"There is no denying, however, that settlement construction, Palestinian disunity, and other factors are fast rendering the two-state concept impracticable. I say this with profound regret, as someone who still believes that two independent states would provide Israelis and Palestinians with their best chance for a future of freedom, justice, security and well-being."I hear this all the time both on the Huffington Post and elsewhere. That time is running out for the two state solution and when settlements pass "X" where "X" is some number, then the two state solution will become impossible!!!!!!!
But when you look at that line of thinking, it just doesn't make any sense, and it never has. Who cares how far the settlements expand? The solution to them will always remain the same: The ones too far into the West Bank will be removed and the ones on the edge will be swapped out (or not) but they certainly won't be removed. That was the plan going back all the way to the 1990s and I see no reason at all to conclude that the circumstances have made it impossible.
"Aha," you may say, "but what if the settlements within the West Bank are too large to be removed? What happens then!" In that case the situation remains obvious: The Palestinians stop being racist and let Jews live in their country. Nobody needs to move anywhere. The only thing that would need to change would be Palestinian attitudes toward Jews. If the settlers don't want to become Palestinian citizens, they can leave. If they don't want to leave or become Palestinian citizens, a solution would have to be implemented that would be more reasonable than causing millions of people to relocate on both sides of the line.
When you look at it the presence of settlements cannot and will not ever cause "the death of the two state solution." Not as long as bulldozers exist and there is the tiniest hope that Palestinians can become more open minded than their leaders. But in that case why do so many people go around pushing this strawman, from both sides of the political spectrum?
I think that it is simply because they want it to be true, as Wizard's First Rule would agree. Bradley Burston wants his readers to believe that if they don't act now and vote Netanyahu out of power now and pressure their government to make concessions now that this fragile opportunity for peace will be lost. He wants to scare Israelis into signing up for his politics using this "death of the two state solution" as a stick for if they don't. It's hardly a new technique for politicians or activists, on the left or the right. As for our usual anti-Zionists friends, they also want it to be true. They think that if they can just not make peace for a while longer, than they will get that "one state solution" and death of Jewish freedom that they've always been hoping for, regardless of the facts.
If someone would like to correct me, I'm always open to suggestion. But I really think this viewpoint is missing key logical steps, so if anyone wants to see where I've been led astray please do so. But I don't think I have been.