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Endgame

By: Noam Sheizaf, Ha'aretz

15.07.2010

 

The leading article of Ha’aretz weekend supplement describes an increase in voices on the right side of the Israeli political spectrum calling for a one-state solution as opposed to the Geneva Initiative which is perceived as heading the school of thought advocating a two-state solution.
 
In illustrating voices on the right the article refers to Uri Elitzur, former chairman of the Yesha Council of Settlements and Netanyahu's bureau chief in his first term as prime minister on the issue. The writer goes on to explain that “a year ago, in a seminar sponsored by the Geneva Initiative group, Uri Elitzur astonished an audience of parliamentary assistants with pointed, clear remarks about the desirable political framework. ‘The worst solution,’ he said, ‘is apparently the right one: a binational state, full annexation, full citizenship’.”
 
In illustrating voices supporting a different thesis – that of the two-sate solution – the article refers to Geneva Initiative Co-Architect, Yossi Beilin and to Geneva Initiative’s Director-General on the Israeli side, Gadi Baltiansky who is stated as saying: “the right should not delude itself: one Jewish state will not be a solution, but a continuation of the conflict. There will be fights over the flag and over the anthem and over the school curriculum, and the situation will be untenable."
 
In relating to the argument Dr. Beilin is quoted as saying: “The moment the territory is annexed (i.e. a one state solution is implemented) you’ll have to institute an apartheid regime in order to preserve the state’s Jewish character, and then you might as well close down the Ashdod port and the airport, because that would spell the end of our connection with the world. And if there’s no apartheid, then it simply won’t be a Jewish state. And I’m not interested in living in a state that isn’t Jewish”. Beilin added that “It’s not too late… Abu Mazen is currently proposing a solution that is nearly identical to the Geneva Initiative”.