A New York Times editorial on the “elusive dream of a Palestinian state,” says that everyone with any sense wants that outcome, and assigns one-state talk chiefly to Israeli rightwingers, ignoring the leftwing push for one democratic state. David Remnick in the New Yorker was much more honest about this matter; the Times doesn’t even cite Ali Abunimah, or Virginia Tilley, or Meron Benvenisti.
With the failure of peace talks, opines the Times, “it is little surprise that some are seeking alternatives….”
[S]ome Palestinians are also tempted by a one-state solution, but talk of full rights draws skepticism. Many Palestinians who live in Israel and are citizens already feel they are discriminated against and fear this will worsen if Israel adopts a new law under consideration emphasizing the country’s Jewishness over democracy. There are risks in annexation and a one-state solution for Israelis, too. Many Israelis worry that will lead to a Palestinian majority, thus endangering the country’s democratic ideals and Jewish character.
Palestinians feel themselves to be discriminated against? According to Adalah, there are 50 laws that discriminate between Jews and Palestinians, Shira Robinson just published a scholarly book on this question, and any fool knows that I can move to Israel tomorrow because I’m Jewish while a Palestinian can’t even bring a spouse into the country from the West Bank.
And: “a Palestinian majority” would not just endanger Israel’s Jewish character, but its “democratic ideals?” Isn’t that like saying democracy would endanger a democracy? Not when you’re talking about Arabs! Writes Donald Johnson: “Imagine them saying that about any other ethnic group in the world. Interpreted charitably, they might be saying that a one state solution might lead to ethnic strife between extremists on one or both sides, or something like that, but if so, they should spell it out. Their brains just shut down when writing on this subject.”
The racism against Palestinians in the mainstream press is so casual it’s shocking. People would be picketed if they wrote this about an American ethnic group.