The two-state paradigm is being widely undermined these days. Martin Indyk says that Israel is pushing itself into a binational reality, Mustafa Barghouthi says that nearly 50 years of occupation have created “full-fledged apartheid,” Ali Abunimah says that dialogue without action is just prolonging the suffering of Palestinians, Shibley Telhami says two-thirds of Americans would support one state with equal rights rather than occupation, and Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times reports that young Palestinians don’t believe in partition any more after endless failed negotiation.
But on National Public Radio the other morning, two states were alive and well. Below is host Steven Inskeep questioning Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and repeatedly stating the “necessary” nature of the two-state solution. In fairness, Erekat says that he is for the two-state solution, and that Palestinian public opinion supports a two-state solution. What I am pointing out is Inskeep’s absolute adherence to the idea of two states. You’d think a journalist would be bringing up the new trend. Nope.
INSKEEP: You’re making two very interesting points that I want to make sure people are clear about. You’re saying that now Palestinians are united under one government or they will be if this agreement is concluded that makes it possible to make a full deal with Israel. That’s one point you’re making….
INSKEEP: The other point you’re making, though, is that you wish to have peace on the basis of recognizing Israel and a two-state solution. Hamas, of course, has rejected any recognition of Israel. Are you saying that you believe you can bring Hamas to recognize Israel?..
INSKEEP: And you believe that Palestinians on the whole would vote for a peace deal that includes recognition of Israel in a two-state solution….
INSKEEP: Israeli officials have said, a number of them, some of them have said to me that they acknowledge that a two-state solution is necessary, that a Palestinian state is actually necessary for the long term survival of Israel. And that makes me…
INSKEEP: Well, let me get to the question here, which is if both sides agree that at two-state solution is necessary, I’m curious when you get away from the rhetoric, when you’re quietly in a room, is there some sense that people on both sides understand what the solution needs to be here?