Israel’s defense minister warned Tuesday that if Israel does not achieve a peace deal with the Palestinians, it will be either a binational state or an undemocratic apartheid state.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s comments came in an address to a security conference north of Tel Aviv.
Israeli leaders rarely use the term “apartheid” in connection to the Palestinians. The term, however, has been used by Israel’s harshest critics to accuse it of using apartheid tactics against the Palestinians.
“The simple truth is, if there is one state” including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, “it will have to be either binational or undemocratic. … if this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”