A Palestinian man inspects the rubble of a house after it was demolished by the Israeli army as it did not have an Israeli-issued construction permit, in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 2017.
Mussa Qawasama / REUTERS

Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election, tensions between Israel and Palestine have risen over new illegal settlements, the possible opening of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, and the declining outlook for the two-state solution. For its part, the Israeli right is overjoyed at the idea of an uncritical U.S. administration potentially willing to allow Israel to fully annex Jerusalem. Taking advantage of the current climate, the Israeli Knesset even passed a bill legalizing West Bank outposts considered illegal under international law. The Palestinian leadership, meanwhile, has threatened to withdraw the recognition of Israel put forward by the Palestine Liberation Organization and to dissolve the Palestinian Authority (PA). Further, ongoing unity talks between Hamas and Fatah seem to be productive. Thus, it stands to reason that if the West Bank and Gaza are once again united under a single leadership, the collapse of the two-state solution would

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  • DANA EL KURD is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.
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