This is old news, from 2011, I believe, but it’s fresh as a daisy. Pam Bailey sent it along. Reza Aslan, author of Zealot, a life of Jesus, is asked about the Palestinian issue, and responds, Do you want my honest answer or what I’m supposed to say? Then he gives his quick honest answer:
There is no peace process. There is no two state solution. It’s over. The idea that we continue at a time in which there are now 500,000 Israelis living on what’s supposed to be the future Palestinian land. And the fact that that number is growing at an accelerated pace– there’s nothing left of Palestine…
It’s over. So this notion of well, ‘we need to figure out a way to revive the peace process…’ Don’t believe it. The peace process is nothing more than a waste of time, so that the rest of the land can become gobbled up.
Oslo began, there were 100,000 settlers. Twenty years of the peace process has led to 500,000 settlers.
It’s over. The two state solution is over. There is no Palestine. there will not be a Palestine.
Aslan says the horrifying reality no one wanted is going to happen, the one state reality is upon us. The binational state, one state for two people, with clearly defined political rules, a president and a prime minister, a Palestinian president and an Israeli prime minister– power sharing ala Belgium, or in Northern Ireland.
It’s not going to be very clean in Israel Palestine either, but it’s happening…. I can’t sit here and continue to say what I’m almost contractually obligated to say as a Middle East analyst, which is, You must revive the two state process and get back to the negotiating table… No! There is no negotiating table, there is no negotiating to be done….
Obama’s line in the sand got crossed, and then his face was planted in the sand and spat upon, and he did nothing.
What the Israelis did to the United States when Obama was calling for an end to settlements was the most embarrassed moment Aslan had ever had as an American. We give $3 billion to a First World nation, $1200 per Israeli. And Obama was asking for Israel to follow international law, just for a little while, in exchange for some more money. The Israelis told him to “screw himself,” the lowest point in American power.
Everyone now knows who wears the pants in this relationship now. Everyone knows it…. And for a man like Obama to make the promises he made, and to fail so utterly and miserably.. [was] ultimately to put the death knell in the peace process.
Aslan refers to Obama’s veto of the anti-settlements resolution in the Security Council.
It’s time to start figuring out the one-state outcome.
It’s messy, it’s fraught with so many complications.. It will lead to bloodshed, of course. But there is no other option. It’s happening, it’s happening as we sit here anyway so we might as well start getting ready for it.
Aslan made similar comments in 2010.