Watching the events onIsrael’s Northern borders unfold yesterday, I was filled with trepidation. The pictures of thousands of Palestinian refugees storming the fences were a frightening foretaste of what’s to come. It has long been clear that the path of mass civil disobedience and non-violent resistance would be a much more successful route for Palestinian protest to adopt. Faced with tens of thousands of unarmed protestors,Israelwould have a hard time maintaining order, as we saw only too clearly yesterday.
I have long been tearing my hair out over the complete lack of a coherent right-wing plan. They say there’s no Palestinian partner, they refuse to stop building settlements, they say they won’t withdraw from the West Bank. There are a lot of things they say ‘no’ to. But what’s the ‘yes’. What’s the plan, guys? Tell people your destination so that they can decide if that’s where they want to go. I personally am still in favour of a two-state solution. That’s why I believe we have to sit down now, before it’s too late, and hammer out a peace agreement, however hard and painful that may be.
It seems the right-wing may have moved over to the bi-national state solution: hence the proposal apparently to be put before the Knesset by two Likud MK’s, Ze’ev Elkin and Miri Regev, in response to the Palestinian declaration of Independence. They propose annexing the West Bank and making it part ofIsrael. So that’s the plan? We’re going to annex the West Bank and make nearly 2.5 million Palestinians citizens of Israel? I personally would prefer two states, so that we’ll still have a Jewish state. That’s what I came here for.
Or are we going to annex the West Bank and not grant citizenship, officially making us into an Apartheid state. Or are we, God forbid, planning to go the ethnic cleansing route and expel the Palestinians? Those are two options I’m not prepared to live with.
If we don’t have a plan and take some initiative, we will be forced to react to events as they unfold. Yesterday’s experiences suggest that may not be the best way to go. Time is not on Israel’s side. As the pace of change around us increases, attempting to maintain the status quo and avoid being swept away by the tides of change becomes increasingly difficult. WHAT’S THE PLAN?