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Biden & UN must rethink two Arab States in former Palestine

By David Singer - posted Thursday, 4 July 2024

Security Council Resolution 2735 adopted on 10 June calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel War -has included a call for the creation of a new Arab State between Israel and Jordan – the two successor States to the 1922 League of Nations Mandate for Palestine and currently sovereign rulers in 94% of former Palestine:

  • Jordan in the 76.9% of Palestine located entirely east of the Jordan River since 1946 and
  • Israel in 17.1% of Palestine located west of the Jordan River since 1948.

Creating a second Arab state in the remaining 6% of former Palestine west of the Jordan River - where sovereignty remains unallocated – was drafted and driven in Resolution 2735 by President Biden in the following terms:

The Security Council reiterates its unwavering commitment to the vision of the two-State solution where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace within secure and recognised borders, consistent with international law and relevant UN resolutions, and in this regard stresses the importance of unifying the Gaza Strip with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority.

It is an invented mantra devoid of any foundation.

Unification of the Gaza Strip with the West Bank to create a second Arab state in Palestine – in addition to Jordan - was furthest from the minds of the drafters of the Mandate for Palestine in 1922 when articles 6 and 25 of the Mandate document included these two areas of the Mandate in the area set aside for Jewish self-determination and the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home.

When the League of Nations was dissolved in 1945 these provisions of the Mandate were expressly preserved in favour of the Jewish people under Article 80 of the newly-created United Nations Charter and continue to be so.

Article 80 was flagrantly violated when the Obama-Biden administration instructed America's Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powell, to abstain on, rather than veto, Security Council resolution 2334, leading to its adoption on 23 December 2016 at the very time Obama and Biden were vacating the White House to make way for a triumphant Donald Trump.


The Obama-Biden administrations own well-intentioned, but failed, efforts between 2011 and 2017 to end 100-years of unresolved conflict between Arabs and Jews, had ended in complete failure after Obama had announced his own solution on 19 May 2011:

The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.

This solution like those of Obama's predecessors - Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton – had all remained unfulfilled when their time to vacate the White House arrived.

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The author has a Facebook page: "Hashemite Kingdom of Palestine supporters"

Author's note: The cartoon - commissioned exclusively for this article - is by Yaakov Kirschen aka "Dry Bones"- one of Israel's foremost political and social commentators - whose cartoons have graced the columns of Israeli and international media publications for decades.


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David Singer is an Australian Lawyer, a Foundation Member of the International Analyst Network and Convenor of Jordan is Palestine International - an organisation calling for sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza to be allocated between Israel and Jordan as the two successor States to the Mandate for Palestine. Previous articles written by him can be found at

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