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Israeli Minister: ‘Bi-national state does not necessarily mean one man-one vote’

Friday’s Makor Rishon, a right-wing Israeli newspaper, ran a feature on the Israeli reaction to Palestinian threats of either demanding a democratic bi-national state in the whole of Mandatory Palestine or unilaterally declaring a Palestinian State in the 1967 borders. Minister  of Information and Diaspora, Yuli Edelstein, of Netanyahu’s Likud party, was quoted as saying that he doesn’t see a bi-national state as a threat because it doesn’t necessarily imply full voting rights for the Palestinian population.


Excerpt from “And if the Palestinians declare a state”, Makor Rishon Political Supplement, November 13 2009 [page 8]

Yuli Edelstein thinks that the bi-national scenario will not pose a substantial problem for Israel. “It’s a threat that was always waved but there a thousand and one intermediate paths and examples from all over the world that stray from the principle of ‘one man – one vote.” There are all kinds of federations and confederations and other varied arrangements that can provide an answer to the right to vote.”

If this is the line of strategic thinking prevalent among the Israeli right-wing elite, it may help explain why the Jerusalem Post’s hardliner columnist, Caroline Glick, started advocating, also on Friday, the ‘integration of the West Bank’s Palestinian population into Israeli society.’

Jerusalem Post

As Netanyahu knows, there is consensus support among Israelis for his plan to ensure that the country retains defensible borders in perpetuity. This involves establishing permanent Israeli control over the Jordan Valley and the large Jewish population blocs in Judea and Samaria. In light of the well-recognized failure of the two-state solution [horse feathers edited cause I just ate my dinner] … Israel should strike out on a new course and work toward the integration of Judea and Samaria, including its Palestinian population, into Israeli society. In the first instance, this will require the implementation of Israeli law in the Jordan Valley and the large settlement blocs.

[h/t Grumpy Old Man]

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  1. Assaf
    November 17, 2009 at 01:00

    First time a friend sent me a Caroline Glick column a couple of years ago, I was sure she was some bitter, not very bright, poorly-informed old lady who immigrated from America. Why even bother reading her?

    Now that her pretty picture is up on the JPost site, I see that I was wrong. The lack of information and poor analytical skills are probably due to her youth.

    In her style, Glick is now another classic addition to a new and ugly phenomenon in political commentary: far-right women commentators and politicians whose atrocious thinking skills and rabid, often incoherent hate-speech are tolerated mostly because of their attractive looks.

    The prime examples are from America of course: Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin come to mind. But we Israelis are now “proud” to have at least two local copycats in Tzipi Hotuvelli and Caroline Glick.

  1. November 15, 2009 at 23:01

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