- Oct 25, 2017
You're taking her comment too abstractly. I think she's saying she'll bring office supplies to diplomatic meetings and throw them at other people.Well, Putin doesn't work for her so I'm not sure that threatening to kill their career is going to be as effective as when she did it to her staff.
Also, thinking that being an asshole to people with no power over you that have to take your shit or lose their job makes you "tough" is yet another reason for me to hope her campaign crash and burn.
I think I'm more in favor of a one-state solution at this point, but it's a tough one for me. I'm fundamentally opposed to ethnostates. But on the other hand, basically every time in history Jewish people lived with anybody else, the other group eventually tries to kill them all. After thousands of years of that, I understand why Jewish people were keen to have an ethnostate.Not necessarily, but I think that the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are a different beast because the US had such an interest in stepping in and creating a viable two-state solution (and we'll get more violence if the UK insists on blowing that solution up via Brexit).
India and Pakistan isn't working out well at all right now, but that's because of the haphazard way in which the British left the region and carved it up on the way out. That situation is maybe comparable to some of the issues that African states are having because of the way that colonial powers divided them up (a problem that South Africa had, to be fair, but that didn't cripple it because the imperial power stayed in the country and helped the transition to a country with equal rights and representation).
In any case, Israel and Palestine just strongly reminds me of South Africa, where even with implicit support for apartheid from world powers like the US and the UK, de Klerk worked with Mandela to lead the country toward open elections and equal rights for black and brown South Africans. Maybe the issue is that there isn't an imperial power willing to step in and broker a solution.
Honestly, having read what I wrote, maybe the successful solutions aren't necessarily one-or-two-state solutions, but are solutions where imperial powers actually step in and try to solve the problem instead of being a) indifferent or b) actively antagonistic. However, South Africa got a one-state solution done on its own and the situation there reads like Israel's, so maybe a more center/center-right party in Israel can be sick of the violence and human rights violations and, like de Klerk and the National Party, broker a one-state solution without needing anyone to step in.
This post also explains why I favor a single-state solution. If de Klerk pulled it off when Boer South Africans were vastly outnumbered by black South Africans, then the right leaders in Israel can pull the same thing off even if they are outnumbered by Palestinians. I guess that's why I favor a one-state solution: I have evidence that it can work in the modern era even though the people in minority rule are outnumbered.
I do think a superpower needs to come in and tell them that this situation isn't currently working, and that they need to consider other ways of keeping themselves safe. Kinda how we get smaller countries to denuclearize.