Hotovely’s One-State Solution

Tzipi Hotovely is member of the Knesset from the Likud party. Brought in by Netanyahu a few years ago, she symbolises the new face of the Likud: young, religious, energetic and uncompromisingly right-wing.

Outwardly, Hotovely seems like a smart person. She says she realises that keeping millions of Palestinians under occupation is not sustainable and that Israel is fast becoming a quasi-Apartheid state. Obvious as this conclusion might seem to many, coming from Hotovely this sounds almost too good to be true. And it is.

Hotovely’s solution is a one-state solution. She published a five-step plan that is so flawed in its premises, let alone its results, that I fail to see how an intelligent person can give it serious consideration. Here’s the plan:

  • Step 1: Create a “national aliyah program” to convince Jews to emigrate to Israel and thus help tip the demographics in the right direction.
  • Step 2: Enact a “citizenship law” that makes it obligatory for every Israeli citizen to perform national duty (in other words, Arabs are to do “national service” duty in lieu of joining the military).
  • Step 3: Annex the “C area” of the West Bank, offering full citizenship to the 100,000 or so Palestinians living there.
  • Step 4: Enact a “Jewish Israel” law to enforce the Jewishness of the state.
  • Step 5: Establish “principles” in the education system that will prevent incitement to terrorism.

Where’s the “one state” you ask? Hotovely says that only after Step 1 is successful and Israel’s Jewish population grows considerably (Hotovely does not provide a target figure), then the rest of the West Bank will be annexed and Israel will offer full citizenship to 1.5-2 million Palestinians.

Where to begin? To think that Jews from America and France (where about 75% of Jews outside Israel live) will come en masse to Israel because of a “national programme” devised by the government? History showed, over and over again, that the vast majority of Jews emigrated to Israel because of negative reasons (persecution, economics, etc.). Very few come here for positive reasons. So the whole plan is based on the wishful thinking that millions of Jews will come here of their own free will.

If the entire foundation of the plan is flawed, why bother with the “details”? Hotovely wants all Arabs to have full obligations (i.e. perform national service duty). What about full rights? No word about that. Hotovely “kindly” offers 100,000 Palestinians full citizenship, but at the same time asks them to agree to a law that says they are forever to be considered a “second degree” citizens of a “Jewish Israel” and automatically labels them as potential terrorists by saying their children should be “taught” how not to become terrorists…

Does she seriously think this has a chance to work? I don’t think so. I think this is all a ruse. Hotovely, like her peers in the “new Likud”, are not interested in a solution. Not a one-state solution and definitely not a two-state solution. They are interested in perpetuating the existing impasse, in the hope that things will sort themselves out somehow in due course (a war that will facilitate a transfer of Palestinians over the border, an unexpected rise in antisemitism that will bring Jews to Israel, or perhaps even divine intervention). All this talk about a “five-step” solution is just noise, to keep pundits and parts of the public something to talk about, while the status quo goes on uninterrupted.

I said she was smart…

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