I always believed that the United Nations created Israel by approving the Partition plan in 1947, but now I understand that I was wrong.
A more accurate reading of history (see here) indicates that the General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution to recommend the partition plan, but the Security Council took no action on the resolution. David Ben-Gurion unilaterally declared the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
Ever since, the community of nations (at least many of them) have been trying to figure out how to create TWO states — one for Israel and one for Palestine. With no legal borders yet, the State of Israel appears to be an anomaly.
Anyone who has visited the Middle East in recent years knows that a viable state for Palestine is no longer possible. Israel has been building settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories at break-neck speed, creating the ‘facts on the ground’ that will prevent a sovereign Palestinian state from ever existing.
Although President Obama continues to talk about a two-state solution, and presumably Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Middle East now talking about a two-state solution, many people inside Israel don’t support the idea, as in this recent opinion piece in the Jerusalem Post.
And so the question becomes “what now”?
Some of my new friends in Gaza have told me they support One State, a single, secular, democratic state for all people, regardless of race or religion. This short video expresses the same sentiment.