For many years the
The apparent alternative would be a single-state in which Israelis and Palestinians would live peacefully under the same government. This would avoid the sticky issue of who gets
If both two-states and one-state are impossible, does this mean there is no possible solution? Maybe not. It might just be possible to get Israelis and Palestinians to agree to join, jointly, the
Residents of the new state would be protected by the Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses. Free exercise of religion by Muslims, Jews and Christians would be guaranteed by the First Amendment. The huge resources devoted by Israelis and Palestinians to military preparedness could be redirected. Their economy would benefit by being an integral part of the larger American economy.
Adding Palestine-Israel as a state might be a hard sell here. Cultural, linguistic and religious differences, the fear of importing problems from a troubled area, opening the present
Much would depend on the details. To avoid looking like empire-building we should add the new state only if substantial majorities of Israelis and of Palestinians, in separate referendums, approved. We must make it clear to other countries in the area that we seek good relations and are not interested in taking over more local real estate.
Before the end of the South African apartheid regime, I once shocked a panel discussion by proposing that
Does anyone see a deKlerk or a Mandela in the current