For decades the Israeli government's official position, at least in the international forums, has been that it is for a two-state solution to the crisis. That much-publicized view is, of course, for international consumption.
Facts in the ground always betrayed such assertions. Because, what the Zionist governments since the time of her foundation have been doing is very clear: it's called occupation and expansion as part of a very sinister colonial enterprise -‘Rhodes-style’ - in which the indigenous, the conquered, people are pushed to exit or to live a life of a subdued conquered people.
It was no accident that since 1967 after the occupation of the
West Bank the Zionist governments have
been doing everything to expand their settlement activities and thereby make a
mockery of the two-state solution. They made such a mess with the settlements
deep inside the West Bank that if today by some miracle the nuclear Brahmins of
our time and the UNSC were to unequivocally say that the Palestinians can have
their independent state in the moth-eaten West Bank and Gaza, it would be
impossible for even the most crafty statesmen to carry out the task of a
functioning state. That is how the Occupied
Territories look like today, thanks to
all the illicit money poured from the USA,
and the western world. In principle, the two-state solution has been made null
and void by the very apartheid framework of the Israeli governments - Likud and
non-Likud alike. That is the hard fact.
Still, however, the
government, the greatest benefactor of the state of Israel, continues to say that it believes
in finding a two-state solution to settle the old crisis.
Now, Tom Friedman, the Op/Ed columnist for the NY Times, is also saying that such a solution is impossible. He wrote last month in the New York Times: “It’s over, folks, so please stop sending the New York Times Op-Ed page editor your proposals for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians” (The Many Mideast Solutions,” February 10).
Friedman's above-mentioned piece is significant given the fact that as a Jew himself who believed in the dream of
Israel he has been one of the major voices of
the community that is heard both inside and outside the USA. As an
ardent Zionist his columns on the Middle East
have never been objective or unbiased. When it comes to the Palestine-Israel
conflict, he has always tried to belittle the war crimes of the state of Israel, often blaming others for their so-called
self-inflicted punishments carried out by the more powerful Israel. I have
been highly critical of his hypocritical views that attempted to find an excuse
for the unsupportable crimes of the rogue state. (Click, e.g., here or here, here or here and here or here.)
Friedman continues, "The next
U.S. president will have to deal with an Israel determined to permanently occupy all the
territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean
Sea, including where 2.5 million West Bank Palestinians
How did we get there? So many people stuck knives into the peace process it’s hard to know who delivered the mortal blow. Was it the fanatical Jewish settlers determined to keep expanding their footprint in the
West Bank and able to sabotage any Israeli politician or
army officer who opposed them? Was it right-wing Jewish billionaires, like
Sheldon Adelson, who used their influence to blunt any U.S.
congressional criticism of Bibi Netanyahu? Or was it Netanyahu, whose lust
to hold onto his seat of power is only surpassed by his lack of imagination to
find a secure way to separate from the Palestinians? Bibi won: He’s now a
historic figure — the founding father of the one-state solution."
So far so good! Then, in his all too familiar way, Friedman puts the blame on the Palestinian people, its Palestinian leadership and the resistance that has been fighting the apartheid state. That is where you can again discover his disingenuous self. He blames the weaker party for killing "the two-state solution". Gideon Levy could also smell the rotten rat in Tom's piece when he criticizes
Israel's position, " Israel never meant, not for a
moment, to reach the two-state solution. Israel is the strong party as well
as the occupier, so the blame cannot be divided between it and the weak,
occupied side. Nor can one settle for blaming Netanyahu, the settlers and
Adelson. Are all the others, from Shimon Peres through Tzipi Livni to Isaac
Herzog and Ehud Barak, any less guilty? And are most of the Israelis, who
enabled this situation to continue all these years with their indifference, any
Anyway, Tom is now for a one-state solution. The question he did not answer is what type of one-state? Will it be a state like the apartheid
in which the indigenous people are treated inferior to the settler community?
Or is it going to be a state with equal rights for all? After all, Israel can’t be
both Jewish and democratic at the same time with a sizable Palestinian people
that are non-Jewish. Every Israeli student knows that in a one-state formula,
which Friedman dreads, and I don’t blame him for his fear that the indigenous
people, in spite of being rendered a minority through a criminal process of
Jewish influx and forced exodus of the Palestinian people since the
illegitimate birth of the state of Israel, will one day become a majority which
is bound to change the Jewish characteristics of the apartheid state.
It is surely an outcome that Tom would rather see
Thus, he bemoans the current reality, which I must add was brought in by the
Israeli leaders and their extremist supporters within the settler community. He
sarcastically advises the presidential candidates in the US election: “Keep talking about the fantasy Middle East. I can always use a good bedtime story to
fall asleep. But get ready for the real thing. This is not your grandfather’s Israel anymore, it’s not your oil company’s Saudi Arabia anymore, it’s not your NATO’s Turkey anymore, it’s not your cabdriver’s Iran anymore and it’s not your radical chic
college professor’s Palestine
anymore. It’s a wholly different beast now, slouching toward Bethlehem.”
That is why one should read Tom’s article as the last ditch effort to save
from that catastrophic end! Either Israel stops her criminal activities and
finds a solution with the weaker Palestinian leadership for a two-state
solution, thereby maintaining her Jewish character, or continues to doing what
she has been doing to make it impossible for the viability of an independent
Palestine living side by side the Jewish state thereby leaving no option but to
settle for the hard reality of a one-state.
cannot be both democratic and Jewish in a one-state formula. She has to devolve
into fascism in which she has to use the tyranny of the Jewish majority (the
settlers and their descendants) to take the power away from the subdued
indigenous Palestinian people. Is it something that Jews around the globe
desire for Israel?
If we are all - Jews and non-Jews - serious about finding a just and peaceful solution to the old problem, it all boils down to stopping
from committing its apartheid crimes. That means BDS: boycott, divestment and
sanctions - the very formula that brought down South Africa's apartheid character.
That is the only non-violent way left for sobering the unruly, rogue Israel. As
Gideon Levy also noted: "The carrots have all been devoured by Israel,
only the sticks remain."
Let’s use this BDS stick. If
Israel cannot be sobered by such
punishment, may God help us all!