Two states, one state, no state! When it comes to Israel’s right to exist on that small sliver of Middle East real estate the size of New Jersey, people get very creative. Land is being shared, some has been given away, some taken back and the never-ending cycle continues to punctuate life in that region.
The whole world seems to know better than Israel what is good for Israel. So, the Jewish state is being forced into a game of “geographical musical chairs” but every round they go, another chair is taken away. This lethal exercise is of course done in the name of peace in the Middle East.
Additionally, some people who claim to be proponents of a two-state solution are really proponents of a “judenrein“ (cleansed of all Jews) one-state solution , but they are simply hiding their agenda until the time comes when they can implement it. I wouldn’t necessarily be against a two-state solution if both parties were equally interested in peace and co-existence but they simply are not, and for anybody to say otherwise is simply ludicrous!
It was only a couple of days ago when Mahmoud Abbas declared (again) thatHamas didn’t need to recognize Israel or even stop their acts of terrorism. How in the world is anybody able to support a Palestinian state under these conditions? And frankly, how are those agreeing with such an irrational claim sleeping at night? There is simply no way that a two-state solution would work under these circumstances.
What we are left with is a one-state solution. I run the risk of sounding racist or promoting apartheid but when you think of it, there are at least three good reasons why a one-state solution is currently the best if not only option for the Middle East.
• Biblically speaking, Israel is much more than the modern nation that was reborn on May 14, 1948. Now, I am well aware that not everybody believes in God, but even those who have a limited belief and/or understanding of the God of the Bible will have a hard time dismissing the hard evidence for the existence of the biblical land of Israel geographically, historically and archaeologically. Artifacts upon artifacts, not to mention ruins of buildings keep getting discovered and militate in favor of a Jewish homeland, people and customs pre-dating the modern state of Israel by several millennia.
But Scripture alone will show us that God gave the Land of Canaan to the children of Israel, yet He continues to care much for that small piece of real estate as we read in Deuteronomy 11:12 “a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year.”
This land that God gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 17:7-8; 25:5-6; 26:3; 28:3-4) originally belonged to God as stated in Leviticus 25:23 “The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me”.
These are just a few of the myriad of verses about Israel in the Tenach (none about “Palestine”). I cannot help but think that those who take offense at Israel’s biblical right to the Land and to existence really are having an argument with God and about His divine decree.
• Geo-politically speaking, Israel cannot survive unless it is safe for the Jewish people. The security fence that has been erected for a while now continues to be a thorn in the flesh of the Palestinian Authority. Israel is constantly accused of being and apartheid state, being compared to South Africa. I strongly condemn apartheid, racial segregation and any form of racism. But Israel’s security fence is not and was not based racial discrimination but built for the security of her citizens. Since its inception, the fence has helped reduce terrorist attacks by at least 30%.
The level of hatred and animosity displayed by Hamas during last summer’s Gaza War should suffice to prove that any unilateral decision for a two-state solution is simply a one-state solution waiting to happen. Not to mention the other groups playing second fiddle to Hamas but that are also very lethal to Israel.
Terrorism will not cease under a two-state solution but rather spread further as Palestinians would be given access to more land within Israel. This is a concept similar to saying that World War Two could have ended sooner if only the Jews would have gotten along with the Nazis!
Israel simply cannot afford to let the enemy infiltrate its land and kill its people. It is a matter of life and death, period!
• Demographically speaking, Israel is currently faced with a great challenge. Under the “Law of Return” enacted in 1950 as a gateway to safety in the aftermath of the Holocaust and other acts of anti-Semitism, every Jew in the world has the right to come settle in Israel and become a citizen. This is what is meant when we say that diaspora Jews are making aliyah. In and of itself, this had never been a great challenge.
But the events of the last two decades having shown an exponential growth in global anti-Semitism, many Jews have recently decided to move to Israel. A perfect example of course is France that will have 6,000 Jewish people leave for Israel in 2014 with 10,000 more expected in 2015 (for a total of 3% of the 500,000 French Jews).
This is a trend that is only going to increase as anti-Semitism acts multiply globally. Never before has the world witnessed the immigration of 1% of any country’s Jewish population within one calendar year. With an estimate of up to10,000 for 2015, we could see a departure of 2% at once next year. And it is only taking France into consideration. This is a modern exodus happening in front of our very eyes.
If the world is closing its door to the Jews, where are we to go? For that very reason Israel must remain safe and open to diaspora Jews pouring in. This would be greatly impaired by an increased Palestinian presence. To be sure, I am not suggesting that all Palestinians be expelled from Israel, yet I do not believe that opening the country for a two-state solution is a viable solution. Before I am accused of pointing to a problem without offering any solution, I would like to remind today’s Palestinians–a term that is really a misnomer– that they had their own land a few decades ago, it was called Transjordan.
Outside of God’s promise to never allow for Israel to disappear (Jeremiah 31:35-37), the survival of Israel remains a very delicate balancing act of diplomacy and national security, but an act much easier to balance without terrorism in the equation.
Biblically speaking, Israel was granted to the Jewish people by God.
Geo-politically speaking, Israel must secure its borders.
Demographically speaking, Israel needs the space for the 21st century ongoing exodus.