I don’t believe for a moment that Benjamin Netanyahu really believes in the two-state solution. He says he does, but I don’t believe him.
The reason? As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Netanyahu has shown himself to be the antithesis of the two-state solution. Before the current round of violence began, Mahmoud Abbas was cooperating with Israel in the all-important field of security. Co-operation from his forces was unprecedented. And what did he get for it? a slap in the face, in the form of settlement expansions. In fact settlement expansion between 2009 and 2014 surged under Netanyahu. So while Abbas tried to work with us, the Netanyahu government worked against him.
Meanwhile some people are proposing a “one state” solution as an alternative: Palestinians and Israelis living together in a single state, under one government.
Now let me repeat that again: Palestinians and Israelis living together in a single state, under one government.
Do you have any idea what that would be like? Let me tell you: infinitely more bloodshed and violence than anything we have seen before. And in case you don’t believe me, just watch this video below. Its very accurate.
Netanayahu and his chum Naftali Bennet, the man who has advocated annexing the largest parts of the West Bank (area C-60% of the West Bank) are inadvertently taking us towards the one state solution. No one is saying trying to reach peace will mean you will get peace. But whats more dangerous is doing nothing, or worst, strengthening extremists by expanding settlements and giving Palestinians in the West Bank no incentive whatsoever to work with us, because lets face it, when they did, instead of helping them we hurt them.
I, as a Jew and as an Israeli deserve to have my own state where all of its citiziens live in equality, no matter which race, religion or sex they belong to, as per our declaration of independence.
The Palestinians also deserve to have their own state, next to mine. Two states, for two peoples.
And unless we try, and I emphasize try, to reach some kind of an agreement, two things will be sure: the Palestinians will not have a state, and more importantly (to me), I will no longer have a state either. Or if I have one it will be the reincarnation of Apartheid South Africa. And we all know what happened to that.