Thursday, February 06, 2014

Here's the thing

Here is the thing.  Israel (politicians) want three things.
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1. A Democracy
2. A Jewish state
3. The West Bank
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They can have any two, but not all three.
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- If you take the West Bank and have a Democracy, then the Jewish votes will be overwhelmed by the Arab votes. You will cease to be a Jewish state.  Right now the Arab parties are frozen out of power, because they are fewer in number, but if Palestinians are allowed to vote, then they will be a majority.
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- If you take the West Bank and keep a Jewish State, the you have to give up Democracy.  There will be more non-Jewish votes than Jewish votes.  So you have to disenfranchise them somehow. That is where people are come from when they call Israeli policies "apartheid".  Apartheid generally mean separate and unequal institutions for people based on race or religion.
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In South Africa it was 1 system (and all political power) for Whites.  A second class system for Indians and mixed race.  And a third class system for blacks - devoid of power, land or wealth.  Funny enough South Africa tried to carve out mini-homelands for the Blacks to reduce international pressure.  It was a transparent ploy to give the Blacks a Crapistan Homeland and have the whites keep everything nice.  The parallel with Israel is that Israel is taking all the good bits of the West Bank and trying to sell the rest as "Palestine".
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-If you get rid of the West Bank and its population, you can keep a Democracy AND a Jewish state.
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For those of us outside Israel, it really is that simple.  Many in Israel claim that Palestinians will never let Israel stay in peace, and cite the fact that Palestinian teaches there is no Israel.  That argument, once powerful, is now kind of moot since many Israel textbooks teach there is no West Bank, only an Israel Judea and Symeria.

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