An opinion piece published in a major Israeli newspaper (Haaretz) today shared this provocative statement.
“Israel needs the Palestinian state to come into existence even more than the Palestinians do. Without it, Israel cannot continue as both a Jewish and a democratic state. If Israel doesn’t reach a two-state settlement with the Palestinians very soon, then one day – likely sooner rather than later – the Jewish state as we know it will cease to exist. And it will be our fault.”
Most Palestinians I talk with in Gaza understand this dynamic and they believe time is on their side. I wonder how many Israelis appreciate the inevitable result of Netanyahu’s intransigence.
If I was a betting man (or old lady) I would say Israel has less than 12-18 months to turn things around for a peaceful resolution, or it will no longer exist in 10 years.
I don’t make this prediction with any glee. It is tragic actually because the handwriting has been on the wall for so long. The ultra-orthodox religious community and the far-right voters have only themselves to blame. I hope this opinion piece in Haaretz today is a wake-up call to many in Israel.