Thursday, February 5, 2009

The DEATH of the Two-State "Solution"

The relentless commitment to expanding Israeli settlements, deep into West Bank territory, has made the "two-state" proposal impossible. The only way now is for Palestinians to be made part of "one state", with equal citizen rights like Jewish immigrants.

Neither Arab Palestinians nor Israeli immigrants can "claim" the whole land for themselves, nor is it possible for each to have their own state. Israel must give up the fiction of giving lip-service to the "two-state" solution (so they can maintain "control" of "their own country".)

The sooner the US wakes up to this reality, the more focused will be our foreign policy. The following ATFP piece is from the President Mr. Zaid Asali. The ATFP (and countless others) are still commitmented to the "two-state" solution. But, IMHO, that option has been dead for a long time and the US must move on to helping all see that the "one-state" solution is truly the only option left: equal citizenship for all who live in that small territory, Your correspondent, JRK

Washington, DC, Feb. 4 –

The American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP) today warned that plans for a new Israeli settlement in the West Bank poses a serious threat to progress towards a peace agreement. The proposed new settlement in the so-called “Binyamin region” of the occupied West Bank is located to the east of the separation barrier and would violate both Israel’s Roadmap obligations and commitments by former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to former US President George W. Bush.

The new settlement, which has reportedly been approved by Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak would initially resettle settlers from the unauthorized settlement called Migron. Last week the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz revealed a secret Defense Ministry report on settlement activity that found that “in more than 30 settlements, extensive construction of buildings and infrastructure (roads, schools, synagogues, yeshivas and even police stations) has been carried out on private lands belonging to Palestinian West Bank residents” and that the actual scope and nature of settlement activity is not reflected in official Israeli government statistics.

ATFP President Ziad J. Asali said, “we are dismayed that the Israeli government is persisting with creating new settlements that it knows full well are the main obstacle to achieving an end-of-conflict agreement.” “Israel has clear obligations under the Roadmap, and many other instruments of international law including countless Security Council resolutions, not to continue to build or expand these illegal settlements,” he continued.

Dr. Asali called on President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use all the influence of the United States to ensure that the planned new settlement is not constructed and that Israel abides by its Roadmap obligations.