Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lefty Panelists "Debate" the Need For That Chimerical "Two-State Solution" (Even Though It's Deader Than Ever)

Hard to see how it qualifies as a debate when the three participants were basically in accord:
All three panelists at the first-ever Bronfman Debate on the Future of Israel, held Jan. 28 at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, agreed that it’s not too late for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but leaders have shown little willingness to bring it about.  
Entitled “Beyond the Two State Solution,” the event was the first of four debates in a series on Israel’s future hosted by U of T’s Andrew and Charles Bronfman Chair in Israeli Studies. 
It featured Yossi Beilin, a former Israeli justice minister and initiator of the Oslo peace process and the 2001 Geneva Initiative; Ha’aretz columnist Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York; and Mira Sucharov, associate professor of political science at Carleton University and a columnist at Ha’aretz and The CJN. 
The focus was the speakers’ responses to the question – posed by moderator Emanuel Adler, the Andrew and Charles Bronfman Chair in Israeli Studies – about whether they agree with the oft-stated assertion on the Zionist left that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached such a dire point that it’s now, or will soon be, “too late” for a two-state solution. 
Each stressed that two states remains achievable and is preferable to a one-state solution, and that the status quo of occupying the West Bank continues to threaten Israel’s democratic character. 
Beilin diverged somewhat, however, in that he said his ideal scenario for the region is a variation on – though not, he stressed, “mutually exclusive to” – a two-state solution: an Israeli-Palestinian confederation...
Silly lefties. The "two state solution" is kaput, defunct, a non-starter that ran out of gas a long time ago.

It is deader than Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which is a perfect metaphor when you consider that he too once mooted an Israeli-Palestinian confederation--"Isratine."

How pathetic that Yossi Beilin now finds himself in the same headspace as the Tripoli tyrant.

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