be addressed before the establishment of a Palestinian state -- issues that take time to resolve.

Fundamental reforms in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) educational system, economy, security, law and order, and government infrastructure must be in place before a state is established.

Ya'alon, who now serves as a senior fellow at the Shalem Center's Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies, said the Arab world's refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state colors all other issues.

He reiterated his call for revamping the Palestinian educational system so future generations of Arab children celebrate life, not death.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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