[Marxism] Israel, South Africa and the single state non-solution

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 28 10:20:26 MDT 2010

For well over five years, there has been a steady stream of 
articles in the liberal and radical press—both online and in 
print—for a “one state” solution in the Middle East. In contrast 
to the revolutionary socialist call for a democratic and secular 
Palestine, this one-state solution grants either implicitly or 
explicitly the Jewish character of the state and the participation 
of Palestinians in the occupied territories as citizens with the 
same rights as those now living in Israel proper. More recently, 
these advocates of what amounts to a Greater Israel have been 
encouraged by support for a single state solution by rightist 
politicians, seeing this as analogous to De Klerk coming around to 
the idea of ending apartheid. Do these ideas have any merit? I 
don’t think so.


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