The Christian Science Monitor has what has to be the most singularly idiotic piece on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I’ve ever read. The essential thesis is that there can’t be a two-state solution, so there should be a one-state solution on the order of South Africa.
This sounds like something out of a freshman IR class. It’s an idea that completely ignores the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A one-state solution would result in the complete and utter destruction of Israel. The Palestinians would use Israeli’s democratic infrastructure to institute shari’a and expel the Jews – assuming that they would accept such a solution at all. The whole point of the idea of "the right of return" is that the Palestinians would use numbers to eradicate any hopes of a Jewish state in the Middle East
Moreover, the comparison between South Africa and Israel is also inaccurate and simpleminded. Blacks in South Africa had not been engaging in genocidal terrorism against whites. Blacks in South Africa were not trying to remove all whites from the African continent. Blacks in South Africa weren’t preaching a philosophy of absolute destruction. The idea that the Palestinians would have a Truth and Reconciliation Council is laughable when they have continually expressed a goal of genocide by any means possible. Political integration is just another means to that end.
A one-state solution is a solution that would invariable lead to the demographic destruction of Israel and create another failed state in the Middle East. It is beyond naive to assume that a one-state solution is possible or desirable. In the end, the only solution is one that preserves the Israelis right of self determination and allows the Palestinians to suceed and fail on their own merits. Comparing the Israeli-Palestinian situation to South Africa is a comparison that ignores the fundamental realities behind the conflict and the fact that integration is impossible when one side has the express goal of eliminating the other.