Some Israelis on the Palestinian State
Last night on BBC 4's current affairs program "The World" a reporter conducted a mini-survey amongst six Israelis, regarding how they felt about the future of Israel/Palestine. The program item should be seen in the light of a looming Kadima election victory and Olmert's intention to draw Israel's borders unilaterally in the absence of a negotiated settlement.
So, our intrepid reporter set about, armed with a wall chart sized map of Israel and a red marker pen and invited six Israelis to draw what they felt should be Israel's unilaterally declared future borders. Six hardly constitutes a proper survey, I'll gladly concede that, but the results where nonetheless interesting:
1. All six wanted Israel to hang onto the Golan Heights, for security reasons.
2. Four agreed that Gaza should remain under Palestinian control, although one proposed chopping off two small buffer zones in the North and South.
3. Three proposed the West Bank should also be under Palestinian control, but all of these agreed the Maale Adumim and Ariel blocks should remain part of Israel.
4. Two didn't want a Palestinian state whatsoever, with one drawing the future borders well into Jordan, Syrian and Egyptian territories.
5. Two, when commenting their choice, used religion as a justification.
Keywords: Israel, Palestine, Olmert, Kadima