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Dec 05, 2007 at 12:00 AM

www.counterpunch.org/whitbeck12052007.html

December 5, 2007
By JOHN V. WHITBECK

Almost immediately after the hollow show in Annapolis, a ray of hope has appeared from an unexpected source — Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

In an interview published on November 29 in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, he declared, “If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished.”

This Ha‘aretz article helpfully referred readers to a prior Ha‘aretz article, published on March 13, 2003, in which Olmert had expressed the same concern in the following terms: “More and more Palestinians are uninterested in a negotiated, two-state solution, because they want to change the essence of the conflict from an Algerian paradigm to a South African one. From a struggle against ‘occupation’, in their parlance, to a struggle for one-man-one-vote. That is, of course, a much cleaner struggle, a much more popular struggle — and ultimately a much more powerful one. For us, it would mean the end of the Jewish state.”

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