Monday, December 3, 2007

Palestine: Current Realities & Future Options

"If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South
African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the
territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished
Ehud Olmert, Nov 28, 2007

"More and more Palestinians are uninterested in a negotiated, two-state
solution, because they want to change the essence of the conflict from an
Algerian paradigm to a South African one. From a struggle against
`occupation,' in their parlance, to a struggle for one-man-one-vote. That
is, of course, a much cleaner struggle, a much more popular struggle - and
ultimately a much more powerful one. For us, it would mean the end of the
Jewish state
.” – Ehud Olmert, Nov 13, 2003

So, the current system in Israel A) is apartheid, B) cannot last because of demographic realities. Therefore, the future for Palestine is either two religiously distinct states or a single democratic state in which Jews and Palestinians would co-exist and in which Palestinians would have the majority.

Now, that’s a basis for dialogue and policy-planning. Doesn’t the truth clear the air?

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