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One Democratic Secular State for all its citizens in Israel and Palestine

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Posted August 19, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Q: There would be a bad economic imbalance between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Surely it wouldn’t work?

Presumably this objection is saying that if the Palestinians have a separate little state they can protect their industries and commerce with tarrifs. But that can work against them, denying them access to the more lucrative Israeli market. And the experience of countries like Ireland whose very limited economies prospered within the EU shows that old fashioned protectionism is … old fashioned.

Right now, the protection Palestinians need is from the Occupation, which has quite deliberately reduced them from a reasonable and viable economy to aid-dependence.

There’s also quite a bit of humbug behind this argument, from Left Zionists pretending that what they really really care most about is not preserving the Jewish state (they keep that one for a separate argument) but making sure the Palestinians are OK. So what they are really and truly about is to keep the wolf from lying down with the poor defenceless lamb.

Palestinians within one state would need not economic protection but the protection of equal legal status, resources and opportunities. If they were paid back even a fraction of the value of their stolen and vandalised land and property or compensation for unlawful injury and imprisonment, such a cash boost would quickly get them back on their feet.

The integration process in itself could be very dynamic, creating whole new growth in many sectors. Israel itself would benefit from commercial, cultural  and infrastructural integration in the wider Middle East, and many Palestinians could find themselves at the high-status leading edge of that expansion.  

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