Monday, December 29, 2008

What If a Two State Solution is Not Viable

Dec. 29, 2008. The Gaza death toll reaches 300 in the third day of Iareali air strikes. According to a recent UN Report (as reported by Haaretz), the unemployment rate in the Gaza Strip now stands at 45 percent, higher than anywhere else in the world. Nearly 95 percent of all factories operating in Gaza have been closed down in recent years, says the report. If Gaza and the West Bank (riddled with settlements and a newly constructed barrier) are not a viable economic entity, do they not represent a Palestinian Ghetto in a greater area controlled by Israel?

Is a Jewish state with a population of 5.5 million Jews and 1.7 million Arabs (not all of whom are citizens) surrounded by an Arab ghetto of 4 million (the population of the West Bank and Gaza) a viable state? If a Palestinian state is not viable, does the future hold the existence of a permanent Arab Ghetto with record unemployment? Is this a prescription for violence without end?The region seems to be short on solutions, or models for solution. How long will the present turmoil last? If a two state solution i not viable, is a one state state solution where 50% of the population lives in a permanent ghetto viable? I think not.

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