Originally Posted by MrFalafel' date='13 June 2010 - 08:19 AM' timestamp='1276431567' post='2657240
All of this trouble and strife in this region would end if Israel simply granted full citizenship to all Palestinians. Take down the ridiculous wall imprisoning people in Gaza and let Palestinians live together with Israelis and work out their differences in the Knesset. Palestinians could elect their own political representatives to the political structure.
Just as white South Africa made all kinds of excuses for denying blacks the vote in the last days of apartheid, Israel is floundering in their last days of apartheid. Just let all the people, no matter what race or religion, have a vote and the trouble begins to stop.
It really is as simple as that.
I agree, rather than a two state solution Israel should annex
Gaza and the West Bank outright - but on the basis that all Palestinians, those living not only in Gaza and the West Bank but everyone they expelled from their homeland
including those in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, should be granted citizenship.
But they should be given equal
citizenship, not the second class apartheid citizenship that Israeli Arabs have now, where the Jewish Agency owns almost all the land and leases it out to Jewish people but not to Arab citizens of Israel. They would have to abolish all forms of racism and theocracy, such as the Jewish Agency, religious based marriages that prevent intermarriage, and unequal immigration rights for Jewish people and Arabs and others.
But this solution to the conflict, an Israel/Palestine without racism, with democracy instead of the current caste system, would be unacceptable to most supports of Israel, because it would mean that Israel could no longer be a state based on Jewish legal superiority and racism. The loss of special privileges and discrimination would mean to them, the "destruction of the Jewish state", which is actually worse to many than killing real people, especially if those people are Palestinian.