- The Washington Times - Monday, May 7, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears almost impossible based on the intransigence of the Palestinian Authority under the joint leadership of Fatah and Hamas, the single-state alternative would be even worse (“Myth of a two-state solution,” Commentary, Friday).

While Rep. Joe Walsh argues for a limited vote for Palestinian Arabs, this would be almost impossible to enforce considering the outcries that would come from the United States and other nations.

As for Palestinian Arabs voluntarily leaving Israel to join their fellow countrymen in Jordan, where they are the majority, this is unlikely. When Arabs in Israel have been asked whether they want to be citizens of a Palestinian Arab state or Israel, an overwhelming majority have chosen Israel because of economic concerns while simultaneously wishing by a similar majority that Israel would not exist.

With open borders between the terrorist Palestinian enclaves in Gaza and the West Bank, the incidence of murderous attacks by Palestinian Arabs would explode.

At the present time, neither a two-state nor a one-state solution is possible. It never will be until the mindset of Palestinian Arabs changes from wishing for the destruction of Israel and all of its Jews to living in peace with the Jewish state.

NELSON MARANS

Silver Spring

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