Thomas Friedman makes some interesting observations about Israel’s plan to build a wall inside the West Bank to protect themselves and their settlements from the Palestinians. Most notable is this prediction:

Rather than create the outlines of a two-state solution, this wall will kill that idea for Palestinians, and drive them, over time, to demand instead a one-state solution — where they and the Jews would have equal rights in one state. And since by 2010 there will be more Palestinian Arabs than Jews living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza combined, this transformation of the Palestinian cause will be very problematic for Israel. If American Jews think it’s hard to defend Israel today on college campuses, imagine what it will be like when their kids have to argue against the principle of one man, one vote.


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  1. Hatcher says:

    Even if Malthus got a lot of things wrong, demographics is still a killer…

  2. O. F. Jay says:

    Would such a move be wise for the Israelis? One could review Mao and Machiavelli when talking about walls and fortresses and see that a walled target is a vulnerable target. Fortressing has always backfired against those who choose to lock people out, by locking themselves in. On purely miltary tactics, walling is a bad idea. Period.

  3. DANEgerus says:

    The Pali’s have always advocated a genocidal one-state solution… that’s why they keep rejecting their own state…

    The truth is that cutting loose the Jordanian-westbank and Egyptian-Gaza behind walls would preserve Israel and that’s why the anti-semites fight the idea.

    It saves lives. Jewish lives. So the anti-semites reveal themselves.