223. Palestinian state is the best solution

Should George Poline’s letter of Jan. 24 [222]be characterized as emotional or irrational? He asserts that “any Palestinian state is a sure-fire recipe for violence.” We don’t know that. What we do know, however, is that the absence of a Palestinian state is a sure-fire recipe for violence because we are witnessing that. His solution is to reoccupy the Palestinian “Autonomy Zones,” a sure recipe for continued violence.

Without a Palestinian state Israel is doomed to remain an apartheid state. Yossi Beilin wrote the following in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth of Jan. 21: “Demographic forecasts showed that within eight years the number of Palestinians west of the River Jordan would be greater than the number of Jews.” Rational Jews of Israel see the demographic problem while Israel’s apologists in this country, whether Jews or not, seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that if Israel continuous on this slippery slope it will end up being a pariah state.

Mr Poline's doubts about "whether there was ever a real strategic or moral basis for proposing Palestinian statehood” are shortsighted and reprehensible. Shortsighted because it is in Israel’s long-term interest that a Palestinian state be established where Palestinians can feel at home. Reprehensible because it is morally wrong to keep a growing population of 3 million Palestinians under indefinite military occupation.

The choice is Israel’s: whether it wants to join the community of nations or remain the sole occupying power in the world with a war criminal at the helm.

February 15, 2002