With the two-state solution a distant dream, Palestinians ask if it’s time to push for a one-state solution

Source: Los Angeles Times

By Joshua Mitnick

For nearly three decades, governments around the world have insisted that the best way to end the most intractable conflict in the Middle East is to trade land for peace, creating an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

But these days, as Palestinians see prospects for the so-called two-state solution disintegrating, a growing number are mulling over a provocative alternative: a single binational state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.

The notion is the equivalent of a demographic Trojan horse, forcing Israel either to give Arab residents full voting rights — and jeopardize the Jewish identity upon which Israel was created in 1948 — or risk becoming an apartheid state under permanent sanction by the rest of the world.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry warned of the risk Wednesday in what he described as a “fundamental reality” for the two sides to consider: “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic — it cannot be both — and it won’t ever really be at peace.”

 

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  1. Personally I feel the two-state solution has died a long time ago (if it was ever alive). Consequently I would feel that Palestinians should push for a one-state solution, of course with equal rights to all. (same litres of water for each citizen!) Same amount for education for all sectors of citizens. no Apartheid. (which automatically means no Jewish State actually). Having killed the two state solution actually it is the Jewish people who might loose their dream of a Jewish state. But in the end would have the possibility of living in peace, a much better solution. (dream on …)

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