The time has come. The current situation is untenable and cannot be allowed to continue. For too long two peoples with widely differing ideals, religious beliefs, and economic programs, have been forced to live together.
The only solution is to create two separate states for two incompatible people. Yes, we must have a Likud state for the half of the Israel that supports right-wing Netanyahu and a separate, but equal, state for supporters of Benny Gantz and his fellow anybody-but-Netanyahu parties.
Setting up the two states, we’ll call them Israright and Israleft, will mean population transfers which, following Avigdor Lieberman’s 2004 proposal, we designate the “Populated-Area Exchange Plan”.
We have tried the usual way to sort out this problem – elections – with no result. The country is still evenly divided. We cannot have elections every few days, the people are exhausted, the costs are prohibitive. As President Trump recently remarked, “They keep having elections and nobody is elected”. It is time to break with traditional methods. Democracy, as we have seen in the US, Great Britain and several European states, is simply not working.
So, how will we divide the country? Who will decide which areas will go to Israright and which to Israleft? As the population is divided more or less equally, the land areas must be equal in size. But they must also be equal in the quality of resources. Both new countries will want the agriculturally rich North. Neither will be keen to get the pile of sand that makes up most of the South (unless new oil fields are discovered). Clearly there is no unbiased body within the existing Israel to allocate lands. So we must turn to the unbiased arbiter of the fate of nations, the United Nations.
The United Nations has lots of experience in dividing up our small patch of land. On November 29, 1947, the General Assembly, in one of the earliest acts of the newly founded UN, adopted a resolution recommending the implementation of a plan of partition of Palestine. The plan, although not very favourable, was accepted by the Jewish Palestinians. The Arab Palestinians rejected the plan and started all-out war against their Jewish neighbours. It also led to anti-Jewish violence in many Arab and Muslim countries and Jews were forced to flee, most making their way to newly-created State of Israel.
The UN has followed up its unbiased approach with the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights, the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People, the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine and the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Not too many committees dealing with the Rights of the Jews to Live in Their Own Land.
Perhaps the UN would not be such a good choice to decide how to divide our land. And a two-way Israright and Israleft would leave a lot of unsatisfied people. I have run out of fingers trying to count the number of parties standing in the current election, but 17 sounds about right.
Perhaps the cry should be “17 States for 17 Peoples.”