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American Jews Should Have a New Goal — Recognizing Palestine

Now is not the time for despair among liberal American Jewish supporters of Israel. Neither justice nor the love of Israel can accommodate resignation. Rather, we must respond to the Middle Eastern reality with one important move: urge our own government to recognize Palestine.

Here’s why. Benjamin Netanyahu’s election-eve abandonment of the two-state solution fits in with a well-worn right-wing Zionist belief that the Palestinians must be worn down by a long, hard occupation or defeated in the next major war. But even if such a strategy were just, it would be nearly impossible to pull off. It depends on the complicity of the United Nations, Europe and the United States — not to mention Russia and China. And it is predicated on the notion that the world will not get involved on the Palestinians’ side.

Maybe that strategy will work, but I doubt it. More important, many of Israel’s security hawks doubt it. They’re worried that a permanent occupation will eventually become apartheid. And that the world will not stand by forever.

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Here is the path to peace...

ISRAEL: We recognize Palestine's right to exist.

PALESTINE: Thank you. We now recognize Israel's right to exist.

ISRAEL: Okay, so what do we do now?

PALESTINE: Do we have anything you want to buy?

ISRAEL: Sure.

PALESTINE: Great! You have things we want to buy! Let's make some money!

ISRAEL: On that we can agree! So why didn't we think of this before?

PALESTINE: It isn't a new idea, but we can talk about that some other time. Send us your catalog.

ISRAEL: Okay, and you send us yours!

See how it works?

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