Saturday, November 15, 2008


In Israel, Avraham Burg, former speaker of the Knesset, recently warned that if Israel wishes to preserve what little democracy it still has, it must either
  • withdraw to its pre-1967 boundaries or
  • grant full citizenship to the approximately 3.5 million Palestinians in the occupied territories,
a step that would spell the virtual end of the Jewish state.

Meron Benvenisti, the former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, has pronounced the
  • two-state approach "inapplicable" to the problem of Israel and Palestine and is
  • calling for a single binational state based on Arab-Jewish equality.

In the United States the historian Tony Judt, declaring the Middle East peace process a dead letter in The New York Review of Books, says that the very idea of
  • a Jewish state has become an "anachronism" in a multicultural world in which citizenship is increasingly separated from race, religion and ethnicity.
  • "In today's 'clash of cultures' between open, pluralist democracies and belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno-states," he adds,

  • '"Israel actually risks falling into the wrong camp."

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