Ban Ki-moon: US should back a new approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

This is not a dispute between equals that can be resolved through bilateral negotiations

The writer is a former secretary-general of the UN and deputy chair of The Elders

It is time to acknowledge that the longstanding approach taken to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict by the international community has failed and a new one is required.

The recent eruption of violence, not only in Gaza and Jerusalem but also between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel, showed why this enduring conflict cannot be ignored and illustrated the need for fresh thinking.

With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that the 1993 Oslo Accords no longer offer a viable pathway towards self-determination for the Palestinians, and have failed to deliver peace and security in Israel or Palestine. Instead, Israel has pursued a policy of incremental de facto annexation in the territories it has occupied since 1967, to the point where the prospect of a two-state solution has all but vanished.

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