The so-called “single-state solution” would mean the death of Israel as a Jewish state. No wonder the Jordanian P. M. Omar Razzaz supports it. The story is here.
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Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said his country could possibly back a single Israeli-Palestinian state, if it offered equal rights to all citizens….
“You close the door to the two-state solution, I could very well look at this positively, if we’re clearly opening the door to a one-state democratic solution,” Razzaz said.
“But nobody in Israel is talking about that, and so we cannot just sugar-coat what they’re doing,” Razzaz said. “Who’s talking about the one-state solution in Israel? They’re talking about apartheid in every single sense.”
“I challenge anybody from Israel to say yes, let’s end the two-state solution, it’s not viable,” he said. “But let’s work together on a one-state democratic solution. That, I think, we will look at very favorably. But closing one and wishful thinking about the other is just self-deception.”…
No one is Israel is saying the “two-state solution” is not viable. Many Israelis support the “two-state solution” as set out by the Trump Administration. What they do not accept is a “two-state solution” that would squeeze Israel back within the 1949 armistice lines – for they believe that such an outcome would be intolerable. It would not sate, but whet, Arab appetites for another assault on Israel. The Israelis are willing to give up some territory that is theirs by right, but not willing to commit national suicide.
That “one-state democratic solution” Omar Razzaz looks forward to implementing would mean the end of the Jewish state. 1.8 million Palestinians now live in Gaza, 2 million in the West Bank, and 2 million in Israel. Were there to be one state, that would mean nearly 6 million Palestinian Arabs would live in the same state with 6.8 million Jews. Given the higher Arab fertility rates, Palestinian Arabs would soon outnumber Jews. The “democratic” state would then be governed by an Arab majority. And how would the Jews in that “one-state” then keep many more Palestinian Arabs from “returning” to “Palestine”?
An Israeli annexation, Razzaz said, is “ushering in a new apartheid state” that could destabilize and radicalize the region.
There would be no “apartheid” state if the Israelis extend their sovereignty to 30% of the West Bank, as the Trump Plan envisions. There is no apartheid in Israel now, and the same policies would remain in place for whatever part of the West Bank is formally made part of Israel. Arabs sit in the Knesset, serve on the Supreme Court, represent Israel as ambassadors abroad, even serve – but only if they wish – in the IDF, where Arabs have attained the rank of major. In Israel, Jews and Arabs go to school together, study together in universities, work in the same businesses and government offices, are treated in the same hospitals by both Jewish and Arab doctors and nurses, visit the same libraries and museums, go to the same sporting events, eat in the same restaurants. How does any of this smack of “apartheid”?
“The way we see it, anything short of a viable two-state solution is going to push not just Jordan, not just Palestine, not just Israel, but the region and the world into chaos,” he said, speaking in Amman.
Razzaz’s attempt to instill fear – an argumentum in terrorem – is absurd. The Palestinians are not the center of the universe, as Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies seem to think. They are no longer even of much concern to the Arabs, who have many other things to worry about, including three ongoing civil wars in Yemen, Libya, and Syria, mass famine in Yemen, an economy in ruins in Lebanon, where the terror group Hezbollah has essentially seized power, the destabilization of Iraq by Iranian-backed militias, the Turkish troops that have now invaded two Arab countries (Syria and Libya) and intend to remain, the jihadis in the Sinai who attack Egyptian troops, the Iranian attacks both on oil tankers in the Gulf, and on oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Arab boycott of Qatar, the Shi’a protests against the Sunni ruler of Bahrain, and much, much more. When the Saudi Crown Prince told Abbas to accept whatever deal the Americans offered, he was expressing widespread Arab exasperation with the Palestinians and their unwillingness to deal, and with their endless demands for financial, diplomatic, and other forms of support from the other Arabs, demands that those Arabs are ever less inclined to satisfy.
There will be worldwide “chaos,” according to Razzaz, if a “viable two-state solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict is not found. This in terrorem threat is absurd. With each passing year, the Arabs exhibit a diminished interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict which, back in 1948, was indeed the focus of their attention, and remained so through the defeats of the Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. But almost a half-century has passed, and the Arabs have other concerns. No “chaos,” not even locally, will be felt if the Arab-Israeli conflict is not “solved.” In fact, the current status quo might suit the Israelis and their Arab allies – those who cooperate with Israel in opposing both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood — just fine. For there is no permanent “solution” to the conflict which, rightly understood, should be comprehended as an endless Jihad. The only way to prevent open warfare is for Israel to remain sufficiently strong to discourage Arab aggression. This policy of deterrence worked for America during the Cold War, and will work for Israel now.
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