Summary of the February 24th simulation
The IPC conducts regular and frequent zoom simulations to demonstrate how the Confederation would work. Most participants are asked to play Israeli and Palestinian parliament members in the Confederation. Others are asked to play Israeli prime minister, Hamas leader, Palestinian President, US President, Russia’s President, China’s President or other world leaders.
In each simulation we discuss the IPC’s Constitution and issues at the heart of the conflict with a focus on resolution. Based on our constitution we give the Israeli and Palestinian governments a veto power over the legislation. Our purpose is to demonstrate that it is possible for the common government to make peace and neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian Governments would be able to veto legislation that benefits their people. At the end of each simulation, we hold an open discussion.
The simulation of February 24th ,2021 was very well attended. We received participants from the entire globe including Israelis and Palestinians.
Because of the large international participation, the first item on the agenda was to apply to the UN Security Council to recognize the IPC as the legitimate government of the people of Israel and Palestine. We did not request voting rights. Our request was granted without the objection of the Israeli PM, Hamas leader and the PA president.
The IPC parliament passed legislation to convert Qalandia checkpoint to an education and commerce center to create a high speed train connecting the city of Gaza, the international airport and seaport at the Israeli Gaza border, with the West Bank, Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv . We also passed legislation to create a liaison office between the Israeli and the Palestinian governments that would help both the governments as well as private entities communicate with each other.
Based on our constitution we gave the local government veto power over the legislation. No veto was issued by either the Israeli government, Hamas or the PA. Hamas leader however reserved judgment on the high-speed train.
At the end of the simulation a poll was conducted to determine the participants predictions regarding the likelihood of voter’s participation when a real election to create a common government will take place. Most of the participant predicted that more Palestinians than Israelis would vote in such an election but the average number of the entire population would be between 50-60 percent.