Israelis Leftists Say Two-State Solution is Dead

Sunday, March 27, 2016 |  Ryan Jones

US President Barack Obama and much of the international community blame Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of a peace deal with the Palestinians. But even leading left-wing politicians admit it’s more complicated than that, and that a two-state solution is simply no longer viable.

“We have reached the point in time when there is no feasibility for the two-state solution,” said Zionist Union (Labor) MK Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin during a visit to the Etzion Bloc of Jewish settlements that she insisted “is a consensus in my party.”

Still, even without birthing a Palestinian state and while retaining control of large Jewish settlement blocs, Nahmias-Verbin believes Israel must find a way to separate from the Palestinians.

“We need to create a security solution and that for my party the separation is that solution,” she told Israel National News.

For Nahmias-Verbin and her party chief, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, the bottom line is that “we live with many Arabs, and we must find a way to co-exist.”

But for most Israelis, their vague vision of separation without enabling a hostile Palestinian state leaves many questions to be answered.

  1. Do they really believe the Palestinian leadership will take part in a bilateral separation that leaves Israel in control of large Jewish settlements?
  2. Do they really believe that the Palestinian leadership will relinquish its claims to Jerusalem?
  3. Do they really believe that both the Palestinians and the international community won’t treat this separation as the birth of a sovereign Palestinian state?
  4. Do they really believe true separation is maintainable should Palestinian groups continue to carry out terrorist attacks?
  5. Do they really believe the world will accept “separation” in lieu of a full-fledged two-state solution?

Many Israelis fear that the more likely outcome will be a situation mirroring what happened after Israel “separated” from the Gaza Strip.

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