By Janet Tassel
To Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor at the Jerusalem Post, the concept of a "two-state solution," carving an invented state of Palestine from the tiny body of Israel and hopefully expecting the two resulting entities to live in harmony is, at best, in her words, a "chimera." Worse, it is a "humiliating, dangerous nightmare"; and worst of all, it spells the end of Israel.
What Glick proposes in her provocative new book, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East (Crown Forum) is to brush away the web of mischief, ignorance, deceit and hatred that surrounds the "peace plan," and with newfound clarity, get rid of the misbegotten thing entirely. In its place, she proposes a one-state plan, the one state being Israel.
In Glick's own words:
The Israeli one-state plan entails the application of Israeli law-- and through it, Israeli sovereignty-- over the west bank of the Jordan River: the area that, from biblical times through the 1950s, was known to the world as Judea and Samaria. In Israel, Judea and Samaria remain the terms used to refer to the territory….
and these are the terms she uses throughout. Israel having withdrawn from Gaza in 2005, Glick does not include Gaza in her plan, nor does she believe, for legal and strategic reasons, that it should be reabsorbed into Israel. Her one-state solution, the application of Israeli law and sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, which, as she says, is "based on actual Israeli rights rather than fictitious Israeli culpability,"
would liberate Israel to craft coherent strategies for contending with the…evolving regional threat and the international assault on its right to exist….Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria will increase the security of all. It will transform the region from one governed alternatively by a military government and a terrorist kleptocracy into one governed by a unified, liberal rule of law.
The sine qua non of her plan, of course, is the understanding that the Jewish people are the indigenous Palestinians, not "colonial usurpers" or "occupying powers." "At no time," she reminds us, "have there been no Jews in the Land of Israel." She gives us census figures from the Roman holocaust of the first century CE and the subsequent Bar Kochba rebellion up to the 19th-century "dawn of modern Zionism," when Jews again were the majority in Jerusalem. And she touches on some of the archeological finds that suggest a significant Jewish presence as early as 1050 BCE. Considering that the Palestinians have been trying to erase all vestiges of Jewish presence in Israel, she reminds us,