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    First, I want to insist that the Palestinians be divided into two separate states, in Gaza and the West bank. The Right-wingers already take that into account when they consider only the West bankers as future members of their one-state solution (although they fail to state it explicitly for shame of owing something to Sharon. Now that we have 5 separate groups, let us name them using some historical understanding, especially the understanding that the ancient 12 tribes of Israel were not really related by blood but joined the federation over time. The Religious Zionist state will be named JUDEA, as all agree to and also because they believe they are the "real" Jews. I would call the Haredi state RUBEN. Not only does this sound like Rabbi, but Ruben was the oldest and honored son, who was overtaken by the modernist son. The Liberal Jewish state shoul be named DAN. Not only is this the region where they, and the ancient tribe of Dan lived, but the tribe Dan was probably part of the Greek Danaoi (as the archeologist Yadin had surmised (which is why the stories of Samson the Danite sound like Greek hero tales). The Liberals bring with them foreign influence, so this name is fitting. The Gaza district should be called Pleshet (= Filastin), reverting to its original biblical name and used by the Palestinians. This leaves the West Bank Arabs. I would call them Yusuf, after Yoseph who dwelled in Samaria and split out of the Judeans. It provides this district with future potential to split in two, north and south, and call themselves Menashe and Ephraim. The entire federal state can be called ABRAHAM, rather than Israel, a more inclusive but even more respected name. For a flag, I would keep the present one, only changing the star of David into a 5-pointed star, symbolizing the 5 federated states, and also paying homage to the stars used in the US who will be paying for the new state as it does for the present one.

    from the article: Do Israeli liberals need a State of Tel Aviv?
    First published 16:21 11.01.12 | Last updated 16:21 11.01.12
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