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To Bibi: The Time Has Come (for One Democratic State)

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Second, only ODS could realistically implement Palestinian refugees' inalienable right to return to their homes in Israel, the sine qua non of resolving the conflict: 70+ percent of the majority native population of historic Palestine were dispossessed and ethnically cleansed in 1947-1949, facts affirmed by many historians, including Jewish Israeli historians, like Ilan Pappe and Benny Morris. This dispossession continues as territory like East Jerusalem, the Naqab are Judaized.

But return doesn't mean pushing Jewish-Israelis "into the sea." Among plans offered for a regulated return for those choosing so, the most detailed is from Salmon Abu-Sitta: the majority of current Israeli residents would experience no displacement, since 80% of Jewish-Israelis live in about 15% of the country; the majority of refugees could return to vacant or underpopulated areas from which they came.;

Third, the international political tide is growing against Israeli oppression of Palestinians especially through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement whose recent support came from the Presbyterian Church, USA among others. Moreover, recent polls indicate that Americans of different backgrounds may be ahead of Jewish and US leaders on Israel-Palestine.

In a December 5, 2014 survey of Americans by the Brookings Institute, when asked about their preferred solution to the conflict, 34% said "One (democratic) state"--up from 24% a year ago, while 39% supported "Two states." Significantly, when asked if the two-state solution were not possible, a whopping 71% of Americans polled favored one state in which Palestinians and Jews were equal, over a state where a Jewish majority were sustained and Jews were privileged over Palestinian citizens. And (take note President Obama), of those favoring this ODS solution, 84% were Democrats.

Israel-Palestine, as "one, apartheid state," is not sustainable. For decades, American taxpayers have underwritten unequivocal US support for Israel even as it violates international law and corrupts American values of equality before the law.

Now, with Netanyahu's rejection of a Palestinian state, there is a real opportunity for a just, lasting peace.

To start, Palestinians should participate only in negotiations toward forming this multi-cultural democracy--one Israel-Palestine, so crucial amidst the maelstrom that's now the Middle East. Such a democratic "light unto the nations" has never been needed more.

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Justine McCabe earned doctorates in cultural anthropology (area specialty, Middle East) and psychology which she practices in New Milford. CT. She's worked in Lebanon, Iran and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and is a former co-chair of the (more...)

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