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Another fascinating report by Jonathan Cook,  a freelance reporter based in Nazareth on the West Bank, and one of the best reporters covering the Middle East

One-State Debate Explodes Myth About Zionist Left

by Jonathan Cook, Antiwar.com, July 21, 2010

http://original.antiwar.com/cook/2010/07/20/one-state-debate-explodes-myth/

A version of this article originally appeared in The National, published in Abu Dhabi.

A fascinating debate is entering Israel’s political mainstream on a once-taboo subject: the establishment of a single state as a resolution of the conflict, one in which Jews and Palestinians might potentially live as equal citizens. Surprisingly, those advocating such a solution are to be found chiefly on Israel’s political Right.

The debate, which challenges the current orthodoxy of a two-state future, is rapidly exploding traditional conceptions about the Zionist Right and Left.

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Phi Beta Iota: The continued atrocities against the Palestinians disqualify any Israeli government from being considered morally, intellectually, or practically capable of a one-state solution.  The Arab states are equally corrupt on all fronts.  The Middle East needs a mix of tribal boundary restorations, Jerusalem as an international city, a regional water authority, and a fifty-year international protectorate that can raise two generations to live in peace.