Oh, the hysteria that gripped the proud Jewish nation. Prime Minister Yair Lapid dared say the forbidden words “two states for two peoples.” It was as though he spoke the explicit name of God aloud. Drums rolled. After all, the detractors said, it’s technically impossible. We’d have to evict at least 150,000, maybe 200,000 settlers. A guaranteed civil war. A rift not seen since the biblical kingdom was sundered into Israel and Judah.

It is also clear that the other side will establish a terror state. We saw what happened in Gaza. And anyway, what about the grand vision? What about the divine promise? There is no other way, we must have a binational state. Yes, it will officially be an apartheid state, but without occupation. The millions of Palestinians to be annexed will be required to pass a battery of tests, lasting for years, to prove their loyalty, which they will of course fail to do. The Arab citizens of Israel are proof positive of that.

Instead of an occupation, which is still subject in some measure to international law, we will have direct Israeli control and oppression, without the mediation of the Palestinian Authority. Nor will there be any need for security coordination, and the IDF, police and Shin Bet will be free to operate anywhere, without the pesky distinctions between areas A, B and C – just like today. Annexed Palestinians may receive national insurance stipends and perhaps even the local health clinics will consent to open branches in Nablus, Jenin and Hebron, but new Palestinian apartments and houses will not be built. The Kaminitz Law will see to that.

They won’t be able to vote or be elected to Knesset until they prove that they deserve citizenship, and their options of moving into Israel will be limited, for a binational state cannot leave a defensive barrier bisecting its heart. Instead, there will be countless checkpoints erected, and buses will be equipped with sensitive, accurate Identification devices. And that’s before we’ve mentioned the blockade on Gaza, which will be an inseparable part of the binational state, or the immense costs of maintaining the public services, education, welfare and healthcare, which are now shouldered by the Palestinian Authority but will become items in the state’s budget.

But leaving the horrifying technical aspects aside, the question is what kind of Jewish and democratic state will the new half Muslim, half Jewish entity be. Even now, the Jewish state is characterized by the systematic crushing of its democratic features. The main reason is not right-wing rule or Benjamin Netanyahu’s war for personal survival. This is a decades-long process, in which the Jewish state has rebuilt itself around a skeleton created by the settlers.

First they used the state as scaffolding upon which to effectively build their own state. They enlisted the IDF as a private protection force, robbed and stole land not their own and streamed tens of thousands of citizens across the border to create the Jewish enclaves. Then they foisted their preferred set of laws upon the state, and finally fashioned its Judaism and loyalty to it by the settlement test. Religious indoctrination in the education system and public sphere, fighting against public transport on Shabbat, separating boys and girls – all these were marginalized compared to the theory that “Judaism equals settlement.”

When Lapid speaks of two states for two peoples, he is still dreaming of the Jewish state being able to reclaim its attributes as they were, prior to decaying and crumbling within the “settlement enterprise.” He refrains from drawing the ideological boundaries between the mother-state and the monster it has birthed. He attributes the difficulty in realizing the “two states” to political impossibility, but ignores the fact that this impossibility was born because of the hostile takeover of the State of Israel by the state of the settlements. They stole the building blocks of democracy from it. Whoever desires two states must return to the state what was stolen, and those who desire a Jewish state must redefine its Judaism.

The millions of Palestinians to be annexed will be required to pass a battery of tests, lasting for years, to prove their loyalty, which they will of course fail to do.

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28.09.2022

Oh, the hysteria that gripped the proud Jewish nation. Prime Minister Yair Lapid dared say the forbidden words “two states for two peoples.” It was as though he spoke the explicit name of God aloud. Drums rolled. After all, the detractors said, it’s technically impossible. We’d have to evict at least 150,000, maybe 200,000 settlers. A guaranteed civil war. A rift not seen since the biblical kingdom was sundered into Israel and Judah.

It is also clear that the other side will establish a terror state. We saw what happened in Gaza. And anyway, what about the grand vision? What about the divine promise? There is no other way, we must have a binational state. Yes, it will officially be an apartheid state, but without occupation. The millions of Palestinians to be annexed will be required to pass a battery of tests, lasting for years, to prove their loyalty, which they will of course fail to do. The Arab citizens of Israel are proof positive of that.

Instead of an occupation, which is still subject in some measure to international law, we will have direct Israeli........

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