OPINION: Israel prevents the two-state solution

Who wants a Jewish state

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has been speaking enthusiastically about “two states, two nations” ever since her conversion from the Greater Israel ideology. She can easily convince people why Israel must have a right of return only for Jews, while an independent Palestine would grant the same right only to Palestinians.

Like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Livni has realized belatedly that this is the only way two democratic nation states could survive. This simple, rational idea could have been implemented easily had not Israel’s leaders rejected it for generations – for 40 years the border line has been obstructed by settlement building.

Now on the eve of the Annapolis conference, Israel has suddenly come up with the absurd demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state – after Israel’s own leaders have done everything in their power to sabotage it.

It is easy to speak about a Jewish state, but difficult to find the political courage required to do what it takes: Settlements scattered in the heart of the Palestinian population make it impossible to separate between Israel and Palestine along a plausible and viable border. With each passing day and each passing year, every settlement expansion, every outpost and every road built to reach it disrupt the chance to separate the two nations. [complete article]

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  1. Another Way

    This, as Powell pointed out, is the consistent problem with Israel and the West’s so-called peace initiatives. They ask the Arab parties, whether they be the Palestinians, or Syria, or Iran, or Hizbullah, to make concessions before they can sit at the table. This way they prove that they are willing to negotiate. Israel wants the Palestinians to acknowledge the exclusive right of Jews to govern pre-67 Israel, but they refuse to withdraw the settlements, or condemn the settlement policy. Unfortunately, the politics of Israel’s institutions require favors to be given to so many parties, in particular the parties that endorse the settlements- there is simply no consensus for peace in the Israeli discourse today.
    But ultimately, true peace will require more than negotiations between leaders… it will require reconciliation between peoples. I believe that is possible, but it will require leadership, courage, and vision that, thus far, neither side has yet to offer.

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