F. W. de Klerk on why apartheid will fail in Israel/Palestine

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Maps of the Black homelands in apartheid South Africa (left) and areas of autonomous Palestinian control in the West Bank under the Oslo Accords (right) (Maps: Philip Munger)

Interesting quote over at Jews Sans Frontieres from a recent BBC Radio 4 interview with F. W. de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa:

What I supported as a younger politician was exactly what the whole world now supports for Israel and Palestine, namely separate nation states will be the solution. In our case we failed. There were three main reasons. We failed because the whites wanted too much land for themselves. We failed because the majority of blacks said this is not how we want our political rights. And we failed because we became economically totally integrated. We became an economic omelet and you can never again divide an omelet into the white and the yellow of the egg. And we realized in the early eighties we had landed in a place which has become morally unjustified.

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