Alan Hart : The Palestinians’ only option

Alan Hart : The Palestinians’ only option


Flying the flag: A Palestinian at the border with Israel Photo: EPA
Editor’s note: Alan Hart’s view is probably spot-on! as  was Dr. Alan  Sabrosky’s  “Two-State Delusion,”  in 2009.  But, Matt Hill proposes a simple solution to the Israel-Palestine problem, “only political stubbornness, not popular support or irreconcilable differences, prevents the two-state solution from working;”  “…these facts need pointing out because Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the conflict is “insoluble“, and that aiming for two states is unrealistic. After all, Netanyahu and his fellow Likud hardliners would much rather face a confused Palestinian movement in thrall to a chimerical non-solution than sustained, organized pressure to fulfil Israel’s legal obligations, argues Matt Hill in The Telegraph : “Perhaps a push for One-State” will pressure the Israelis into accepting Matt Hill’s already internationally recognized boundary – the 1967 line,  – which, with some minor adjustments, would form a natural border between the two states. Jerusalem would be partitioned, as it was until 1967, and serve as a shared capital.


By Alan Hart


In the final countdown to the UN General Assembly vote on recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the PLO has indicated that it’s expecting “a pleasant surprise”, it being the number of European countries which will not do Zionism’s bidding on this occasion and will vote for the resolution. Victory for the Palestinians in this forum can be taken for granted, and it will help to further isolate the Israel of Netanyahu as a pariah state, but… It won’t be, can’t be, a substitute for a viable strategy to secure justice for the Palestinians.

In my analysis the Palestinians now have only one option.

For starters it requires the PLO to recognize and declare that the two-state solution is dead (not least because no Israeli prime minister is going to trigger a Jewish civil war in order to end the occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem).

Then what?

The next step should be winding up the Palestine Authority and handing total responsibility for the occupation back to Israel.

That would open the door to what I believe to be the only viable strategy for the online casino Palestinians if they are ever to obtain justice.

With the two-state solution not only dead but formally buried, they could then campaign, with growing global support, for equal rights and security for all in one state (all of pre-1967 Israel plus all of the West Bank plus the Gaza Strip).

In one or two decades at the most, because the Palestinians would outnumber the Jews, one state would mean the end of Zionism, but it would also open the door to real security for the one state’s Jews.

As I have previously written and never tire of saying, the Jews are, generally speaking, the intellectual elite of the world. And the Palestinians are by far the intellectual elite of the Arab world. What they could do together in peace and partnership in one state really is the stuff that dreams are made of. They could change the region for the better and by doing so give new hope and inspiration to the whole world.

As things are and look like going, and given that the Palestinians are never going to surrender to Zionism’s will by accepting crumbs from its table, the only alternative to one state for all is a final Zionist ethnic cleansing of Palestine. That might buy Zionism some more time for the short term, but in the longer term it would most likely guarantee that the rising global tide of anti-Israelism was transformed into classical anti-Semitism, setting the stage for Holocaust II, shorthand for another great turning against Jews everywhere, and starting quite possibly in America.

The question arising from the summary analysis above is this. Where does UN General Assembly recognition of Palestine as a non-member state fit into what I have proposed?

Answer – it does not fit.

So what use could “President” Abbas make of it when he gets it?

When announcing that he was winding up the Palestine Authority and handing responsibility for the occupation back to Israel, he could say to the world something like this: “We are truly grateful for this recognition of our rights and claim for justice, but we must also be realistic. Zionism has no interest in a two-state solution so we must move on. One state with equal rights for all is the only way of preventing a “catastrophe for all.”

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Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. His Latest book Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, is a three-volume epic in its American edition. He blogs on and tweets on Alan Hart's Appeal to the American People


  1. Hart is correct, but Hill is 40-plus years too late, and the 1967 lines are as dead as Hadrian's Wall. There are a half million reasons for this, all of them settlers, plus the growing prominence of both Orthodox religious Jews and settlers (often overlapping) in the IDF.


    Any attempt to pull anything back to the 1967 borders, with or without adjustments, minor or major, would produce among Jews a three-way civil war akin to the American civil war: central government versus settlers, and one part of the IDF against the other – and the concurrent instinct among all of them would be to so eviscerate the Palestinians that few if any would survive to capitalize on that internecine Jewish civil slaughter, for slaughter it would be.

