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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What the 'Palestinians' are waiting for

In an earlier post, I answered David Hazony's question about why support for a 'one-state solution' would be growing among the 'Palestinians.' Emanuele Ottolenghi has come to a conclusion that is similar to mine.
Little by little, the sands are shifting in the Middle East — or rather, in the perception of the Middle East as seen from Western capitals. Why sign on the dotted line when more pressure will be brought to bear on Israel? Why agree to end the conflict when Israel’s legitimacy is eroded day by day, with its traditional allies ready to do less and less to support the Jewish state? Why not embrace the rhetoric of a bi-national state — in the silly spirit of our irresponsible age — where you can plan the destruction of your adversary and make it look like a human-rights crusade?

A bi-national state is just a stage to redress the balance of power between the two conflicting national claims. It would not be the end of the story though but the beginning of another chapter where the Zionist movement would be stripped of its national symbols, its power to control immigration, and its ability to define national security exclusively in the name of the Jewish people. Meanwhile, the keys to the Middle East’s most prosperous economy and most powerful army would have to be handed over to the Palestinians for power-sharing. It would be a stage on the way to fulfilling the dream of obliterating the consequences of the last century of Middle East history.

Fanciful? Maybe, but if you take the long view of history, and the mismatch between the reality of a small shoe-box-size Palestinian state and the dream of a whole “Isratine” is unbearable, it makes perfect sense.
Read it all.


At 11:24 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians figure they don't have to wage a jihad. They can just wait and let Israeli weaknesses, Western longings for quiet and time do the work for them. They are in no hurry to settle for less today when they can get more tomorrow.

And so far, they've paid no price for their strategy. Abu Bluff and his successors can wait a long time to undo the verdict of 1948.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

From now on, Israel must not give one inch!

Keep building and pushing the philistines towards their natural home in Jordan.(Funny how all the other arab states loathe the philistines)

Stuff the UK and EU! there is no point in bothering about them.

I believe new and different friends are on the horizon.


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