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The only Solution is a Two-State Solution

That is the case, of course, if you want to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians; even if it would be, relatively, a fragile one. Because if a war is your thing, and if you support—due to fatalistic or other such reasons—a continuation of the endless biblical wars, then only a one-state solution is possible for you.

               But let’s start from the beginning. Or, for the sake of our discussion here, the fulfillment of the Zionist dream—justified under any human measurement I know of; politically, culturally, historically—and the establishment of the state of Israel. While engaging in this endeavor, and struggling against all odds to make it a reality, we nonetheless inflicted, whether by design or by accident, a fatal blow to the people who for many generations, indeed since biblical times, continued to live and work the land there. Without a solution to their plight, and to their national aspirations—the fulfillment of their dream, in other words—there will be no solution to our own dream as well.

               As a matter of fact, without a just solution to the Palestinians’ cause, we undermine our own struggle and justification for a Jewish state. We cannot continue to say, or feel, that because we suffered in the Holocaust, and for two thousand years prior to that, it gives us the right, while seeking our own just solution, to do the same thing that was done to us onto other people.

               Until the Six-Day War, culminating in that seminal war, Israel’s struggle was that of survival, mainly with the Arab states surrounding it, who refused to accept the existence of a Jewish state in their neighborhood. Not that there was not a Palestinian problem prior to that war, of course there was, its roots were sown in the “Aliyot” (Jewish immigrations to the Holy Land), and in Israel’s Independence War. But it was swept aside, under the rug so to speak, while the big boys were engaged in major wars. It took Israel quite a while, much more than it should have been, to realize—after the Six-Day War win, and the Yom Kippur War defeat (at least politically)—the importance, indeed the cardinal question of the Palestinian people, before it surfaced to the top of the agenda and daylight.

               Once Israel was finally forced to realize that, while continuing the insane, messianic settlement police all that time, it was almost too late. The Oslo Accords were, in fact, a serious and decent attempt to correct this demise, and to bring about an acceptable two-state solution. However, the forces of the extreme on both sides got the upper hand. Israel continued to expend, and the Palestinians continued their armed struggle.

               It has come to that, then, that even when Israel did the right thing, such as when it pulled out of Gaza, it was too late. By that time, the extremists on the Palestinian side, Hamas—which, by the way, Israel helped fostered—got the upper hand and continued to sabotage any peaceful resolution, while Israel continued its blockade and suffocation of Gaza and its people.

               It is clear to any rational person, including to the International community—as Hillary Clinton indeed made clear to Israel’s political leaders in her recent visit to Jerusalem—that compromise is the only solution out of this quagmire. And that compromising means sharing the land between the two sides. Continuation of the one-state solution, i.e. Greater Israel, will create a de-facto apartheid state. Or, if giving equal rights to the Arab population, the demise of the Jewish state as we know it, and with it the Zionist dream as well, since the Arabs will be the majority then.

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5 Responses

  1. Dear Eugene,

    First, thanks for your comments. Second, if you don’t think a two-state solution is a viable option, what do you suggest Israel do, then? It’s either that or an Apartheid State. Third, the Palestinians did sit with the Israelis around one table—Oslo, Madrid, Camp David—and while Arafat carried to his grave a lot of the blame for the failure of the Oslo Accords and The Camp David talks, Israel as well carries a lot of the blame, since it continues with its insane settlement policy in the West Bank, and shows no signs of seriously willing to give it back.
    As for the article you enclosed, please allow me to be completely honest with you: it’s absolute gibberish, from top to bottom, full of false and misleading statements.

    Hillel

  2. I truly wish that things could be completely different and that a two state solution would be possible, however, from my own experiences and from what I have read and reread about the Palestinian plight, Israeli plight and the possible solutions, I really don’t think that a two state solution can be achieved. There is a deep-seated hatred toward Jews in general, not just Israelis or Zionism, by Arabs and Palestinians alike. Communication and resolution of prejudices and incoming hatreds can only be achieved when the feuding sides come to the table to truly resolve the differences and have an open mind. This is not the case with the Palestinians, Syria or Iran! Please read below and see what somebody else has to say about things.

    A Japanese View of the’ Palestinians’ Couldn’t have said it better.

    Is the world just plain stupid?   
      An interesting questionnaire  for Palestinian Advocates
     By Yashiko Sagamori
    If you are so sure that ” Palestine , the country, goes back through most of recorded history,” I expect you to be able to answer a few basic questions about that country of Palestine : 

    1.  When was it founded and by whom? 

    2.  What were its borders?

    3.  What was its capital? 

    4.  What were its major cities?

    5.  What constituted the basis of its economy?

    6.  What was its form of government? 

    7.  Can you name at least one Palestinian leader before   Arafat? 

    8.  Was Palestine ever recognized by a country whose existence, at that time or now, leaves no room for interpretation? 

    9.  What was the language of the country of Palestine ?

    10. What was the prevalent religion of the country of Palestine ? 

    11. What was the name of its currency? Choose any date in history and tell what was the approximate exchange rate of the Palestinian monetary unit against the US dollar, German mark, GB pound, Japanese yen, or Chinese yuan on that date. 

