Yossi Beilin, who needs no introduction, says A one-state solution is deranged. But no where in his article does he say why other than to say :No joint Israeli-Palestinian state will come to be as long as the Israeli government is headed by a Zionist leader. Any such leader will prevent a situation in which a Jewish minority rules over a Palestinian majority.”
But what I found interesting is this comment:
- During my visit to Washington, D.C. last week, I was asked, seriously for the first time, for my opinion on the one-state solution as opposed to the two-state solution. When I respond that it is an inane idea, I am told that it is being raised by increasingly serious actors and figures in the arena, particularly from the Palestinian side, but also from the Israeli side. The interesting thing, say the people I spoke with, is that it is being raised by speakers from the Israeli Right as well as the Left, and by people from the mainstream of the Palestinian leadership. These people claim that Netanyahu is unwilling to pay the price of peace, and that Abbas cannot speak for Gaza. Neither of them is keen on interim arrangements, and therefore bestowing full rights and citizenship upon the Palestinians is the most practical solution.
This is good news. So not only are Israelis talking about it, Washington is listening.
Beilin doesn’t mention at all that annexing Judea and Samaria would result in a 2:1 Jewish majority and if Gaza were included it would result in a 1.5:1 Jewish majority. But many of us on the Right are not so quick as to give the Palestinians citizenship.
Ron Breiman writes that to call for negotiations for a two state solution is wrong headed as it pre-determines the outcome. Better to have all possibilities on the table. Furthermore he writes:
- There are some who are scared of a demographic threat, claiming that if we don’t withdraw from our land there will soon be an Arab majority west of the Jordan River. However, it is precisely for this reason that supporters of a Palestinian state should ensure that such a state won’t absorb Arab refugees, who would cause there to be an Arab majority west of the Jordan River.
I share this position. Even if we were to agree to create a Palestinian state, it should conditioned on no refugees being allowed to return to Palestine. Imagine if one million refugees came back to Palestine and they all crashed the security fence in order to return to Israel, how could we get rid of them?
A one-state solution should be very appealing to the Americans. There would be no need to divide Jerusalem, set ’67 lines as borders or uproot 150,000 Jews.