The one-state and the Israeli right – Message to HA

Sent:  2010/07/21

Dear HA

Even though you know where I stand on this subject, I would like to further clarify my position.  The one-state solution is not the best solution; it is the only one.  It is only a matter of time, and unfortunately – as John Mearsheimer said – it will take massive volume of suffering, mainly on the Palestinian side, before it finally sinks in.

All other proposals – including the currently all-around popular proposal of two states, the new faint whispers about three states by separating Gaza from the West Bank, and the many Bantustan-type-states – are just attempts to extend the life of the state of Israel and very little more.

On the issue of some right wing Israeli voices are calling for a one-state solution, one must read beyond the headline.  Yes, there are voices coming out from some leaders of the settlement movement about a one-state solution.  When one reads carefully, most of them are advocating one state; being the state of Israel as a Jewish state, and those Palestinians living in it must know and acknowledge their place, accept their status as less than equal, or else they have no place in the state.

In the article you circulated, I bring the following excerpt to your attention:

{And the Palestinians?
Porat: “In my view, every Arab has three options. First, those who want an Arab state and are ready to implement that goal by means of terrorism and a struggle against the state, have no place in the Land of Israel. Second, those who accept their place and accept Jewish sovereignty, but do not want to take part in the state and fulfill all their obligations, can be considered residents and enjoy full human rights, but not political representation in the state’s institutions. By the same token, they will also not have full obligations, such as military or national service. Third, those who say they are loyal to the state and to its laws and are ready to fulfill the obligations it prescribes and declare loyalty to it, can receive full citizenship. I consider this a moral and human principle: citizenship is not forced on anyone or granted just like that. We tried this in East Jerusalem, and the fact is that we failed

“There is no point in threatening us with the idea of a state of all its citizens,” Porat continues. “Already 30 years ago, we in Gush Emunim were against solutions of fear – both withdrawal and transfer – and said that in the Return to Zion there is room for the Arab population who desire this, as long as we are not naive about the process.”}

This is no different than the countering position of some Palestinians who say they are for the one-state solution – i.e. Palestinian state – where the Palestinian majority rules and the Jewish minority behaves itself and acts as a minority.  Neither is acceptable to me, for they are both void of justice and based on one party being privileged and the other disadvantaged; in other words they are based on one party accepting to live as less than equal in perpetuity.  This is the product of the mentality of “victory-seekers” on both sides of the conflict, and in the last analysis it leads to continuing the conflict in other ways.  Any form of differentiation or discrimination among citizens based on any factor – ethnicity, religion, or otherwise – is unacceptable because it is fundamentally flawed.

Nevertheless, your message is right on:  The discussion about one-state is taking place, and arguments can be made, which will eventually bring about better understanding.

With my best regards!

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Ontario

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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1 Response to The one-state and the Israeli right – Message to HA

  1. TA says:

    Excellent analysis of the Israeli right’s position. Conclusion is right on. They have taken a first step towards the only realistic solution even if they are still trying to hold on to their dream of a privileged status.
    It is great to have one place where we can find all your write-ups!

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