Towards annexation and a 1 State Solution? Forget Zionism, it’s just Realpolitik? I’m recommending this remarkable reporting, which you can read here, from refugee camps in occupied West Bank. Ignore all the photographs that accompany the story. The photographs are sensationalistic. They convey violence and conflict, when in fact the story, which appears in the mainstream Times of Israel, relates how the large refugees camps have been quiet during this so-called Intifada of Knives.
The focus of the article is more mundane than violent, which is precisely the point. People there say they are sick of the fighting and death, sick of the PA, which has done nothing for them, and that they are ready to live normal lives and settle down with the Jews in a single democratic state. Let people live where they want, in Haifa or Tel Aviv.
Ready or not, this may, in fact be the future to which the Jewish left must now work or at least watch happen and accept, a democratic bi-national state after almost a 50 year occupation with no end or 2 state solution in sight. No one should be surprised that this is the future to which, actually, the rightwing in Israel is leading the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the settlement enterprise.