Monday, February 09, 2009

The two-state solution:

But, if there are to be Palestinians in Israel
(as there are and have been for 60 years),
then there is every reason to believe that
there can be Israelis in Palestine. (Marty Peretz)


At 6:01 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ideally, some Jews will reside in a West Bank Palestinian state, just as some Arabs reside in Israel.

The question is whether any agreement can lead to a situation where Jews reside safely in any Palestinian state.

It is inconceivable to me that this is possible in the foreseeable future. And what will Israel do if, say, a hundred Jews in Kiryat Arba were to be massacred after a withdrawal and peace?

I doubt whether any Israeli Government will want to have to worry about such things. There are plenty of other difficult problems, without creating this one for ourselves.

At 6:21 PM EST, Blogger The Contentious Centrist said...

Yes of course. The yin and yang symbol was supposed to be an ironic comment on the quote I provided. In 1929 there was very little reason for the massacre of the Hebron Jews and still it happened. There is no imagining the kind of bloodbath that will take place if the Hebron settlers remain in place with their history vis a vis their neighbours.

I tend to agree with Sari Nusseibeh's formula about the WB having to be judenrein to be acceptable to the Arabs there.

There is plenty of room in the Negev and the Galilee that need developing, for those who are genuinely concerned about the survival of the Jewish state.


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