A Practical Solution

January 28, 2013

This analysis by Calev Myers is one of the best I’ve read on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This practical solution is feasible, practical, and reasonable. And it’s very close to the idea put forward by Naftali Bennet, who got 12 seats in the latest elections, and was unfairly stamped as a radical extremist by the foreign media.

The op-ed by Calev Myers:


Naftali Bennet’s plan:



  1. Hardly a ‘practical solution’. What kind of sovereignty would the Palestinians ‘enjoy’ while surrounded by another state that controls entry, ext, water and a monopoly on military power. A glance at the map will show that ‘Palestine’ would exist as a series of ‘cantons’ with their economic development controlled, as now, by Israel. This ‘solution’ is neither practical nor is it just.

    • The problem with your stance is that there is no solution with that approach. The Palestinian leadership has proved that they are not capable of running a democratic unified government that respects human rights and freedom of speech. Do you suggest we just give in to their demands? It would mean the end of Israel as a State. Should Israel really stay in this deadlocked situation, just because of the malfunction of the Palestinian leadership?

      • With respect I didn’t define my ‘approach’. The historical reality is that the Palestinian leadership has never been given a proper opportunity to show what it is capable of. Hamas was never ‘allowed to fail’ since the democratic votes of the Palestinians didn’t fit with Israel’s ideas. You’ll get no argument from me that Israel is more democratic than other nations in the region but that isn’t saying much. And in all honesty Israel’s claim to being democratic is fundamentally flawed. It has effective control of the lives of 4.5 million people who don’t get a say in electing their ‘masters’. I’m fully aware of the ‘demographic threat’, but Israel’s governments have shown no understanding that they are heading down a blind alley.
        The ‘2 state’ solution is dead as your ‘practical solution’ demonstrates; it cannot work. Many Israelis have recognised this and are seeking ways of reconciliation aside from government. Look at e.g. the work of Musalaha and ‘Tent of Nations’, and encourage Israel’s leaders to cease the policy of assassinating any Palestinian who shows leadership quality. It’s been in use for 70+ years and it’s not worked.

      • I respectfully disagree. They have had the chance over and over again since 1993 to show their ability to form government and manage a state, and they have failed over and over again. If indeed Hamas had accepted the election results and formed a government with Fatah, as they did initially, and abandoned their terror, Israel wouldve accepted. It was Hamases brutal overthrow in 2007 that caused the blockade, and that put an end to all ideas of a democratic Palestine capable of inprisoning terrorists and lead responsible negotiations.

    • Also, some of the issues you bring up are discussed in Bennett’s video. No one thinks of this as a solution, but as a practical way to improve our current situation. We are tired of plans like Oslo or the Disengagement who were supposed to solve all the problems once and for all, but just brought more problems. This will not solve everything, and it’s not promising a paradise, but it will make things better.

      • sorry, it won’t make things better for Palestinians who will still have been deprived of their historic lands and their right ti self-determination

      • It will make things better for the Palestinians who will be granted Israeli citizenship, and the Palestinians who will not see soldiers and checkpoints all the time anymore.

      • Please look at a map. Palestinians will see soldiers and checkpoints. How will my friend in Jerusalem visit her sister in Ramallah without going through ‘Israeli’ territory. You also seem to be under the illusion that Palestinian Israeli’s are treated equally. They are not.

      • The idea with the plan is to create a system of roads bridges and tunnels that will ensure continuity with no roadblocks and soldiers. As for the problem of racism against Israeli Arabs – Yes, that problem exists, as it does in many European countries. But there are no rasist laws, and the problem of racism is not different here than in other countries.

      • Oh, and Jerusalem – always Israel. Not up for negotiations.

  2. You discount out of hand any potential for the Palestinian individuals having any equal footing with Israeli individuals, and this is justified on the grounds that they will simply never be peaceful and they can not be negotiated with.

    That is nonsense.

    The West Bank and it’s stewards, Fatah, has been sufficiently subdued that the most controversial thing it has done in recent memory is go to an international body and ask for nonmember observer status. Discounting that track record out of hand as having no potential for peace shows that you have a fundamental hatred of Palestinian equal rights, that you have ulterior motivates, or both.

    I also think it is interesting to note that this completely unreasonable organization that has the gall to peacefully request a vote on its membership status in an international assembly was at a time founded with the intent to librate Palestine through armed struggle and it did not recognize Israel’s right to exist.

    I guess it is just another example of an extremist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel never changing its ways… Oh wait, I think I got that backwards.

    In any case, the question is still stands. How far will you go with this policy? If you use the bible to justify these acquisitions on any level, then you need to explain why you don’t justify using similar tactics to acquire all of the land promised to the Jewish people.

    Because eventually you guys are supposed to conquer all the land between the Euphrates and the Nile, right? (Genesis 15:18)

    I’m still waiting on my answer. It’s been like four months since my initial post.

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