‘A Much Cleaner Struggle, A More Popular Struggle’

In the Middle East, the search for a two-state solution is becoming more urgent.

Ehud Olmert:

Drawing a parallel with the last days of the apartheid regime in South Africa he warned: “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (with Palestinians) … then, as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.”

And:

Minister of Strategic Affairs MK Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday called an exchange of territories the only viable solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

“Only a territory exchange can prevent a situation where we have a half a state for one people and a half a state for another. It will allow us to attain a two state solution,” the minister and head of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party said.

What Lieberman means is that it is necessary to expel Israel’s Arabs from the land where they were born in order to maintain a Jewish state.

Lieberman told Blair, now serving as the Middle East envoy for the Quartet of Mideast peace brokers, that any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “must include Israel’s Arab citizens as well, when the basis for an agreement should be a land swap and a population transfer.”

Population transfer is an alternative term for ethnic cleansing.

Above is Saree Makdisi on the implications for the Palestinians of Olmert’s argument when he previously made it in November 2003.

Quote: ‘the mere idea that a democratic and secular state, which is generally thought to be the ideal state form in the 21st century, is thought of as a nightmare for Israel, that in and of itself speaks volumes.’

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