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A fascinating debate is entering Israel’s political mainstream on a once-taboo subject: the establishment of a single state as a resolution of the conflict, one in which Jews and Palestinians might potentially live as equal citizens. Surprisingly, those advocating such a solution are to be found chiefly on Israel’s political right.
The debate, which challenges the current orthodoxy of a two-state future, is rapidly exploding traditional conceptions about the Zionist right and left.
put in a constitution which means both parties have to represented equaly and must be ruled by secular law
The two-state solution is practicable because many Israelis can accept it. A two-state solution doesn’t challenge what Israel is all about; indeed that is the moralistic objection to two states.
Israel is a Jewish state; it is committed to that.
One-staters apparently believe that Israel will give up its reason for existence and at the same time expose itself not to the risk but to the certainty of being ’swamped by Arabs’. This in turn would indicate a willingness to accede to anything an ‘Arab’ majority might enact, including a full right of return and dispossession of Zionist usurpers.
Can anyone seriously imagine this?
If it took thousands and lives and many years to get the settlements out of Gaza - not Israel, which is still sovereign there, but only the settlements. How long is it supposed to take before Israel gives up its existence, its rationale, and the security of all its Jewish citizens?
Suppose, in the leisurely, bloody, starvation-ridden fullness of time, a single state gets implemented. Then we come to the oddest illusion of all: that if you put two antagonistic peoples together in one state, their antagonism will vanish.
Why? What issues are resolved? Will Palestinians and Jews cease to compete for state power? will Israeli Jews, because they have lost their Jewish state, feel disposed to hand over their homes and businesses as well? Does binationalism turn men into angels?
Originally posted by Solomons
Uhhh what a slap in the face, Palestinians want their own state, Israel is violating International law by not allowing this....Simple, i mean honestly, adding yet another layer of unneeded complexity to the situation with this little 'debate' is bloody ridiculous.....just get off their feckin land!
[edit on 21-7-2010 by Solomons]
Originally posted by Dark Ghost
What about the Wars that took place between 1967 and 1993, though? Haven't those contributed to the controversy about land division?
[edit on 23/7/2010 by Dark Ghost]