Position Paper / White Paper

Islamic Republic of Iran 1991 UNGA - Topic 3


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Abia Rahman and Vasaki Mahesan

Iran

UNGA 1991

American Heritage/Delray

 

Topic C: Israel-Palestine Conflict

     The Israel-Palestine Conflict dates back to as early as the First World War, when the British controlled the area after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Since then, the two groups have been in a state of almost constant conflict concerning the territory, especially due to religious significance. This constant struggle not only affects those involved, but also all states surrounding it and the international community as a whole.  In response to the numerous events that have taken place within this issue, the Islamic Republic of Iran deems it crucial to the committee to come to a resolution that ceases this long-lasting strife.

     The Islamic Republic of Iran’s views within this conflict have fluctuated throughout the decades. This began with Iran’s rejection of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947 and Israel’s induction into the United Nations. However, this quickly changed in 1950, when Iran became the second Muslim nation to officially recognize Israel as a state. These fluctuations occurred for the next three decades, until the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979, after which most ties with Israel were severed. Since then, Iran has more publicly favored the official recreation of Palestine as a state, and believes that the territory does not belong to Israel alone. In light of the conflicts that have arisen from splitting the territory in two, such as borders, settlements and the ownership of Jerusalem, Iran realizes that the Two-State Solution would only lead to further conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians concerning the issues previously stated. Due to the probable ineffectiveness of the Two-State Solution, Iran proposes the One-State Solution in its stead.

     In recognition of the pressing issue, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes the optimal solution for this conflict is the One-State Solution, in which the entire territory will be united as one people under one government. With the merging of Israel and Palestine into one state, the battle for control over Jerusalem will be resolved and there will be no division, which would lead to more conflict and presumably the destruction of many institutions, such as those of the Israelis in the West Bank. The Islamic Republic of Iran urges the international community to strive to reach a resolution that ceases the threat created by the Israel-Palestine Conflict on both the population involved and those outside of the borders in which the conflict is encompassed.

Sources:

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/iran/MAGAZINE-how-israel-and-iran-went-from-allies-to-enemies-1.6049884

https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/iran-and-israel

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/world/middleeast/israel-palestinians-two-state-solution.html