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Can Israel, Palestine exist as parallel states on same land?

Contrary to what politicians on both sides are willing to admit, the Israeli and Palestinian people can live together side by side, and might accept an idea of having two parallel, “overlapping” states established on the same land.
The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Israeli policemen stand guard before Palestinian men begin to pray in the Arab East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud  September 26, 2014. Israeli police declared an age limit on Friday for Palestinians wanting to enter the Old City, only allowing males above the age of 50 and all females to enter. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (JERUSALEM - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTR47U0S
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The recent Yom Kippur passed peacefully, without any violent incidents between Jews and Arabs in Israel. I would not bother to mention it had it not been for the massive police forces deployed in advance in an attempt to prevent clashes between Jews and Muslims in the so-called mixed cities, and for the intensive efforts to mobilize the leaders on both sides in advance, to prevent friction and conflicts.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a day of fasting, abstinence and prayer, the holiest of all Jewish holidays, was celebrated this year on the same day, Oct. 4, as the first day of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, the most important of all Muslim holidays. While Jews were fasting to atone for their sins, praying to God to write them in the Book of Life, Muslims were commemorating the willingness of Abraham, the shared father of Muslims and Jews, to sacrifice his son to God. The Muslim holiday is marked by a sumptuous feast, with grilled or roast meat as the main serving, in remembrance of the ram sacrificed as a burnt offering.

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