If you say settlements are illegal Israel can't be an apartheid state, why? Because you have stated that settlements are outside of Israel proper, AGREED. But its a double edged sword, by saying settlements are illegal because that land isn't Israel, why should the persons living there, i.e. Palestinians, have rights inside of Israel??? We both agree that that land is dispusted/occupied/not part of Israel, (it might change following land swaps as part of a final peace agreement) Accordingly, if you then take that point and analyze the Israeli electoral system, a singular consittuency PR list system, you would find that Israel is actually the most democratic country on earth! Yes this is factually true! WHY? because the Knesset make up mirrors almost exactly the percentage of votes that were received by each party. Unlike Canada for example which uses a the first past the post multi constituency system which, if for example, the Trinity-Spadina district of Toronto, 48% vote liberal, 1% conservative, 51% vote NDP. this will mean NDP willl win the seat and 49% of constituents will not have their views represented. Unlike Israel where since it is 1 constituency and a PR system, if this mirco case was Israel, we'd have a Majority gov't, with 51% of seats to NDP, 1% to conservatives and 48% to Liberals. Now of course Israel being a highly fragmented society (its got what 5m jews, thats 15million opinions!) chose this system knowing it would create minority governments, WHY? So every CITIZEN could have an equal say. THAT IS DEMOCRACY IN ITS FINEST, IF YOU ARGUE ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE YOU ARE ARGUINING OVER WHO SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CITIZENSHIP AND THAT IS DIFFICULT BATTLE TO WIN FOR THE WB/GAZA IF YOU ARE FOR 2 STATES
from the article: Goldstone: Israel is not an 'apartheid state'