The name of the leader of Libya, معمر القذافي (which I am not gonna try to render in English because there are about eleven options, none of them correct), appeared as the author of The One-State Solution, an op-ed in the New York Times this week. I don’t believe that he actually wrote it, because he’s a well-known moonbat and the piece is actually sort of coherent. The ghost-writer says: Give up on the idea of a two-state solution for the Israel/Palestine conundrum; there’s one country there and they’re all citizens.
His arguments, as I said, are not crazy. But he left one out: the fact that there may be no other options left. For one lengthy but eloquent explanation, check out this Charlie Rose interview with Bob Simon, and I’ve previously linked to Gershom Gorenberg’s The Other Housing Crisis. Shorter version: the Israeli settler movement deliberately set out to make a two-state solution impossible, and apparently they’ve won. Israel’s current government is entirely unwilling to curb settlement expansion, and its citizens are apparently about to vote in an even harder-line coalition.
So, the options are pretty stark. Given that the settlements are permanent, and that they make a viable West-Bank state impossible, Israel either goes on governing the Palestinians in an arrangement that increasingly smells like apartheid, or they let ’em into the country.
In the fullness of time, either the rest of the world forces a solution down the combatants’ throats, or we’re looking at another Holocaust; with no clarity which side provides the victims.
[Update:] This meme is gathering force, see for example last Sunday’s Sixty Minutes. The most interesting question is, why is this news story only being reported in the mainstream now, when it may well be too late?