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Reader comment on item: What Is Israel's Next Move In The New Middle East?
in response to reader comment: Deciciveness and Determination

Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), May 5, 2011 at 12:05

What about the vote? The annexation would create a one-state solution with Jews and Arabs in a near 50-50 ratio. What would elections hold? How could Israel maintain its Jewish character? Israel can be Jewish or democratic under the scenario you suggest but not both. Israel wants to be democratic and allowing democracy only for the Jews would be a form of apartheid. The Carters would be proven right only by such an annexation. This is why the annexation has not happened since 1967. The annexation, to speak frankly, must be accompanied by moving the Arab population across the Jordan. That means war. It wasn't done in '67 and it's too late now. Israel must settle for major losses of '67 territory, hold on to a unified Jerusalem and prepare for war to continue to exist in its present boundaries. Look on the bright side. The Jewish Agency for Palestine accepted a much smaller state in 1937 and 1947 too, both of which the Arabs rejected.


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