Click amount to donate direct to CounterPunch
  • $25
  • $50
  • $100
  • $500
  • $other
  • use PayPal
Spring Fund Drive: Keep CounterPunch Afloat
CounterPunch is a lifeboat of sanity in today’s turbulent political seas. Please make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue to fight Trump and his enablers on both sides of the aisle. Every dollar counts!
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

The One-State Mirage

I was quite dismayed by Franklin Spinney’s recent column regarding the two-state solution. While I respect and value his graphics regarding the water resources, his logic is simply in error and requires a mature critique.

First, the very basic outlook of this article is that one cannot impact the behavior of the Israeli settlers. This is a simple logical flaw. The reality is that the settlers are there precisely because of a subsidy that involves American tax monies. This in turn means that, should Americans demand of their tax dollars cease being used to fund the illegal settlements, the Israelis will either have to do some serious financial restructuring or the settlers will have to move to subsidized housing inside Israel proper. Those who refuse to budge will have to do so in a Palestinian state. Think removing this subsidy is impossible? How long did it take Bill Clinton to get rid of the subsidy to poor mothers via Welfare?

Second, in all frankness, one must ask seriously whose agenda is benefitted by this logic. Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS Movement, comes from a Palestinian family that has ties to both Fatah and Hamas. Mohammad Barghouti was a labor minister of the Palestinian Authority and Abdullah Barghouti was a leading commander in Hamas’ armed wing Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. I have no interest in casting dispersions here but I think the BDS program is much more beneficial for Fatah than Hamas. For illustration, let us just consider the instance of a destroyed house in Gaza. Under a single state solution, it is highly likely that such a house would be rebuilt under a loan package administered by the Western financial system. It is also likely that the major military and political leaders in Hamas would be neutralized under the auspices of anti-terrorism. Such a loan would include in its fine print typical neoliberal financial devices that almost guarantee default, not unlike the sub-prime housing instruments that were sold by Countrywide in the lead-up to the 2008 economic crash. As such, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine would go from overt violence, as exemplified by home demolition, to covert forms, as in the case of gentrification. But under a two-state solution, the BRICS nations, along with things like the Development Bank within the Shanghai Cooperative Network, would be able to finance Palestinian reconstruction under loan terms that would be much more beneficial for the population.

Third, while the two state solution might seem further and further away due to the settlements, the reality is that the international consensus remains overwhelmingly in favor of the pre-June 1967 borders defining two states. There is nothing in the international consensus otherwise. My own opinion is that the hasbara 2.0 system sees the BDS platform as useful to its efforts and can utilize an argument for a one state solution to actualize the completion of the annexation of Palestinian land. Combined with the norms of gentrification, we could see this made a reality within a generation, thereby invalidating the so-called “demographic problem” that would invalidate the land as a “Jewish state”. Whether or not this is the motivation or goal of Omar Barghouti and the larger movement is incidental, the neoliberal power structure knows how to play this game much better than any activist does because it knows how the deck is stacked. I therefore am hesitant to engage with the BDS program’s conclusions while certainly respecting those who advocate for Palestinian rights. It is simply a matter of knowing that having one’s position advocated for by The New York Times is a bad sign for those you are advocating for.

The Palestinians deserve a state of their own wherein, through democratic means, they can finally rid themselves of the wretched Fatah collaborators like Abu Mazen. Under a single state, he would be ensconced in power under the banner of “moderation” and “appeasement of Israelis”. Who in their right mind wants such a thing?

More articles by:

Andrew Stewart is a documentary film maker and reporter who lives outside Providence.  His film, AARON BRIGGS AND THE HMS GASPEE, about the historical role of Brown University in the slave trade, is available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video or on DVD.

May 23, 2018
Nick Pemberton
Maduro’s Win: A Bright Spot in Dark Times
Ben Debney
A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis
Deepak Tripathi
A Bloody Hot Summer in Gaza: Parallels With Sharpeville, Soweto and Jallianwala Bagh
Farhang Jahanpour
Pompeo’s Outrageous Speech on Iran
Josh White
Strange Recollections of Old Labour
CJ Hopkins
The Simulation of Democracy
Lawrence Davidson
In Our Age of State Crimes
Dave Lindorff
The Trump White House is a Chaotic Clown Car Filled with Bozos Who Think They’re Brilliant
Russell Mokhiber
The Corporate Domination of West Virginia
Ty Salandy
The British Royal Wedding, Empire and Colonialism
Laura Flanders
Life or Death to the FCC?
Gary Leupp
Dawn of an Era of Mutual Indignation?
Katalina Khoury
The Notion of Patriarchal White Supremacy Vs. Womanhood
Nicole Rosmarino
The Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year: Christine Canaly
Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
“Michael Inside:” The Prison System in Ireland 
May 22, 2018
Stanley L. Cohen
Broken Dreams and Lost Lives: Israel, Gaza and the Hamas Card
Kathy Kelly
Scourging Yemen
Andrew Levine
November’s “Revolution” Will Not Be Televised
Ted Rall
#MeToo is a Cultural Workaround to a Legal Failure
Gary Leupp
Question for Discussion: Is Russia an Adversary Nation?
Binoy Kampmark
Unsettling the Summits: John Bolton’s Libya Solution
Doug Johnson
As Andrea Horwath Surges, Undecided Voters Threaten to Upend Doug Ford’s Hopes in Canada’s Most Populated Province
Kenneth Surin
Malaysia’s Surprising Election Results
Dana Cook
Canada’s ‘Superwoman’: Margot Kidder
Dean Baker
The Trade Deficit With China: Up Sharply, for Those Who Care
John Feffer
Playing Trump for Peace How the Korean Peninsula Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad
Peter Gelderloos
Decades in Prison for Protesting Trump?
Thomas Knapp
Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State
Andrew Stewart
What the Providence Teachers’ Union Needs for a Win
Jimmy Centeno
Mexico’s First Presidential Debate: All against One
May 21, 2018
Ron Jacobs
Gina Haspell: She’s Certainly Qualified for the Job
Uri Avnery
The Day of Shame
Amitai Ben-Abba
Israel’s New Ideology of Genocide
Patrick Cockburn
Israel is at the Height of Its Power, But the Palestinians are Still There
Frank Stricker
Can We Finally Stop Worrying About Unemployment?
Binoy Kampmark
Royal Wedding Madness
Roy Morrison
Middle East War Clouds Gather
Edward Curtin
Gina Haspel and Pinocchio From Rome
Juana Carrasco Martin
The United States is a Country Addicted to Violence
Dean Baker
Wealth Inequality: It’s Not Clear What It Means
Robert Dodge
At the Brink of Nuclear War, Who Will Lead?
Vern Loomis
If I’m Lying, I’m Dying
Valerie Reynoso
How LBJ initiated the Military Coup in the Dominican Republic
Weekend Edition
May 18, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Andrew Levine
The Donald, Vlad, and Bibi
Robert Fisk
How Long Will We Pretend Palestinians Aren’t People?
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail