The current Palestinian-Israeli conflict may continue throughout this year, but the overall situation remains controllable, said a Chinese expert.
Li Shaoxian, director of the China-Arab Research Institute at Ningxia University, made the remarks at a seminar on major global events held recently in Beijing.
Since its outbreak on Oct. 7, 2023, the conflict has lasted for over three months with unprecedented intensity, and will be prolonged considering the current situation, Li said.
He said the international community has reached consensus on the Palestinian issue -- that is the "two-state solution", adding that establishing a Palestinian state is essential for peace and stability in the Middle East.
The key lies with Israel, which currently shows almost no likelihood of agreeing to the "two-state solution" or the establishment of a Palestinian state, Li said.
Despite the rising risk of the conflict spreading beyond Gaza, the overall situation remains controllable, Li said.
He also warned that peace cannot be achieved without Israel’s participation in talks.
The seminar, held by Xinhuanet annually, gathered together renowned scholars and experts of international relations to engage in vibrant and in-depth discussions on global issues.