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John Kerry’s challenge to Israel on a two-state solution

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The US secretary of state, John Kerry, speaking on illegal Israeli settlements. Photograph: State Department/Zuma/Avalon

One state in which a Jewish government rules the entire territory from the Mediterranean to the Jordan and controls a Palestinian Arab population that equals the number of Jews is not the only option. There could be a single state of all its citizens, controlled by a democratically elected parliament and government in the interests of all its citizens (Kerry accuses Israel of undermining peace hopes, 29 December). This would not be a bizarre arrangement. In fact, all civilised nations apart from Israel are governed in this way.

Your Q&A section says that “This would effectively be the end of the Jewish homeland, and thus unacceptable to the vast majority of global Jews and many others.” First, the “Jewish homeland” was formed by taking the land of another people, the Palestinians. And most Jews today, as shown by their distribution around the world, have no need for a Jewish homeland.

There is also no evidence to show that a single democratic state covering Israel, the West Bank and Gaza would be unacceptable. There are many Jews in the US and the UK who recognise that an ethnically defined state is an anachronism in the modern world. They see that a state of and for all its citizens is the only just route to peace. Even in Israel itself, where the grip of Judaism on the apparatus of state control is increasingly resented by many secular Jews, there is a growing one-state movement.

The time has come to face the facts. The rightwing racists who run Israel in the face of all principles of democracy that apply in the rest of the world have to be removed by democratic means so that Israel and Palestine can be governed as one state in the way their citizens deserve.

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