Saturday, November 14, 2009

Israeli settlements will lead to one state solution

Below is more evidence that Americans' perceptions of the conflict in Palestine have been changing over the years, albeit rather slowly. I am always pleasantly surprised to see honest reporting on Palestine in mainstream American media.

Philip Weiss notes "The American lib-left seems to be getting the news that the two-state-solution is having its death rattles (3 years of death rattles, unusual case doctor). Joe Klein wants sanctions. And here’s the Nation on the crumbling of the Palestinian Authority. It is unusual to read such a starkly-honest statement of the situation in even a liberal American publication. Roane Carey in the latest Nation:

...for all practical purposes, there is only one nation between the Jordan and the sea, composed of roughly equal numbers of Palestinians and Jews. Then Israel will "face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights," former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned when he was still in office, "and as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished." So Israel will have to confront its own existential dilemma: are the settlements really worth retaining if it means the eventual end of Zionism?

Reading that in The Nation, a liberal magazine, was not as surprising as reading this in Time:

...while I agree that the Obama negotiators have been naive and incompetent in dealing with Likud intransigence, it's also clear that if it's "nonsense" to ask the Israelis to stop building settlements in East Jerusalem--universally recognized as Palestine's capital in a two-state solution (except by the Neocons and the Likudniks)--then the Netanyahu government isn't at all interested in peace.

It is ironic that the continued building of settlements on Palestinian territory, which right-wing Jews and Christians insist is Israel's right, would lead to the end of Israel as a Jewish state, assuming Israel eventually gives those Palestinians living on occupied territory the right to vote in Israeli elections, and assuming Palestinians continue to produce offspring at a faster rate than Israelis.

The international community, including many Jews, will not support an apartheid state, so when will the state of apartheid end? Will it be a one state solution in which all Palestinians have the same rights as Jews, or will it be a two state solution?

Thanks tgia for linking to Mondoweiss.

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