Saturday, March 7, 2009

I'm Just Saying...

An AP article today mentions the resignation of Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister in the West Bank, which is really not the most interesting thing about the article. Waaaaay down at the bottom, it says:
In other developments, an internal report by European Union diplomats said Israel is undermining prospects for establishing a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem because Israel keeps building homes for Jews there and demolishes Palestinian-owned homes.

"Long-standing Israeli plans for Jerusalem, now being implemented at an accelerated rate, are undermining prospects for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and a sustainable two- state solution," said the 20-page report, made available to journalists by the Israel Committee Against House Demolitions. An EU diplomat verified its authenticity.
And I was reminded of a question I have asked myself many times. Maybe one of my readers can take a stab at answering. These right wingers who continue to demolish Palestinian homes, build settlements, and otherwise make a two-state solution improbable, what do they expect to gain from it? If they don't want to give Palestinians their own state, the only other result will be one state, with Jews as the minority. This has always seemed to me a less strategic outcome for the Jewish citizens of Israel.

Are they just being shortsighted? Is there something I'm missing?

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