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Monday, January 26, 2009


Two-state solution, R.I.P.

Leftists have long called for a one-state solution, a "democratic, secular Palestine" to use the standard language. One country encompassing the territory of current day Israel plus Gaza and the West Bank. This has been thought of as a "fringe" idea, only held by leftists. Here, in an astonishing (considering the source) video broadcast on CBS' popular 60 Minutes program last night, reporter Bob Simon presents the reality of the situation - a two-state solution isn't going to happen.

Here's what I consider the most important quote in the video, from Daniela Weiss, who is the mayor of one of the settlements on the West Bank:

"I think that settlements prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state in the land of Israel. This is their goal, and this is their reality."
In case it's not clear, she's rejoicing when she says that, not lamenting.

Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu is the leading candidate to be the next Prime Minister of Israel. We hear a lot about the Hamas charter. Here's what the Likud charter has to say:

The Likud charter continues to emphasize the right of settlement in "Judea (and) Samaria" (more commonly known as the "West Bank") and Gaza,"[2] and as such, brings it into direct conflict with Palestinian claims on the same territory. Similarly, their claims of the Jordan river as the permanent eastern border to Israel and Jerusalem as "the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel," do the same.
One of the issues, naturally is the eviction of settlers. Watch in the video as the Israeli Army evicts nine families from one of the smaller and "most illegal" (because they didn't have a permit from the Israeli government) settlements. The Army uses horses, and pulls people out of their house, which itself is untouched. Then watch the next segment as they evict one Palestinian family from an unpermitted house in East Jerusalem. The bulldozers are there to destroy the house, and the Israeli Army fires live ammunition at the family in a clear attempt to kill them (not "warning shots").

Simon sums up the situation thusly:

"Without a separate Palestinian state, the Israelis would have three options, none of them good. They could try ethnic cleansing, drive the Palestinians out of the West Bank. They could give the Palestinians the vote. That would be the democratic option, but it would mean the end of the Jewish state. Or they could inflict apartheid, have the minority Israelis rule the majority Palestinians."
Mustafa Barghouti follows that quote by informing Simon that apartheid is already in place, an assertion Simon then proceeds to demonstrate in the segment.

Try not to laugh at the end when Tzipi Livni claims that Israel is a "state of law and order."

Here's the video. It's getting a lot of traffic, so you may need to be patient after clicking the arrow to start it.

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