Sunday, January 08, 2017
It's Time to Call the "Two State" Option What It Is - a Convenient Ruse
Much as we might wish otherwise, this "two state" ruse can't go on forever. With every theft of land from the Palestinian territory, Israel is serving notice that it has no interest in handing the territories it has illegally occupied back to some Arab.
Our complicity is based on pretending that "two state" solution is still a thing. We pretend, fully knowing better, that it could actually happen. We pretend that the Palestinians could someday see that land returned to them.
Much hinges on keeping that pretence alive. If we accept reality we also have to accept that Israel is an apartheid state which, in reality, it absolutely is. Of course if we have to accept that Israel is an apartheid state, the fiction that it's a democracy flies straight out the window. Our main justification for so unreservedly supporting Israel is the fanciful notion that it is the only democracy in the Middle East. There you have it - a fictional construct of one layer atop another atop yet another. Were it not so well practiced for so many years, it would strain credulity to the breaking point.
Even the United States has shown that the decades-old ruse is no longer defensible. Secretary of state, John Kerry, made that plain when he spoke bluntly saying that Israel can either be a Jewish state or a democracy but not both. Put another way, Israel can be a democracy or else just another theocracy is a region chock full of backward, monotheistic states constantly at war with or preparing for war with each other.
To a "postnational state" like Canada, that should seem utterly alien.