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July 11, 2013 1:21 pm

Huffington Post Political Director: Two-State Solution is Dead, ‘the Settlers Have Won’

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The two-state solution is dead and “It is now a matter of when, not if, the West Bank boils over into violent protests,” write the Huffington Post UK’s Political Director Mehdi Hasan in a recent column.

In the article, Hasan cites, among others, Israel’s former chief of general staff, General Shaul Mofaz, who has recently said, “We are on the verge of a third intifada.”

But, more to the point, Hasan believes the impending violence is the direct result of not a stalled, but a dead peace process: “There is no peace; there is no process,” he writes.

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Hasan, who has in the past taken Muslims in the UK to task for anti-Semitism, says that the the main culprit is Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria and an Israeli government willingly enabling settlers.

“The settlements…have rendered a two-state solution impossible. The evidence for this? ‘The idea that a Palestinian state will be formed in the land of Israel has come to a dead end,’ declared the former Yesha Council leader Naftali Bennett on 17 June. ‘Today there are 400,000 Israeli residents of Judaea and Samaria and another 250,000 in eastern Jerusalem.'”

He also cites Dani Dayan, the outgoing chairman of the Yesha council, who in an interview published by al-Jazeera English said: “The conflict right now has no solution.”

Hasan continues: “Whether we want to admit it or not, the settlers have won – they have what they call a ‘wet dream’ government, protecting and promoting their interests.”

As proof, he points to the fact that settlers make up 5% of Israel’s population but more than 10% of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.

And what does Hasan see as an alternative? “Stark” options: “either a democratic, one-state solution, in which Jews, Muslims and Christians can live side by side as equals – one person, one vote – or Bennett and Dayan’s ‘status quo’ vision, in which nearly four million Palestinians continue to live under a de facto Israeli military dictatorship, denied the right to vote and offered only a divided, bantustan statelet.”

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  • I agree with “American Jew”!

  • BH in Iowa

    The ‘soft’ war against Israel and the Jewish People has failed. Now they’re trying to ignite a war of violent pogroms against Jews.

    What was once the party of RFK is now the party of sirhan sirhan.

    • An American Jew

      @BH in Iowa–wow, that was deep.

      Unfortunately many people would not fully understand the reference.

      Sirhan Sirhan himself has transformed from an Arab of Syrian descent (as he was described in 1968) into a proud “palestinian” who now claims to have murdered JFK because of his support of Israel.

  • An American Jew

    Zach, why did you quote this guy without analyzing or countering in anyway his bogus claims?

    The Oslo process was dead from the moment Arafat refused to honor any of his agreements and made public statements in Arabic disavowing the process. The “peace process” has been more “process” than “peace” and has been virtually non-existent because the “palestinians” have spent most of their resources since 1994 on supporting terrorism, provocation, incitement to violence, political posturing, etc. They have spent very little time or resources on preparing their people to compromise on their demands or to co-exist side by side with a Jewish state—the two most essential elements in putting “peace” into this “process”.

    The claims made by Mehdi Hasan are ridiculous. The Palestinian population totals are regarded as grossly exaggerated because they receive international aid and sympathy for their cause corresponding to the numbers of so-called “refugees” (even though only a fraction of these people actually qualify for refugee status under recognized international guidelines).

    Gaza is NOT ruled by Israel in any way. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 and holds no responsibility for the people or their government–only for the border. Egypt and the UN have as much or more governance over Gaza as Israel has, so it is completely disingenuous to assign responsibility for the 1.7 million inhabitants of Gaza to Israel.

    The 2.6 million Arabs living in the “west bank” have a government created by the Oslo agreement. The overwhelming majority of them are governed by the PA. The only Arabs governed by Israel are the 1.2 million Arabs living in Israel and the 192,000 Arabs living in East Jerusalem–who have the choice to ask for Israeli citizenship.

    This completely blows out of the water the claim of FOUR MILLION Arabs which would “…continue to live under a de facto Israeli military dictatorship, denied the right to vote and offered only a divided, bantustan statelet.”

    FYI–the REAL two-state solution is not dead, it hasn’t even been seriously considered yet. Since the overwhelming majority (over 80%) of the population of Jordan is “palestinian” and since Jordan comprises 80% of the territory once known as Palestine, the REAL two-state solution would assign the political and administrative rights of the “west bank” Arabs to the “palestinian” state of Jordan with day to day security administered jointly by a “palestinian”/jordanian police force in coordination with the IDF. but that is only if you want a REAL solution to this problem and not a completely unrealistic FANTASY solution as envisioned by the Oslo process.

    • Teg Atriedes

      Well stated, Bravo!

  • Bear Klein

    Correct two state solution is dead.

    The best idea to change the dynamics of the failed two state solution is the “One State Israel” plan by Naftali Bennett (new member of Knesset) This plan provides for normalization with the possibility of peace in the very very long run.

    In short Israel will annex Area C of the West Bank (called Judah and Samaria for 2000 years accept for the 19 years Jordan ruled the area illegally). Herein live 400,000 Jews and where relatively few Palestinians live est. 40- 50K (the Arabs living herein will be offered Israeli citizenship or residency at their choice. This area is also vital for Israeli security.
    1.4 million Palestinians live in Area A/B they will be able to offered to manage their own affairs independently (short of a full blown military.) This would be similar to the Vatican’s situation within the borders of Italy. They will have complete freedom of movement in the West Bank. Israel will provide security. Significant economic investment will be made to make this area viable.
    The Plan as Bennett says is a work in progress and certainly not perfect. This plan will not make the people who want to destroy Israel happy or the naaive left or the haters . If you anyone wants to read more about this plan go to: http://www.onestateisrael.com/

    • An American Jew

      That sounds like a great plan—if only people would pay attention to it.

      There are some morons (one of whom currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) who call for a contiguous Palestinian state in the “west bank” and Gaza.

      What these morons don’t realize is that a “contiguous” palestinian state can only be created if you turn Israel into a non-contiguous Israeli state!!

      If the Arabs insist on contiguity, we can use O’Hare airport as the example. Chicago’s O’hare airport is the busiest airport in the world, but it is only contiguously connected to the rest of the city via a narrow strip of land about 200 feet (61 m) wide.

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