  2. We should keep in mind that one state which would be Israel and the West Bank would be perfectly okay with prominent members of Likud such as Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin and Moshe Arens, a former defense minister and foreign minister from Likud


    Excerpted from an article published in a Jewish journal on August 2, 2010:  


    “In one of the more curious twists in Israeli politics, prominent figures on Israel’s right wing have begun pushing for a one-state solution with Israelis and Palestinians as equal citizens with full voting rights. “The one-state solution previously had been the preserve of the post-Zionist left, Palestinian hard-liners and left-leaning European intellectuals who envisioned turning Israel proper, the West Bank and Gaza into a single state in which the Palestinians soon would become the majority and assume the reins of government. “For the overwhelming majority of Israelis, the idea has been anathema because it seemed to spell the end of the Zionist dream of a sovereign Jewish state.


    “So what has changed? In a word: Gaza.


    “For the new Greater Israel proponents of a one-state solution, the 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, which they opposed vehemently, suddenly has become a strategic game-changer.


    "The single state they envision includes only Israel and the West Bank—an area of about 5.8 million Jews and 3.8 million Arabs. Without Gaza’s estimated 1.5 million Palestinians, the Jews would constitute a 60 percent majority in that territory—enough to preserve an enlarged Israel as a Jewish majority state for the foreseeable future. “As these proponents see it, there are several advantages to this solution: The settler movement would be able to keep intact its West Bank settlements; Israel would not have to withdraw from territory and expose itself to the sort of rocket fire it has seen from Gaza; and the international community would not be able to paint Israel as an apartheid state because the annexation of the West Bank would grant full citizenship and voting rights to West Bank Palestinians, perhaps putting Israel out of its international isolation in a single stroke.


    “While support in the Knesset for the one-state idea is limited, if Israeli-Palestinian negotiations make headway over the next few months, the one-state model could surface as a ploy to torpedo Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and the dismantling of dozens of Jewish settlements. “For now its most outspoken advocates in the Knesset are Speaker Reuven Rivlin and newcomer Tzipi Hotovely, both of the Likud Party.”

  3.   I wish it was this simple and straigh forward as Hart puts it, but it's not for several reasons:  


    1. Dissolving the PA will be denied by Arab/Palestinians/Muslims resistance factions and might promote a civil war between palestinians. Existing PA can't handle it and will be thrown out of the window the next day they announce such a thing.  


    2. The existing PA is very corrupted and they made a big wealth out of doing business with the occupation. They will fight to protect their businesses, even if that means supporting the occupation. 


    3. Dissolving the PA and handing Israel the responsibility of the West Bank and Gaza will give Israel a new reason for further ethnic cleansing. They will claim that Palestinians don't want the "Land".

    Israel was always an apartheid state, a terrorist state. No one could stop them until now, so what will stop them from comitting further worse massacres? Let's say they killed 10,000 in their last assault on Gaza, if you think that the West will do more than what they did before (nothing), you are dreaming. What if they killed 100,000, or 500,000 Palestinians, will that change the fact that United States will support them? Again you are dreaming. Eventually it will be another Nakba and history will write that Israel won another "war", and move. Result: Palestinians either killed, jailed, ran for their life across boarders… yes, this sounds extreme, but the fact of Israel's existence now after 60 years of conflict is also extreme.  


    4. Israel is not interested in a one state. Zionists jews know very well that they will be out numbered by Palestinians inside 1948. Imagine adding the 1967. Sooner than later.

    Do anyone think they are fool enough to accept a one state that will eventually take the system power from their hands (assuming that present and future laws will allow Arab equal civil rights in a real democracy). This will be the end of Zionist dream. Don't forget Zionist Christians who support control of jews in Israel. Are they also fool to accept giving up their ultimate dream of Jesus return by handing over the holy land to Muslims?   


    5. United States don't want this conflict to end. Not until the age of oil is over. As long as wealth is buried under the sands of this part of the world, this conflict will always be a "good" and needed reason for US to be here. Unstability is the main means for US to control, not only the Middle East. We have to understand that Palestine/Israel conflict is the central part of all other conflicts in the region. Controlling the source means controlling the sub-branches.

  4. Mr. Hart, if it’s fair to say (or imply) that Jews are smarter than everyone else, it’s also fair to say (or imply) they’re more evil and degenerate than everyone else.


    Their extra intelligence seems to occupy the portion of the brain normally reserved for a CONSCIENCE in humans. Thus, we’re dealing with creatures who, for whatever reason, are incapable of things most humans consider common decency.


    For the Palestinians to trust these “people” for a nanosecond is THE VERY DEFINITION OF STUPIDITY. The Jews who stole Palestine have had 100 years to prove they are capable of decency. At this point, trusting them to grow a conscience even in the face of mounting external pressure is beyond crazy, it’s suicide.


    Your idea of “hanging in there” for a while until the world forces Israel to behave is more or less what the Palestinians have done for 500 years. However, they were betrayed by the Brits, betrayed by the Americans and shunned by the west in general. Hasn’t exactly worked out real well for them, has it?


