Would a One-State Solution Work for Israel?

Thursday, February 27, 2014 |  Ryan Jones

Opponents of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are often asked what alternative they would propose, assuming that the status quo is unsustainable. The simple answer for many has been to propose a one-state solution whereby Israel annexes Judea and Samaria and grants the Arabs living there Israeli citizenship.

That was precisely the argument offered by Israeli human rights lawyer Calev Myers, who has done much to defend Israel’s Messianic community, in a recent debate on i24News (see video below).

Myers stated that there is little to no hope of a genuine, comprehensive and long-lasting peace agreement with the current Palestinian leadership. As such, Israel should incorporate Judea and Samaria into sovereign Israel and grant citizenship and full voting and civil rights to every Palestinian Arab living there.

As a caveat, Myers explained that this solution could not include the Gaza Strip, which is already devoid of Jews and ruled by a radical Islamist terrorist organization. Instead, Gaza and its 1.5 million inhabitants would become an independent Palestinian state, which would negate arguments that annexing the currently-disputed territories would demographically shift Israel’s population too much in favor of the Arabs.

Myers argued that increasing the size of Israel’s Arab minority to 30 percent of the population by annexing Judea and Samaria would not pose a demographic threat.

Others supporting a one-state solution have made the same argument before, noting that when David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence in 1948, the Jews were not a majority west of the Jordan River. Demographics in this region change rapidly and often, especially with the ingathering of the Jews still in full swing.

Watch Myer’s debate on i24News:

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