The israeli government well knew that the status quo of maintaining the occupied territories is not sustainable under the pretext that Israel can be classified a democratic and Jewish state. Ariel Sharon took the first unilaterial decision to pull out of Gaza-creating Kadima - because it was the start of the building blocks to create a two state solution but also to buy time. First, to show the world that radicialsation will spread when israel withdraws via Hamas (which Israel supported its foundation to split the Fatah vote). Second, to prepare the first stage of a two state solution by removing 5000 plus settlers in Gaza as it started to become more untenable that a minority rules over a majority...when elections were been held in Gaza by the local population. The west bank is a bigger obstacle and the removal of nearly million settlers is not politically sustainable for any Israeli government because of the voting blocks from the ultra-orthodox and settlers movement (namely the russian immigrants)... Its unlikely we will see a solution from the current Israeli government.. What ever ideals the founding fathers of Israel had...they are no longer relevant today... Israel has "painted itself into a corner"...it has two choices left on the table...apartheid or a political/power sharing agreement with the Palestinians...similar what was setup after the Lebanese civil war or Northern Ireland. However, politically the israeli public are yet ready to accept such arrangements....unfortunately time is not on their side...
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from the article: Strenger than Fiction / Israel should consider a one-state solution