The “one-state solution” as referenced in Olivia Ward’s May 1 article in the Toronto Star, is a thinly veiled strategy for destroying the state of Israel and questioning its very right to exist. A euphemism that fundamentally denies the right of Jews to self-determination in their historical homeland and calls into question the very legitimacy of Israel as a state. A bi-national state would have the same consequence as the so-called "right of return" – the negation of Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinians, by virtue of a higher birthrate, would turn Jews into a minority before voting in favour of another Muslim Arab state in place of Israel.
The majority of Israelis and the international community don’t have an appetite for this a nightmarish scenario which the Star in the past correctly referred to as a “dose of ethnic poison, a premonition of their demise as a nation."
Israeli settlements are an issue that must be resolved in final status talks, but they are not and have never been the greatest obstacle to peace. Instead, historical Palestinian Arab intolerance of a Jewish state and the failure to renounce the “right of return,” also a code word for the destruction of Israel via an Arab demographic ticking bomb, poses the greatest threat to the two states for two peoples concept.
Make no mistake, Israel wants peace and to that end, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again recently affirmed in an interview with CNN that, “I don’t want to govern the Palestinians. I don’t want them as subjects of Israel or as citizens of Israel. I want them to have their own independent state. But a demilitarized state.”
While the prospect of a two-state solution may have dwindled over time, Israel remains a staunch adherent to its process and an eternal optimist for its potential to procure a just and lasting peace.