Why Isn’t Burg’s Book a National Bestseller?
Patricia DeGennaro says in her most recent posting that the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians is “unsustainable.” I believe she is correct, which prompts the obvious question: where is this conflict headed?
Avraham Burg clearly believes that Israel is headed for serious trouble. Ditto Ehud Olmert, who has said that if there is no two-state solution, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights, and as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.” In other words, Israel will end up as an apartheid state if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own.
There is not going to be a two-state solution anytime soon, and maybe never. The New York Times reports today that Benjamin Netanyahu, who is deeply opposed to allowing the Palestinians to have a viable state, is likely to win the upcoming Israeli election, and that his Likud party’s list of candidates is well to his right. Indeed, it includes Moshe Feiglin, who “says that there is no Palestinian people and that there will never be a Palestinian state, and that Israel will hold onto everything it now has.” But even if Tzipi Livni and her Kadima party win the election, there still would be no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. As Burg makes clear in his book, today’s Israelis are a hard-nosed lot who have contempt for the Palestinians and do not trust them enough to give them a state of their own. And he sees this situation getting worse, not better, over time.