As things stand currently, the Israeli government faces several downsides in a two-state solution and has therefore discouraged this from happening, writes Nathan Thrall of the Guardian. He infers that Israel strongly benefits from the military control and influence it currently exercises over the area. During past negotiation attempts, its government consistently made a minimal effort towards a two-state solution, suggests Thrall. He proposes harsher consequences for Israel’s inaction by the US and Europe in order to encourage the country to embrace a peaceful solution with Palestine.
Palestinian leaders have shown themselves to be opposed to working towards a peaceful outcome with Israel, claims Ben Shapiro of the Daily Wire. He believes that the Palestinian government’s link to Hamas and other extremist groups fuels its antagonism towards Israel that is rooted in anti-Semitism. Several talks that John Kerry brokered fell apart because Palestinians refused all deals they were offered. Shapiro asserts that Palestinian leaders have refused to recognize Israel as a country, while half of their people don’t want a two-state solution, thus hampering peace.