A great surprise: The overwhelming majority of Israelis support a one-state solution. After years in which the binational solution was anathema, it has suddenly become apparent that this is the preferred solution. You don’t believe it? Look at the opinion polls. Benjamin Netanyahu is again leading them. You don’t believe Netanyahu advocates this solution? Listen to his words. Once again, Netanyahu “does not find” a Palestinian partner. The conclusion: Wait and do nothing.
Netanyahu is not alone. Judging by their inaction, the prime minister and the foreign minister are also unable to find a partner; it is furthermore doubtful whether the Labor Party will find one. There are heaps and heaps of preconditions – one time it is the democratization of the Palestinians and another time it is their recognition of Israel; one time it is a halt to terror and another time it is a revision of their covenant; one time it is “no” to Arafat, then “no” to Mahmoud Abbas (the “fledgling”) and now it is “no” to the unity government.
And the result is plain to see. One state, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, is coalescing before our very eyes. Because what are Netanyahu and his ilk offering? To sit and do nothing, which simply translates into a binational state. Most Israelis declare that they are in favor of two states? This is a hollow statement – after all, they prefer Netanyahu.