Saree Makdisi: Forget the two-state solution | Gaza plunged into darkness for the second night

Israelis and Palestinians must share the land. Equally.

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.

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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.

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4 Responses to Saree Makdisi: Forget the two-state solution | Gaza plunged into darkness for the second night

  1. Makdisi is just another apologist for the Israeli land grab, as far as I can see.

    I’ve heard other people advance the so-called one-state solution. The Palistinians won’t accept it- not for a moment.

    Sharon already demonstrated in Gaza that the settlers can be evicted without great drama, and while it will take longer on the West Bank, it can be done there too.

    Any time anybody argues based on “the facts on the ground” they’re arguing for capitulation on the part of the Palistinians.

  2. Diane Warth says:

    Israelis have never accepted the so-called two-state solution and act aggressively to destroy any inkling for one. Your suggestion that two states can and should be created – how is Makdisi “an apologist for the Israeli land grab” but not you?

  3. Hi Diane Warth,
    maybe I shouldn’t call Makdisi an apologist for the Israeli land grab– you will note I did qualify it.

    Nevertheless, irrespective of the motives of persons advocating a one state solution, the settlements on the West Bank need to be removed.

    That’s the only way I can imagine that the Palistinians will accept any kind of final status, as opposed to acquiescing to the “facts on the ground”, which just means squeezing the Palistinians into more and more congested ghettos. Why should the Palistinians accept this?

    A friend of mine once asked if I thought there would ever be peace in the middle east– I told him I thought that maybe, when the US is broke and no longer capable of intervening on behalf of Israel, or when the mideast ran out of oil then it might be possible.

    Naturally I would like to believe something positive and enduring could happen sooner, or even without requiring US insolvency. But I do know that the consensus view in the Arab world is to return to the pre-67 borders, and I don’t believe the Palistinians would accept anything less.

  4. Diane Warth says:

    Saree Makdisi doesn’t demand that “facts on the ground” be accepted by Palestinians – whether Jewish-only settlements, roads or rules – rather that the land be equally shared. If the argument resonates as flawed should Makdisi be faulted for believing in moral imperatives or should those who trample them daily be in the hot seat?

    I think there are as many beliefs as there are people. The consensus you mention has never seemed to me more than a bargaining chip of those whose only real concerns are personal finances.

    No peace unless the U.S. goes broke and oil runs out? Aren’t you and Makdisi making the same argument but you’ve taken it on a fatalistic rather than optimistic spin around the block?

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