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    • 26.07.11 | 04:58 (IDT)

    Nobody wants two states. Not ordinary Israelis: Israel without Judea and Samaria is not Israel. It is something else, a place with the same name as someplacethat once existed in the Bible. Might as well occupy a few hills in Uganda or Wisconsin and call it Israel. Not ordinary Palestinians: they want what they feel was stolen from them, and that is historical Palestine. To them, calling the West Bank and Gaza a State is accepting defeat after 60 years of struggle, and without the Right of Return, a betrayal of all refugees, who have been betrayed by all Arab countries, and who don't need the ultimate betrayal by their own Palestinian brothers. As For their respective leaderships, these leaders are just hoping that one day, the other side will magically disappear through demographics and the problem will solve itself. Unfortunately for the Israelis, the Palestinians seem to have the upper hand in that game of demographic chicken, and whether the tipping point happens in 15 years (including the West Bank and Gaza) or in 75 years (excluding these places) it will happen. Finally, as for the concept of a "Jewish State"' there is no need for a clear majority (50%+1) of Palestinians for the state to stop being Jewish. 25%, or 35%, and if you remain unconvinced, how about 40%? Maybe with the current 20% of Israeli Arabs, Israel is not technically a Jewish state, but a binational state with a majority and a minority. The real problem is that the leadership is negotiating with rhetoric and myth. That is why the peace they are seeking is mythical. Regards.

    from the article: Erekat: Palestinian Authority cannot exist without independent state
    First published 01:50 26.07.11 | Last updated 01:50 26.07.11
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