One, Two, or Three States?

Yoram Etinger, expert on US and Mideast affairs: 'Why should Israel even contemplate the possibility of giving away its only mountainous defense?'

Israel National Radio , | updated: 10:04 PM

Yoram Ettinger
Yoram Ettinger
Israel news photo: INR

Yoram Etinger, expert on American and Middle Eastern affairs, spoke with INR's Shimshon Nadel at this year's Jerusalem Conference on the proposed two-state solution that would divide the western Land of Israel between a Jewish and an Arab state.

Etinger said, "The current public debate is detached completely from reality. There hasn't yet been inter-Arab comprehensive peace. There hasn't yet been inter-Arab compliance with agreements. And here we expect that Arabs would accord to the Jewish state that which they have yet to accord to one another."

"A two state solution would roll back Israel to its 1948 boundaries in a region that is a role model for back-stabbing. In such a region, Israel is expected to give away its only mountainous defense. Why should Israel even contemplate such a possibility?"
Yoram Etinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations and the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel's Embassy in Washington, DC, he also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US.