When I do slide show presentations on Israel/Palestine to church or other groups I am often asked whether I support a one-state solution or a two state solution? Which is better? Which is feasible?
I always answer, that as chair of NECIP, I do not have a position on the one state/two state issue. Either choice will have consequences and will involve compromises. I know Palestinians on each side, including people who have been to jail and even tortured. I don’t think that from Ottawa I am in a position to decide what is realistic or appropriate, or who should make what compromises. (I also know Jews on both sides of this debate.)
But that does not mean that we can’t discuss it. Understand what those choices and compromises are.
Here is a quote from an email recently sent to me by a friend who is starting to get more interested/involved in the Israel Palestine question.
What would be helpful from my perspective would be a brief overview of arguments for and against 2 state vs. 1 state and who has been aligned with each historically. That would lay the groundwork for a discussion.
I invite comments from anyone who would like to contribute to this discussion.