By Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2008
There is no longer a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Forget the endless arguments about who offered what and who spurned whom and whether the Oslo peace process died when Yasser Arafat walked away from the bargaining table or whether it was Ariel Sharon’s stroll through the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that did it in.
All that matters are the facts on the ground, of which the most important is that — after four decades of intensive Jewish settlement in the Palestinian territories it occupied during the 1967 war — Israel has irreversibly cemented its grip on the land on which a Palestinian state might have been created.
Sixty years after Israel was created and Palestine was destroyed, then, we are back to where we started: Two populations inhabiting one piece of land. And if the land cannot be divided, it must be shared. Equally.
This is a position, I realize, which may take many Americans by surprise. After years of pursuing a two-state solution, and feeling perhaps that the conflict had nearly been solved, it’s hard to give up the idea as unworkable.
Gaza plunged into darkness for the second night
11 May 2008
GAZA, (PIC)– For the second night running the Gaza Strip is plunged into darkness as the sole power station supplying electricity had to stop because the Israeli occupation has stopped supplying fuel necessary to run the station.
The disruption of the electricity supplies threatens the lives of new-born babies who need to be put in incubators, patients on ventilators or those dependent on dialysis machines as hospitals have very limited amounts of fuel to run their emergency generators.
The Energy Authority in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation refuses to supply it with the necessary fuel to run the main power station at the pretext of security issues at the supply terminal.