There are 5.9m Jews and 5.9m non-Jews between the sea and the river. The flaw in the Zionist plan was the unanswered question of where the Jewish numbers would come from to form a Jewish-majority state. It would be solved by Aliyah, by the high ultra-orthodox birth rate, by not asking Russian immigrants too closely about their Jewish credentials. Or something else would turn up, let us not worry and just get on with settling the occupied territories. The something else turned up, in the shape of a growing Arab population that will exceed the Jewish one in the next decade. The Greater Israel goal is now a busted flush, exposed for the wish-dream it always was. The only way of maintaining it would be by ethnic cleansing of Arabs, but any idea that the West would accept this is a non-starter. This reality is known full well to the Israeli government and politicians, but with electoral concerns foremost, nobody on the right wants to be the one to tell the Israeli people that the game is over. Netanyahu is basically fiddling while Rome burns, he needs to put an Olmert Mark 2 offer on the table and accept some border adjustments to bring the main settlements into Israel. That is the best that can now be achieved. But he will delay and delay to hang on to office, leaving it to a future PM to take the hard, inevitable but, in Zionist quarters, unpopular decision.
U.S. House Speaker Boehner brushes off call for his ouster (Reuters)
from the article: An unwelcome intro to the binational state