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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks to Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump during their meeting in New York, September 25, 2016. Kobi Gideon/Government Press Office (GPO)/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Tal Aviv – Since the U.S. President Donald Trump’s famous statement on the two-state solution or the one-state solution, several political figures in the Israeli right and left wings have been suggesting new solutions as alternatives to the familiar two-state solution – five projects have been discussed.

Trump’s saying “I am looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” had drawn a deadlock, according to those who presented alternative solutions – especially that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is avoiding decisiveness in this topic due to his concerns over the right-wing.

Knesset former leader Abraham Borg aims at reaching a state where citizens receive equal rights or two states where various nationals can act independently. According to him, Israel and Palestine should hold negotiations on federalism in a fair and pressures-free way.

There is a second proposal made by Israel’s Mossad senior officer Amounail Shahef to divide Israel into thirty cantons’ federal. “This grants Israel, for the first time, the legality to reach a solution in the struggle with the Palestinians… The key of this solution is to provide regional independent rule in each strip,” he said.

“The two-states and one nation”, is the third suggestion made by a group of Israeli and Palestinian figures. They propose establishing a confederation between Israel and Palestine based on 1967 border.

A former member of Knesset suggested imposing full sovereignty on Palestinian territory and treating Palestinians as residents but with no political rights to elect for the Knesset. However, another current member suggested adopting a self-ruling program, earlier mentioned by former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.