Unless Mr. Segev is opposed to national determination as a general proposition, I don't understand his opposition to Leiberman's proposal. The very notion of a "nation state" assumes that the overwhelming majority of the population within a state enjoy common bonds of history, culture, language, and historical identity--key characteristics that Jewish Israelis and Arab Israeli's obviously do not share. The non-violent redrawing of political boundaries, without expulsion of residents, is a perfectly reasonable way to permit distinct national communities to pursue their individual paths. There is nothing sacrosanct about the 1949 cease fire lines, particularly when borders that correspond more closely to the national division between Palestinian Arab and Jew would offer greater security and freedom to both.
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