This Thursday was a day of terror in Israel. Almost immediately after an ultra-Orthodox fanatic Yishai Schlisser stabbed six people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, Jewish extremists perpetrated an arson attack in the village of Douma, near Nablus, killing a one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian toddler. Both crimes were explicitly condemned by the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who even expressed his “shock and horror” at the events. Yet, both would not have been possible without the climate of hatred incited by Netanyahu’s own extreme right-wing government.
Mandate Palestine aimed to allow Jews and Arabs to live alongside one another. Its failure led to the idea of Partition. Now Partition has also failed. Scholar David Gerald Fincham considers the impractical nature of creating two sovereign states in the territory and the need for a federal solution combining certain national functions.