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Benjamin Folkinshteyn

The Two-State Solution: Insanity in Action

An idea often misattributed to Albert Einstein but likely having originated from one of several 12-step addiction recovery programs distills the definition of insanity to doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
And this insanity has reemerged every time Israel has exercised its right to self-defense in the form of international insistence that the two-state solution is the only viable formula for peace in the Middle East.  And thus the conclusion (and oftentimes even the beginning) of every terror attack and Israel’s response thereto, or what many international bodies have duplicitously referred to as “cycles of violence”, was swift calls for a ceasefire and pressure on Israel to withdraw to status quo ante as well as other concessions as sacrifices on the altar of the two-state solution.
There cannot be a return to status quo ante after the barbarity of October 7, 2023.
How much more evidence is needed to demonstrate that working toward a two-state solution is no longer an exercise in peace-building (if it ever truly was), but simply an exercise in perpetuating a false narrative that Israel is the root cause of instability in the region?  A narrative that, unfortunately, has been enabled by the same international bodies and state actors who have been complicit in creating the instability,  the violence and terror of which they accuse Israel, and the compliant Western media uncritically parroting their talking points.  This addiction to failed solutions must end.
No proposal going forward can be taken seriously if it relies on the old formula of two peaceful nations side-by-side based within the parameters of the pre-1967 borders. That’s a perfect illustration of insanity.
The international community must recognize and take at face value the murderous desires of Hamas and other terror-supporting entities and the proclamations of various state actors when they call for a “war of liberation” against the Jewish State.
And it must acknowledge that their hoped-for “partners for peace” want no such thing.  Jibril Rajoub, secretary general of Fatah’s Central Committee and chief prevaricator featured in Tuvia Tenenbom’s “Catch the Jew”, argued that Hamas atrocities should be viewed “in the context of the defensive war our people are waging”.  He praised the terrorist attack in “thwarting” Israel’s normalization with Arab countries under the Abraham Accords.
Similarly, PA chief Mahmoud Abbas, the famous Holocaust “scholar”, denied Israel’s right to self-defense against terror, arguing that  “whoever commits the crime of aggression and occupation of the land of others cannot claim the right to self-defense.”
These are not calls for coexistence; this is not simply language of the “oppressed”.  This is a call for Jewish erasure; and if history or October 7 is any guide, these sentiments must not be viewed as benign ideals — but as foundational worldviews designed to support and justify imminent violence.
The international community must rid itself of the agencies that helped Hamas militarize Gaza and brainwash the next generation of Palestinian Arab children to hate Israel and the Jews.  Whatever the outcome of Israel’s latest war against terror, the United States and its allies, some of the largest contributors to the UN budget, must recognize that their funding has enabled Jew-hatred.
UN’s and UNRWA’s hostility toward Israel has been apparent for years. But now, the damning evidence coming out of Gaza can no longer be wished away with the magic wand of deflection and projection.  UN agencies and other NGOs have been at the forefront of fomenting Jew hatred, have engaged in active support of the murderous Hamas regime, and have lent their resources and personnel to Hamas’s cause.
Unfortunately, reality tends to bend itself whenever the Jewish question is discussed. There is a special yardstick by which the Jewish State is measured and by which it can never measure up. Words lose meaning; things are never what they seem; and Jewish lives are always worth less.  Because to many in academia, on college campuses, on the streets and in the halls of the United Nations, the Jews deserve whatever violence they encounter and worse.  They always had it coming, anyway.
It is my sincere hope that in the aftermath of October 7 this insanity will end.  But I’m not holding my breath – I am not insane.
About the Author
Benjamin Folkinshteyn is an attorney in private practice in the Greater New York area. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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