Ofra Yeshua-Lyth


Naji El Khatib and Ofra Yeshua-Lyth respond to a recent essay where Jeff Halper outlined the contours of a possible one state solution in Palestine. They say it is essential to advocate for a secular and democratic state, not a bi-national state: “We see it as essential that the One Democratic State take a new path, towards the creation of an entity that unifies its citizens under one cohesive identity. This alone gives us a chance of lasting future resolution.”

By reminding Israelis of the little horrors of the occupation, from child detentions to home demolitions, kibbutznik Amos Gvirtz is determined to prove to his society that they cannot claim later, We did not know! But this moral education stops at the idea of one state with equal rights.

“This is not something we should be discussing” is the mantra that unites Israeli discourse across left and right in the upcoming Israeli elections. Ora Yeshua-Lyth writes that the debate about the central issues in this campaign: corruption scandals, wars, the high cost of living and the housing crisis, extreme social gaps and the lack of compassion for the weak would all be understood easier when placed against the background and core principles of the Zionist state. But this issue is off the ballot.