November 29, 2007

THE POINT THE NEOCONS CAN'T GRASP:

Israel risks apartheid-like struggle if two-state solution fails, says Olmert (Rory McCarthy, November 30, 2007, The Guardian)

Israel's prime minister issued a rare warning yesterday that his nation risked being compared to apartheid-era South Africa if it failed to agree an independent state for the Palestinians. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, Ehud Olmert said Israel was "finished" if it forced the Palestinians into a struggle for equal rights.

If the two-state solution collapsed, he said, Israel would "face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights, and as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished". Israel's supporters abroad would quickly turn against such a state, he said.

"The Jewish organisations, which were our power base in America, will be the first to come out against us because they will say they cannot support a state that does not support democracy and equal voting rights for all its residents," he said.


South Africa was just as good an ally as Israel and we ditched them as soon as the USSR ceased to be a threat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2007 8:24 PM
Comments

Once the USSR was no longer a threat, it wasn't backing South African radicals and it was safe to go to majority rule. I suspect radical Islam is likely to last longer than the USSR.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at November 30, 2007 1:11 AM

Oh, I get it!: the Palestinians are going to accept a Palestinian state so as to help Israel avoid becoming an apartheid state (or extinction).

Brilliant!

(Who'd a thunk the Palestinians could be so thoughtful? So helpful? So accommodating?)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 30, 2007 4:04 AM

Yes, if Hamas had any strategic sense they'd switch their demand to full Israeli citizenship rights. That's the way they'd destroy Israel.

Posted by: oj at November 30, 2007 7:22 AM

The radicals didn't matter, it was just natural resources and sea lanes. With the USSR gone we don't need either in Western hands.

Radical Islam isn't a threat.

Posted by: oj at November 30, 2007 7:28 AM
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