A reader writes:

Beinart says, "I'm not even asking [Israel] to allow full, equal citizenship to Arab Israelis, since that would require Israel no longer being a Jewish state....What I am asking is that Israel not do things that foreclose the possibility of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, because if it is does that it will become--and I'm quoting Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak here--an 'apartheid state.'"

Does he really not see that refusing to grant full, equal citizenship to an ethnic minority will itself make Israel an apartheid (or at least a Jim Crow) state?  Is his view of a reasonable, compromise position seriously that Israel should get out of the territories but then relegate a large and growing segment of its own citizenry to second-class status, based on ethnic origins? 


We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.