    Personally, I think they WILL get help, but only because the zionists have lost their only friend, the American people. 9/11 brought the zionist Master Plan home to American soil and many if not most Americans know it. The Jews still control the levers of power, but those Americans who are smart enough to think and talk at the same time are onto their game. War is almost inevitable, but some things are worth fighting for and I think many Americans are beginning to realize Israel needs to be taken out.

  5. “Australia to abstain from Palestine vote”, was headline in Canberra, Australia, Tuesday, 27th November, yet another Australian disgrace  again confirming the  well known fact Ms Gillard, Australia's feckless Prime Minister and some of her front bench, are controlled by the Melbourne Zionists lobby…..totally.


    It has always been known, going back a decade but more confirmation is evident in almost every decision made. She can't help herself. A Zionist\ puppet.Such decisions have included the use of Israeli drones "under contract" by the Australian Army in Afghanistan, a Command and Control System costing $300 million, the careful stacking of appoinments in places that can enhance the Zionists position in government and on it goes.


    We have seen it all before and will again. It is the modus operandi of a carefully organised campaign  to spread their poison.  Today Australians saw how this PM can even abstain in this small and almost meaningless vote in the UN on the direction of her Zionist minders. The last vote, membership for Palestine in UNESCO, was a "NO" vote from the same Prime Minister. These votes and abstentions, same thing really, regardless of politiicans trying  to dress it up, come after sixty years of  zionist inhumanity, a petty act from a petty-minded Prime Minister and  not the Australian people.


    Be assured of that with  serious disruptions occuring in the cabinet room threatening a vote there that would clearly have shown her to be what she is, a stooge for Israel No one will forget this in 2013,at the time of the next election as stated above. This is now the second no vote or abstention against Palestine recognition in three months. There is no possibility that any person in this country can accept the "official" line that this abstention will lead to peace discussions for  a two-state solution. We've heard it all before from the mouth of the Jewish fellow-traveller, Clinton.


    I sincerely hope that this motion will pass the UN, the members being tired of the destructive veto of the US used on behalf of its "friend", Israel, the US supported, self-generated nemesis for the once great USA. No more.

    • Absolutely well said, the foreign minister a william hague in his cocky-posh made up accent declare that a "YES" from him will mean the Palestinians sit with the zionist tormentors for re-negotiation. ? is what to negotiate… the zionist nation almost virtually swallowed Palestine, what is left!!!. Well they are after the Palestians poor souls too.
      hague, said without pre-conditions. Whatever that is. In another word he's telling the Palestinians " we, sold you out decades ago " get it….

  6. Although I agree that the two-state solution is dead, I also want to empahsize that Israel is simply not interested neither in a two state nor in a one state.  It is doing everything possible to maintain the satus quo until everybody is drained from the whole issue with the hope that the situation itself becomes dead and is no more on the world agenda.  That is why the Palestinians have every right not to make it easy for Israel to maintain this status quo.  If going to the UN has caused so much rage, God only knows how they will react when Palestinians have rights in their own state or in a one state.

  7.   "Mr. Hart, if it’s fair to say (or imply) that Jews are smarter than everyone else, it’s also fair to say (or imply) they’re more evil and degenerate than everyone else." So said DaveE, above


    In the history of the world, we have read on empires that have come and gone, all leaving something of some value as a legacy for future generations. The Third Reich, though not an empire as such, certainly had all the aspirations of becoming the 'master race'. In their own way, a similar way, we have seen the enormous success of the methods used by Israel over the past fifty years ( they learnt well from the Nazis), both as victim and student,  the ways to manipulate public opinion and use fear and cunning to achieve their aims. And this is where they have gone wrong.


    Their  aims. The master race mentaIity did not allow them to share ideas and cooperate. They decided to steal the ideas instead. The same mentality didn’t allow them to discuss ideas with an so-called ‘enemy’. They assassinated them instead. Their mentality did not allow them  to use friendship as a means of getting results. They instead used fear and cruelty having seen it inflicted on their people for six long tears. It was as though it was a revenge mindset, all the time forgetting that it was the rest of the world, all with good intention  that established them in Palestine, that supported them at every opportunity, that foolishly succumbed to the successful marketing campaign of the never-ending "holocaust",  used ad nauseum, not for just ten years but still in evidence to this day. The shrines,  Leadership  (brainwashing)  Conferences and the like have all been part of promoting the "guilt trip". Yes,  even towards people and generations that had no guilt, being 95% of the world.


    That kind of thing wears thin after ten years but after fifty, it is positively nauseating. So they didn’t pick this up. Smarter than anybody else?  Hardly.


