The Death of Qaddafi's One-State Solution?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Now that Muammar Qaddafi, perhaps the most prominent proponent of the so-called one-state solution for Israel and Palestine --the solution being the elimination of Israel and its replacement by an Arab-majority state -- has other things to worry about, such as staying alive until sunset, how about we put this ridiculous and offensive idea to rest?

Just as a refresher, here is an excerpt from Qaddafi's famous "Isratine" op-ed in The New York Times, in which he makes the argument for Israel's destruction:

In absolute terms, the two movements must remain in perpetual war or a compromise must be reached. The compromise is one state for all, an "Isratine" that would allow the people in each party to feel that they live in all of the disputed land and they are not deprived of any one part of it.

A key prerequisite for peace is the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the homes their families left behind in 1948. It is an injustice that Jews who were not originally inhabitants of Palestine, nor were their ancestors, can move in from abroad while Palestinians who were displaced only a relatively short time ago should not be so permitted.

As we all know, Qaddafi is very sensitive to injustice.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/08/the-death-of-qaddafis-one-state-solution/244115/