Maintaining Security Control Along with the Separation

Aug 08, 2023 10:15 pm
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Yedioth Ahronoth – Adapted

Also, as Israel faces one of the most severe crises in its history, we are bombarded with harsh and bloody reminders: the most serious crisis is still intolerable. Not only that, but the level of fedayeen operations has exceeded beyond the borders of the occupied West Bank, into the occupied Palestinian territories since 1948.

For decades, Israel has faced the same dilemma: a Jewish and democratic state – or a bi-national "state" of apartheid. Prior governments, and certainly the present right-wing government, which is compounding the problem, are making the situation even worse. Major settlement blocks are unavoidable, while outposts are undesirable.

The absence of a Palestinian state does not obligate us to remain inside the field of attention and fedayeen operations, and we surely do not need to crawl into the counter-process of bilateralism. There is another option, maintaining security control and separating at the same time.

This is not realistic in today's political realities. There is an additional minister in the Ministry of Defense who is not a right-winger, but a far-righter. The majority of Israelis oppose the rioters' addition of settlement outposts and thus more confrontations with the Palestinians.

The far-right should be challenged by centrist parties that provide a Zionist political alternative. The coalition's majority should not discourage anyone from protesting or from proposing a political alternative because Israel needs hope despite the hostilities. Also, the constitutional dilemma. Zionism and democracy are also essential.