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The Growing Belief in a One-State Solution - Olmert's Nightmare


World  (tags: israel, middle-east, palestine, two-state solution )

Madalena
- 3359 days ago - jnoubiyeh.blogspot.com
Ehud Olmert's nightmare is at hand. Not only does the former Israeli prime minister now really have to fight those corruption charges. He also faces the realization of his fears that the Palestinians might give up on a two-state solution in favor of a str



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Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 12:01 pm
........Stating that "We are still at the first question," As'ad Ghanem offered a particularly frank critique. The Jewish state, the Islamic state and the two-state options all have more public support. The difficult questions are:

Who are the citizens of the one-state, Israeli or Palestinian?

What would be its relationship to the Jewish Diaspora and the Arab national movement?

How could Palestinians and Israelis be convinced it would serve their needs?

In offering concrete strategies, Omar Barghouti's examples included ways in which restitution of inherent rights could be achieved without harming acquired rights.

 

Madalena Lobaotello (448)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 12:01 pm
Think about it. Who's defending the two-state option today? The Palestinian Authority, its case ever weaker against the decades-long clanging of Israeli bulldozers as they colonize Palestinian land and demolish homes.

And the realists in the United States, Europe, and Israel, whose core argument is that a Palestinian state is the only way to save a majority Jewish state -- an argument that does not inspire.

Those who support a two-state solution must do better if they want to hang on to hearts and minds. For, make no mistake, as American politicians are fond of saying, the adherents of the one-state movement share a faith. And fear and brute force - whether exercised by Israel, America, or the Palestinian Authority - are no match for faith.

Nadia Hijab is a senior fellow at the Insitute for Palestine Studies.
 
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