[Marxism] Israel moves closer to a single-state solution

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Tue Sep 2 05:11:25 MDT 2014

It's quite possible that both ethnic cleansing and the granting of Israeli citizenship to the remaining Palestinians might be on the agenda. This is not necessarily an either/or situation. One can find precedents for that sort of thinking, going all the way back to Jabotinsky, who sometimes argued that once a Jewish majority was assured in Israel then the remaining Palestinian Arabs could then have full legal and political rights. Under such circumstances Israel could even have an Arab prime minister and it wouldn't matter.

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From: Marv Gandall via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Israel moves closer to a single-state solution
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:03:00 -0400

On Sep 1, 2014, at 8:07 PM, Gary MacLennan <gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> �I still believe that ethnic cleansing is on the Zionist menu.

Conceivably. But it�s also conceivable that granting the Palestinians formal citizenship at some point could see their demands for equal rights channelled and absorbed into the Israeli electoral system, encouraging their gravitation towards parties like Balad and even Labour. As we know, granting democratic rights (to vote, to form unions) is a two edged sword: it opens the door to modest improvements within the system at the same time it saps more militant resistance outside of it. Ruling classes often choose to institutionalize disruptive and costly conflict in this way, and it may well underlie the thinking of that segment of the Zionist right cited by Sheizaf. I wouldn�t rule out any scenario.
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