Skip to comments.Give Israel's secular liberals their own state
Posted on 01/10/2012 10:02:24 PM PST by RightCenter
The two-state solution is history, and I was both sad and happy to see that A.B. Yehoshua has come to the same conclusion. Now we need to think ahead: How will the piece of land west of the Jordan River become a place that enables its population to live decent lives?
How on earth is this greater State of Israel going to function? Israel is already an anomaly in that it has four separate educational systems: one for religious Zionists, one for the ultra-Orthodox, one for Arabs and one for the secular Jews who are no longer a majority: as of 2010, less than half of Israel's children are enrolled in secular schools. And given the demographic developments, there will soon be fewer and fewer schools of this type.
It has struck me that the writing is on the wall: What we need is a four-state solution. We should have an ultra-Orthodox state, a kingdom of Judea, a Palestinian state and a secular liberal state - all united under a federal republic.
Let me explain. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been dreaming for ages of offering the Palestinians four disconnected enclaves around their population centers. They would not have voting rights in Israel, but they would have other civic rights.
Netanyahu's model should be expanded. Minorities in the greater Land of Israel should be allowed self-rule. I'm beginning to realize that maybe the Palestinians will be better off than us. Once they are free to go anywhere they want, they won't have anything to do with the federal government. They won't serve in the army; they'll have their own educational system and live their lives freely. ...
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New York doesn’t count?
Not surprising. With all due respect to the people of Israel, secularism will not stand for long there. As many Israelis and others are acutely aware, Israel is a land of great spiritual significance, as I believe we will all soon see in the months and years to come.
Call it Disraeli.
My first thought too!
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“We will feel a lot better when we no longer have to explain to totalitarian minds why liberty is important. What a relief!”
How rich. Spoken like a true totalitarian mind, who can’t stand the idea of not being in the majority, or anyone turning to authority other than the Labor Party (RIP).
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