Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Published letter to the Guardian Weekly on July 8, 2011
Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman threatens that Israel will renounce all past agreements if the Palestinians seek recognition of a state at the UN. On the other hand, PM Netanyahu states (speech 24 September) that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations could proceed if the Palestinians would unilaterally recognize Israel as "the Jewish state." What would that mean for existing Arab-Israeli citizens? That Israel would deport all Muslim or Christian Arab citizens? This is the plan proposed by Aigdor Lieberman (Ha'Aretz 28 September 2010). That Israel refuses to be a democratic "state for all its citizens," making an impossible demand on Palestinians to accept removal of Arabs from a Jewish state, suggests that Israel prefers not to negotiate but to acquire Palestinian land and water through creeping annexation.