Why the Palestinians Have Time on Their Side

By Jeffrey Goldberg

From my inaugural Bloomberg View column (Yes, we're going to have an Inaugural Ball, details forthcoming), in which I outline what I believe would be the best strategy for a Palestinian seeking to destroy Israel:

"...I would make support for Netanyahu the foundation stone of my patient campaign to dismantle the world's only majority-Jewish country. I would support not only Netanyahu, but the far-right parties of his governing coalition, the parties that seem uninterested in democracy and obsessed with planting more Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

The settlements would have my wholehearted backing. I would encourage my brother Palestinians to help build settlements at a brisk pace. I would ask the Israelis to build an even more intricate system of bypass roads on the West Bank that would connect Jewish settlements to one another and to Israel proper. I would ask my ostensible allies among the Arab nations to provide interest-free mortgages to Israelis in Tel Aviv, so they could move out to the settlements for some fresh air and a little more yard. And, while I was at it, I would insist that my leaders abort their campaign for United Nations recognition of an independent state of Palestine.

Read the whole thing, if you don't mind.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/05/why-the-palestinians-have-time-on-their-side/239445/