I spent several days in Palestine earlier this month, and even when I was deep in Palestinian territory, on lands that are supposed to become a Palestinian state, I saw Jewish symbols.
Like this menorah, just outside the Palestinian city of Nablus, seen out the bus window of a bus filled with Palestinians going to Ramallah. How would that make you feel?
If you want to understand why the peace process is a joke… If you want to understand why the two-state solution actually feels impossible… If you want to understand why Palestinians feel no sense of sovereignty inside their historic lands… then all you have to do is drive around a little and see how deep is the Jewish presence in the occupied territories.
I’m not talking about the settlements. They’re on all the hilltops. I’m talking about Jewish/Israeli symbols and declarations on the road.
And yes, people say that the Israelis can pull out. I just don’t believe it.