8 thoughts on “J Street, Bernie Sanders, and the Two-State Dead End – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. About J Street and those liberal Jews who say that under any peace deal that there must be a Jewish state, as a Jew living in this country it is not my role to agree with that. When the day should come as it must that there is an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, the terms will need to be decided in honest negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians without the U.S. pretending to play broker while we keep on giving Israel billions of dollars in military aid. If I were to say that there must be a Jewish state, then I should be living over there and not in this country. Also while I am not opposed to a two-state solution, I say that died with the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. With all of the Israeli settlements constructed since that time, I don’t see how a two-state solution can be done that is fair to the Palestinians. Also while praising Bernie Sanders remarks to the J Street conference, he makes some criticism of him as Sanders said that he is still for 2 states. Sanders did say that he will cut aid to Israel and give it to the people in Gaza. I am confident that when serious negotiations should ever take place while Sanders is president, Sanders will have no objection to the establishment of a bi-national state if that’s what the Palestinians want. During the early part of the 20th Century there were some Zionists who advocated just that, but unfortunately they were overruled. Had they not been, there would not have been the bloodshed that has gone on for the past 72 years and counting.

  2. Richard, Regarding this part of my comment where I said “Also while praising Bernie Sanders remarks to the J Street conference, he makes some criticism of him as Sanders said that he is still for 2 states. Sanders did say that he will cut aid to Israel and give it to the people in Gaza,” I tried to edit my comment so that it would just say “I am confident that when serious negotiations should ever take place while Sanders is president, Sanders will have no objection to the establishment of a bi-national state if that’s what the Palestinians want.” The system wouldn’t save my edit. I happened to share your blog with my comment to my email list as well as sharing it on my Facebook page. So in posting my comment here, I forgot to leave out that part. I did not want to refer to you in 3rd person. 🙂

  3. We can all agree that Israel is a shining star of freedom in a region, sadly, largely devoid of it.

    In truth, Israel is a veritable social justice Shangri-La compared to the rest of the Arab Middle East.

  4. I guess I can be counted as a Magnes Zionist, or a Martin Buber Zionist, or an Ahad Ha’am Zionist. Among others, all Zionists who advocated that Palestine be a place for Jews whose ancestors were there to settle there and share the land with the other indigenous people there. They advocated for a bi-national state. As I said, had they not been overruled, there would not have been the bloodshed that has gone on for the past 72 years and counting.

  5. Walter,

    The two state solution was never in play. Rabin never wanteda full Palestinian state. He wanted the Palestinians to accept Jim Crow/apartheid as the basis of peace.

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