5 Aug 2011
The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has been hinting that if the US blocks their UN bid for statehood then the PA/PLO will disband and invite Israel to annex the entire territory on condition that there should be complete quality in the unified Palestine/Israel: One Man One Vote as in South Africa. And because there are today almost as many Arabs as Jews between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan, elections to the Knesset will soon produce an Arab majority given the fast growth of Arab families. Then the Knesset will be asked to change the flag and anthem of the country which will legally become another version of Lebanon. Israel, if it wants to continue to be a Jewish democracy, must cede the West Bank and Gaza to Palestinian rule- with swaps as suggested by Obama. Or it will cease to exist as the Israel we know. A third possibility is that Israeli obstinacy and unkosher pig-headedness will lead to war. That is not what anyone needs.
27 Aug 2011
I am in general agreement with Wolf's article. But it jumps out at me that, for the author, the former existence of hundreds of Arab villages in what is now Israel have fallen down the memory hole.
29 Aug 2011
Elliott A Green
I think that Robert Wolfe says some important things here. The opposition to settlements indicates an underlying refusal to accept Jews as equals. This is an old Muslim position going back to early Muslim times in the middle ages. The opposition has nothing to do with "international law," which, unfortunately, like other sorts of law, is shaped by the powerful to suit their own needs. And I should add that the decisive factors in interpreting int'l law are UN staff [inc. Ban Ki Moon], the Int'l Committee of the Red Cross [a Swiss govt agency], the EU, the OIC [Organization of the Islamic Conference], etc. Although Israel is militarily strong, it is opposed by the EU as a body [though not all EU states], the powerful Muslim bloc at the UN, and a variety of opportunist states that find it convenient to placate the OIC, plus by the State Dept, etc. So Art. 49 of Geneva Convention IV --which originally forbade population "transfer," that is, forced migration, such as was executed by the Nazis during WW2-- has been reinterpreted to mean a ban on voluntarily migration by Israeli citizens [indeed any Jew] across the 1949 armistice line into areas that were both part of ancient Israel/Judea and part of the Jewish National Home erected by Powers at San Remo  and by the League of Nations .
Michael, for whatever it's worth, the first refugees in the Israeli War of Independence --Novermber 1947 to early 1949-- were Jews driven out by Arabs. On this, please see my article at the link below, originally published in the Jerusalem Post in shorter form: