The current war in the Gaza Strip is making me more and more convinced that the only feasible long-term solution is one state rather than the ubiquitous two-state solution.
It’s clear that Israel won’t accept rocket attacks from Gaza or the West Bank (and rightly so – no country would), but it’s also clear that the hate that many Palestinians feel to Israel is so great that there will often be Palestinian governments that won’t crack down on militants, so any two-state solution is likely to lead to frequent invasions of Palestinian territory by Israel.
Also, the fact that Gaza and the West Bank are separated by Israeli territory and are probably too small to be a feasible state doesn’t make it better.
The single state I have in mind would look like this:
I’m not entirely sure whether the best solution would be a unitary state, or whether a more federal solution – perhaps a bit like Switzerland – would work better.
But that’s the kind of details that can be worked out once the one-state principle has been agreed on.
Update (15/1): See this blog posting in the NY Times.