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Advocating the one-state solution (for settlers and Zionist extremists)

A key argument of my recently released book After Zionism is to find ways to reach the one-state solution between Israel and Palestine. It’s the only truly just outcome.

But others, namely the colonists in Palestine, have another idea. A one-state solution that permanently excludes Arabs. The Times of Israel reports:

MK Tzipi Hotovely knew her audience well. The last of nearly a dozen speakers at a conference advocating Israel’s annexation of the West Bank and the end of the two-state solution, the young Likud lawmaker described for the crowd a scenario very familiar to right-wing pundits in Israel: being challenged by the media about their views on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse.

“After having proven with signs and miracles that a Palestinian state would be a catastrophe and would just increase terrorism, the question that scares right-wingers interviewed by the media the most is this — the ultimate left-wing question: ‘So what is your solution? What’s your plan?’” Hotovely said. Raising her voice, she continued: “Friends, everybody here today knows that there is a solution — applying sovereignty [over the West Bank]. One state for the Jewish people with an Arab minority, lest any right-winger say there’s no solution!”

To the raucous applause of more than 500 conference-goers squeezed into the visitors’ center of the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron on Thursday, Hotovely warned against advocating merely the annexation of the West Bank’s Area C, which is under Israeli control and where most settlers live, an idea recently spread by some on the right. “We need to demand sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria, and nothing less than that,” she declared.

There’s nothing new about far-right groups holding events in which speakers fantasize about “Greater Israel.” But Thursday’s conference was different: It indicated that the idea of the one-state solution has become respectable within a larger segment of society, including the ranks of Israel’s ruling party.

Hotovely was right: For years, moderate right-wingers tiptoed around the question of what they envision for the future of the territories Israel captured in 1967. Only hardliners openly admitted what perhaps many others secretly desired, but knew to be politically too incorrect to openly demand.

We’re all here to say one thing: the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Why? Because!” co-organizer Yehudit Katsover proclaimed in her opening statement to the conference, which she organized with right-wing activist Nadia Matar.

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  • examinator

    What has Just(ice) got to do with Israel/ Palestinian solution? Not a lot my friend .
    I have argued and will continue to argue that a 'one state' simply won't work. you and the General's son are both ignoring HUMAN NATURE. (aka Neuro psychological and behavioural research) …. The entrenched hatred/ prejudice/ zealotry won't simply go away….like the good general's (son) said. ( business as usual) but equality and integration?
    We can't get a reasonable government in Australia and we don't have the entrenched …….. that Israel/Palestine does nor is America paddling the water here YET.
    Think USA their civil war was 140 years ago but the 'one nation' hasn't blossomed there yet. Do a trip through the Sth Bible belt they still talk about the "Northern war of aggression". I don't refer to the Dis(united states of America) lightly.
    Look around the world what do you see about racial prejudice is it receding? Not in the least.
    Some Jew can't cope or live harmoniously with other Jews without riots etc.
    Be honest Antony, where do you go in Australia to be have women beaten up in the street for lack of modesty , or buses being disrupted, Where do we walk around our estates with automatic weapons and teach government sanctioned racist lies in school.. and how many generations did that take?
    Do you really think that the settlers are going to integrate? not seek to continue to Jewish- ize more 'Israelestine' that my friend is a generational happening… if at all. Right of return? Which part of that will be acceptable to the majority of Israelis.
    It sounds nice in theory but I've spent too many years dealing with the dirty underside of humans to believe that the Palestinians will gain anything from such a union.

    Do you really believe USA and the diasporic zealots would allow a Israel to become part Muslim (sic).
    Look at Egypt any bet where the USA is re the conflict between the majority voted Muslim Brotherhood supported Prez or the US friendly military?
    What I'm saying is that a one state solution isn't a far and away achievable option.
    What is sadly most likely is the Greater Israel that suppresses it's Muslim sub citizenry. A solution would have been reached years ago had it not been for the USA needing a 'friendly' (client) state in the Middle east. It's aided and abetted by the American Jews and the Religious right who are integral in US Politics.
    The US Jews might change but the Digbat right?
    Short answer the battle isn't between Israel and Palestinians alone you are ignoring Uncle SAM'S Grubby paw print in the foetid porridge bowl.
    Rather forced two state solution. Is going to give either any sense of equality.

  • examinator

    Antony,
    Ultimately I haven't seen a plan that answers the above impediments