    Zionists therefore are not that clever because they failed to realise that. Now they have turned most of the world against them and I doubt if they can ever reverse that direction, now. They are neither liked, respected or trusted. Their own doing In supporting DaveE then, if they ever were “smarter than everyone else”, then they ceased being smart as the years progressed. Why? Because they didn’t understand human nature, just Jewish nature, not the same thing, not even close, probably caused over decades of being almost incestuously isolated from the real world, metaphorically speaking which has produced a form of mental inbreeding.


    They allowed the arrogance of various ‘spokesmen to state that they have ‘enough nuclear weapons to wipe out the world’, or similar, that they ‘control America’ and the like. And not a hint of embarrassment in saying so. Yes, that’s  unacceptable arrogance. Never withdrawn, no apology ever. Almost a monthly ritual. So. clever? Not really.


    Then along came the likes of Netanyahu and the Israelis have always had  Netanyahu types somewhere in their midst, (they breed them). Firstly, using  all the paranoia they could generate, Goebbels-like and then using their understanding of psychology in dealing with the  human frailties of weak politicians, mainly in the US, but the same situation we now see throughout the world.  Well planned and rehearsed. A combination of all the cunning devices used by any conman,  anywhere. People see the trick, eventually. The guilt trip just made it longer, used as it was. They have taken, but given absolutely nothing in return. You can’t do that forever. Their  ability to continue to ‘use’ and ‘take’ is over.

  8. Mr Hart, your contributions to this ongoing debate have been greatly appreciated.


    You are surely right regarding the 'one-state' solution. One thing though, the superior intelligence of "The Jews" is a shallow, worldly, power-rather-than-love-seeking intelligence. Their leadership appear to have never gotten over the Babylonian enslavement. The Pharasaical Rabbinical class have decided that THEY will be slave-masters to us all.


    This, outrageous as it sounds, is exactly the message of the Orthodox  'Holy Book', 'The Talmud'. Rabbis who appear before us on TV sounding like Christ and presenting 'universalist' opinions are presenting a false face. In their book, "Love The Neighbour As Thyself" is strictly for Jews only. They are told they can do what they like to the rest of us. Christ is "in hell, being boiled in excrement" (Tractate Gitten 57). Christ condemned the Pharisees (originators of the Orthodox 'Talmud') as being 'of Satan'. Please God, the misled Jewish 'lesser brethren' will turn against their masters.


    The obsessively self-serving actions and teachings of their Orthodox leadership acting in concert with the money-power is what has got Jews expelled from over 90 states and principalities over the past millenium. By far the most virulent racism out there is this Jewish racism practised against Palestinians in particular and the rest of us in general. Anyone who has read the think-tank scripts created by the Frankfurt School psychologists understands how deep this betrayal goes. Our own human empathy has been weaponised to act against our own interests.


    The Anti-racism imposed on us (no bad thing in itself) empowers the Jewish racism that has almost monopolised political power into their hands across the western world. The 'Jewish Issue' is THE big political issue for us all. Let us hope that enlightened Jews, whose intelligence is capable of operating on fronts other than the tribal will deal with it. God help them (and the rest of us) if a major crisis provokes history into replaying the familiar tune.

  9. Alan Hart's conclusion is correct.


    The Israeli regime does not want or is in the slightest way interested in facilitating a two-state solution.


    The latter so-called promise of a Palestinian statelet is but a cover for permanent procrastination in which no actual Palestinian governance will ever emerge and the Palestinian people will be slowly, gradually erased from the map.


    The two-state solution is therefore a futile dream for those who support it and a cynical deception for those who oppose it.


    The only solution, and the most appropriate one historically, morally and territorially is for all the people of the historic land of Palestine to live in one unviolated territory. This is not only morally appropriate, but politically it puts the pressure on the Zionist aggressors and occupiers and their Western backers to deal with their self-made problem.


    The late Arab scholar Edward Said and many others have advocated Hart's conclusion over many years when it was unfashionable and the so-called two state solution was hyped as the only model. Ironically, the intransigence and lawlessness of Israeli political rulers and their Western sponsors have destroyed the charade and have now made the real solution glaringly obvious.


    Finian Cunningham

  10. Israel is closer to defeat today than at any point in it's brief and imfamous history.  Hizbollah to the north, Hamas to the west and Syria/Iran to the East represent an encirclement of Israel.  


    Hizbollah has shown that Israel's conventional miltatary might is ineffective against 4th  generation warfare as defined by William Lind.  Israeli jews will leave Palestine in mass if they have another war with Hizbollah.  


    Palestine will not be liberated by Palestinians, but by the resistance. That day is coming sooner than later.