A single state would be an artificial entity, which would not be lasting and would end in a bloodbath. Everything, or almost everything, separates these two peoples: history, religion, culture and language. Each of these peoples aspires to self-determination. After long decades of fighting, it is impossible to imagine that either side would accept a single state, when other national entities, who have infinitely more in common – Czechs and Slovaks, or Serbs and Croats – have rejected such a solution. Furthermore, socio-economic disparities between the two populations are so significant that a one state solution would see the Arab population permanently relegated to an inferior status, creating an explosive situation. A one state solution is an illusion that would probably lead to a confrontation that would never end.

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