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    • 17.07.10 | 23:09 (IDT)

    Anyone thought of asking Palestinians what they think about this ? It sounds awfully condescending to sit in the ivory towers of Tel Aviv, Washington and Jerusalem and to make plans that do not consider Palestinian national feelings. Would Jews of 1948 accept a bi-national state in which the majority may not be Jewish and the Prime Minister would be an Arab? I don't think so. So why assume that all Palestinians want is to eat ice cream in Tel Aviv and have yellow license plates? That is typical colonialist thinking. Second point: If one needs to guess how the non-jewish citizens would be treated in the future binational state, one only needs to see how left wing protesters and arabs are treated in today's israel. If someone thinks Egged would start new line from Ramallah to Tel Aviv, that Ahmed from Jenin would have to come to the airport 3 hours ahead of his flight and not 7 hours (to account for all the security interrogation), if someone thinks that the elementary school in Hebron will get the same funds and support like the elementary school in Raanana, they have been hiding under the rock for the past 40 years. Occupation has many faces and discrimination even more. Future Israeli-Palestinians will be equal only on paper, they will serve the same purpose to the israelis like the Poles, Slovaks, Bulgarian and Romanians do for the western EU countries - cheap, but legal workforce that bears the brunt of their economy, without enjoying its fruits. It may turn out that the major idea behind the binational state is to remove the need for israeli contractors to illegaly employ palestinian construction workers and instead exploit them with the blessing of the law. Arab prime minister of Israel? Not in the Country of Chosen People. Lets first get to the point where we can have an Arab CEO of a company with Jewish employees... half of them would quit before that happening

    from the article: Endgame
    First published 13:27 15.07.10 | Last updated 13:27 15.07.10
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