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Painful Realization

Painful Realization

I read with interest Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “Five Lessons I Learned In ’16” (Dec. 30). He is one of my thought leaders and influencers on all things Jewish. The “lessons” all resonated with me except for Lesson No. 3. While I agree with Rosenblatt’s views on Netanyahu and his politics, I now see the “two-state solution” for what it is — nothing. I have always been a “moderately left of center” Zionist and believer in the “two-state solution.” But after [Secretary of State John] Kerry’s speech last week, I had an epiphany while listening to Mike Pesca of Slate’s “The Gist” podcast. When asked to weigh in on Kerry’s speech, Pesca stated, “There is no two-state solution. Two-state solution assumes facts not in evidence, as the lawyers say. Don’t ask me to weigh in on a solution that’s not even a plan, or really a hope.”

His comment opened my eyes to the clear fact that the Palestinians will never accept a Jewish state. The “two-state solution” advocates have not accepted that reality even after all the opportunities presented by the Israelis to the Palestinians to create one. I can no longer be counted among them.

New York City and Tel Aviv

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