    12. And, finally, since there is no such country today,  what caused its demise and when did it occur? 

    You are lamenting the “low sinking” of a “once proud” nation. Please tell me, when exactly was that “nation” proud and what was it so proud of? 

    And here is the least sarcastic question of all: If the people you mistakenly call “Palestinians” are anything but generic Arabs collected from all over — or thrown out of — the Arab world, if they really have a genuine ethnic identity that gives them right for self-determination, why did they never try to become independent until Arabs suffered their devastating defeat in the Six Day War? 

    I hope you avoid the temptation to trace the modern day “Palestinians” to the Biblical Philistines: substituting etymology for history won’t work here. 

    The truth should be obvious to everyone who wants to know it. Arab countries have never abandoned the dream of destroying Israel ; they still cherish it today. Having time and again failed to achieve their evil goal with military means, they decided to fight Israel by proxy. For that purpose, they created a terrorist organization, cynically called it “the Palestinian people” and installed it in Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . How else can you explain the refusal by Jordan and Egypt to unconditionally accept back the “West Bank” and Gaza , respectively? 

    The fact is, Arabs populating Gaza, Judea, and Samaria have much less claim to nationhood than that Indian tribe that successfully emerged in Connecticut with the purpose of starting a tax-exempt casino: at least that tribe had a constructive goal that motivated them. The so-called “Palestinians” have only one motivation: the destruction of Israel , and in my book that is not sufficient to consider them a nation” — or anything else except what they really are: a terrorist organization that will one day be dismantled. 

    In fact, there is only one way to achieve peace in the Middle East . Arab countries must acknowledge and accept their defeat in their war against Israel and, as the losing side should, pay Israel reparations for the more than 50 years of devastation they have visited on it. The most appropriate form of such reparations would be the removal of their terrorist organization from the land of Israel and accepting Israel ‘s ancient sovereignty over Gaza , Judea, and Samaria . 

    That will mark the end of the Palestinian people. What are you saying again was its beginning?
     

     

  3. I will ignore the usual niceties you like to pour over my thoughts…..

    Now for some hard researched facts.

    You wrote:
    Most Palestinians are now settled, sitting pretty where they live.

    If you consider being denied citizenship rights, denied work and denied property, and denied their human rights. And you call that sitting pretty?

    But hey do not take my words for it.

    See this OFFICIAL UN site:
    http://www.un.org/unrwa/refugees/lebanon.html

    Here is a short summary:

    Today, all 12 official refugee camps in the Lebanon Field suffer from serious problems – no proper infrastructure, overcrowding, poverty and unemployment. The Lebanon Field has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees who are living in abject poverty and who are registered with the Agency’s “special hardship” programme.

    The number of Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in Lebanon is currently 409,714, or an estimated 10 per cent of the population of Lebanon, a small country which is now quite densely populated.

    Palestine refugees in Lebanon face specific problems. They do not have social and civil rights, and have very limited access to the government’s public health or educational facilities and no access to public social services. The majority rely entirely on UNRWA as the sole provider of education, health and relief and social services. Considered as foreigners, Palestine refugees are prohibited by law from working in more than 70 trades and professions. This has led to a very high rate of unemployment amongst the refugee population.

    Yes, the same organization that loves Israel so much that they will never dare telling a lie about anything.

  4. Complete and utter nonsense. Most Palestinians are now settled, sitting pretty where they live. You’re living in the past, my friend, the same as that newspaper you quoted from. And BTY: If we have the “Law of Return,” shouldn’t the Palestinians allow same for their people, to return or make “Aliyah” to their new state? What are you so afraid of, anyway? Give peace a chance.

  5. The day a new Arab Palestinian state is created, other Arab nations will begin ejecting their own Palestinians to live in the new nation. They will come from Syria. They will come from Lebanon. They will come from Iran. They will come from Egypt. They will come from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

    The Arab nations keep the Palestinians and their descendants in squalor. They are denied citizenship rights. They are denied work. They are denied property. They are denied their human rights because they are and always will be a political football in the Arab campaign against Israel.

    How many will come? I would expect to see 500,000 at least in the short term. This will result in new refugee camps on Israel’s border. This will result in more poverty and dislocation – conditions that breed terrorism and senseless violence, which is why Yasser Arafat hasn’t minded destroying his own once-healthy economy.

    These refugees will not complain about those who really victimized them – the Arab leadership. Their hatred will be directed at the Jews. – was quoted from the ex editor of the Sacramento Union…I miss that paper, it provided much needed balance, unless of course you enjoy the single Pravda-style system.

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