The end of the Gaza massacre has prompted more talk about what the solution to the Israel/Palestine problem will be.
Two weeks ago I wrote about the one state solution, the idea made famous by Edward Said. It caused a lot of debate – even among supporters of Israel who hadn’t heard of the idea.
Three interesting pieces on the one state solution have appeared today:
“Unless the Palestinian-Israelis somehow vanish, Israel’s Jewish population will eventually become the minority and the Palestinian-Israelis the majority; the population growth rate of the Palestinian-Israelis is much greater than that of Israeli Jews. The number of Palestinians in Israel in 1948 was about 150,000. If Israel would allow the future Palestinian-Israeli majority full citizenship rights, they’ll control the government. If Israel subjects the majority to an apartheid regime, the system will eventually unravel. Apartheid regimes have short lives: Witness Rhodesia and South Africa.”
The one state solution has been gaining credence among intellectuals and the general populations in Israel/Palestine (especially Palestinians) because the two-state solution looks increasingly impossible to implement. Dividing Jerusalem, dismantling Jewish settlements in the West Bank, establishing a Palestinian state bisected by Israel are all insurmountable obstacles to a two-state solution that immediately disappear in a one-state solution.
So if the two-state solution is indeed doomed, is a single democratic state that would be home to both Palestinians and Israelis a more realistic goal or a total impossibility?