Why I’m still a two-stater.

Last Friday’s column on Open Zion/The Daily Beast:

In recent years, it’s become all the rage to support —or accept, or give in to—the notion of a “one-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel’s constant, voracious expansion of the settlements has rendered the establishment of a Palestinian state near-impossible, goes the argument, and anyway, strict nationalism has a tendency to lead to civil and human rights abuses, and we’re better off focusing on ending those in the name of a pure democracy. The two-state solution, one-staters maintain, is dead.

And the simple truth is that these are good points. Throw in the near parity in current Israeli and Palestinian population figures, and I can understand the impulse to leapfrog over an idea whose time appears to have come and gone, and move on to something else.

The problem with the one-state idea, however, is even simpler: The people who actually live in Israel and Palestine don’t want it….

To read the delightful rest, please click here.

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  1. Emily, much of what you write resonates with Sami’s view. In the initial draft of “The Hour of Sunlight” we had an ‘after-word’ which was Sami’s vision of how to move forward. His ultimate vision is a federation, but he talked about the necessity of two-states before this vision could be realized. Palestinians needed to experience independence with dignity in their state, he said, and Israelis needed to experience security in their state–before a move towards federation between the two (and Jordan) could be possible. We ended up cutting out the after-word in the end, but reading this post was bringing it to my mind…
    My own position is that in my mind, any workable “solution” has to be predicated on both people’s needs and fears and rights and dignity being given equal consideration and importance. I can imagine versions of both the ‘one-state’ solution or the ‘two-state’ solution that uphold those principles, and I can also imagine versions of either/both that violate those principles…