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Op-Ed: Calling a “Bi-National-State” an “Apartheid-State”

Is a bi-national state so terrible when considering the alternative?
Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 9:38 AM


Now that China has just invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Israeli hi-tech, leaving the EU to cry for all the billions of patent-profits it just lost out on, Livni has to junk her “boycott” hoax, and replace with a newer, fear-mongering hoax: the “Bi-National State”.

Hot off the new and improved Arutz Sheva presses:

“Justice Minister Tzipi Livni blasted Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett on Thursday, over his plan for Israel to annex Area C of Judea and Samaria, where there is a Jewish majority (and all the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, ed.). Livni said during a speech in a conference in Eilat that 'There is a group, part of which is represented in the coalition, which does not want a diplomatic settlement and does everything to sabotage it. This group and its leaders should tell the truth to the citizens of this country: they are leading to a Bi-National state,'”

What does she mean? When Israel’s Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni called Bennett a “Bi-National-Stater” she legalistically called Bennett nothing less than a South-African-Apartheid-war-criminal.  Now to be fair to Livni, .  For, unfortunately, she isn’t the only Israeli politician intentionally using the “Bi-National State” bogeyman as a self-deprecating code for an Israeli “Apartheid State.”  Netanyahu, himself, Israel’s sitting Prime Minister, is the Abuser-in-Chief of the term “Bi-National State”.

What is this dreadful “Bi-National State,” and why does it evoke fear and dread?

First, let’s look at the use of the term “Bi-National State” in Israeli political history.

On April 12, 2012, in an Op-Ed in the New York Times, Jimmy Carter quoted no less a personage than Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of the State of Israel in 1999, over 15 years ago, as having stated that:

"Every attempt [by the State of Israel] to keep hold of this area [the 'West Bank' and Gaza] as one political entity leads, necessarily, to either a nondemocratic or a non-Jewish state.  Because if the Palestinians vote, then it is a bi-national state, and if they don't vote it is an apartheid state."

Eight years year, in 2007, another sitting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was reported by Ha’aretz to have stated:

“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, Olmert said.

"'The Jewish organizations, 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,' Olmert said.”

Three years after Ehud Olmert’s 2007 “Apartheid” statement, and a full 5 years after Israel “disengaged” from Gaza, in 2010, Ehud Barak, now as sitting Defense Minister of Israel, stated:

"The simple truth is, if there is one state [including Israel, the 'West Bank' and Gaza], it will have to be either Bi-National or undemocratic. ... if this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

Now, fast-forward  to the present-day 2014, where Ha’aretz recently quoted Benjamin Netanyahu, sitting Prime Minister of the State of Israel, as saying:

“'The reason why we’re willing to reach this agreement isn’t because we’re denying our history, but because there are two million Palestinians and the question is what we do with them,' he said. 'There’s a problem that the Palestinians are there, and I have no intention of removing them. It’s impractical and inappropriate. I don’t want a Bi-National state, and I don’t want them as either citizens or subjects. On the other hand, I don’t want another Iranian state or Al-Qaeda state. Currently, we have no solution.'”

Let’s be clear, Ehud Barak’s 1999 and 2010 studied formulation of an Israeli “Bi-National State,” and Ehud Olmert’s “South-African-style struggle” are exactly the same as Netanyahu’s 2014 studied formulation of an Israeli “Bi-National State,” except Netanyahu didn’t explicitly state the “A-Word.” 

Under Netanyahu’s own wording, the Palestinian Arabs in the 'West Bank' “won’t” vote.  (This is strange because the Palestinian Arabs have already voted several times for a Palestinian Authority President and a National Legislature that installed the arch-terrorist Hamas as their leaders) Netanyahu seems to be saying the 'West Bank' Palestinian Arabs are somehow “second-class-apartheid-citizens” if Israel hasn’t allowed them to create an Iranian styleTerror-State in the 'West Bank'. 

Any reader of  Barak’s, Olmert’s, and Netanyahu’s statements can only lead one to conclude that Netanyahu formulated that an Israeli “Bi-National State” is an Israeli “Apartheid State” exactly as Barak and Olmert had once declared that Israel would be an “Apartheid State.”

Therefore, Netanyahu, as the current sitting Israeli Prime Minister, has only himself, to blame for Israel being explicitly labeled as an “Apartheid State.” Israelis seem to believe that you have to give two-million 'West Bank' Palestinians Arabs bent on mass-murder the ability to annihilate Israel in one evening with a massive Iranian chemical-katyusha rocket barrage into Tel Aviv.  Otherwise, “Israel is an Apartheid State.” 

If that’s the right-of-center Israeli Prime Minister’s “thinking,” then it’s time to make sure you have a valid second passport for another country for you and your family.

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