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Likud MK endorses one-state solution

Cross-posted from Noam Sheizaf’s blog, Promised Land. Sheizaf is an Israeli journalist who lives and works in Tel Aviv. Over the past six years he has worked as a writer and editor for the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv.


Tzipi Hotovely

This is from MK Tzipi Hotovely, one of the more rightwing members of Likud:

“Israeli law should be applied on the Judea and Samaria region,” Hotovely said during a conference in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and stated she did not rule out granting citizenship to Palestinians.

The MK explained that “Judea and Samaria are a part of the land of Israel,” and blamed the Palestinians for the failure of the political process. “We strongly wish to get a divorce, but the other side doesn’t want to separate.”

Hotovely told Ynet later in the evening, “It’s unthinkable that Jews in Judea and Samaria would live under occupation and under a military regime. The distorted policy, which states that every construction permit must be approved by the defense minister harms the most basic rights.

“It’s time to lift the question mark over Judea and Samaria and view the people living there as citizens with an equal status. Thinking ahead, strategically, we should consider granting gradual citizenship to Palestinians based on loyalty tests.”

And with that, the usually unimpressive Hotovely became the first Likud member to face reality: you cannot settle the West Bank and talk about a solution to the Palestinian problem at the same time, unless you are ready to turn the Palestinians into equal citizens.

The “loyalty tests” part is indeed troubling, but let’s look on the bright side this time: if Netanyahu is talking about two states, and the radical right about a bi-national one, it seems that Israelis are finally realizing that the occupation can’t go on for much longer.

Categories: One State Reality
  1. Avi Zohar
    December 22, 2009 at 11:09

    Very simple. They can just say – any Palestinian who declares complete support for the Jewish Zionist State of Israel and is personally vetted by the Shabak can get Israeli citizenship. So about 200 or 300 Palestinian collaborators gain Israeli citizenship, the other Palestinians remain under occupation and the settlers gain complete freedom from whatever restrictions they now face. Brillant!

  2. December 22, 2009 at 11:58

    Well, in this case I doubt the loyalty test is indeed so troubling. I believe not too many of those Palestinians inhabiting Judea and Samaria will be glad over having the Israeli citizenship and the conditions of it. Arabs living already and more or less deliberately on Israeli territory are regular citizens for years and decades and equal completely, sure you can’t run around with the tests from Arab door to Arab door in Lod, Ramle or Haifa, at leats not in a democratic state. With the tests in Judea and Samaria for sure, it’s the same guideline as in other countries, isn’t it? Before b e c o m i n g a citizen, prove your loyalty. “becoming” accentuated. It´will be troublesome though to decide what to do with unloyal going-to-be-citizens. Deport them from the region? ?…


  3. Carlo
    May 10, 2010 at 14:06

    isralike –
    A number of democratic states test immigrants, requiring that they speak the official language and are familiar with the local culture. No democratic country that I can think of however tests indigenous populations to decide whether they qualify for political rights. All humans are entitled to them. You seem to forget that the current ethnically based inequality in the occupied territories is illegal under international law.

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