Why Twitter Doesn’t Make a One-State Solution Any More Likely

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Jan. 2 2014 7:47 AM

Anti-Social Media

Why Twitter doesn’t make a one-state solution any more likely.

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 But looking at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in these terms leaves out the core dispute: two national groups demanding self-determination in the same land. It’s true that Palestinians are denied a host of civil rights in the occupied territories and face inequality within Israel. It’s true that this is unjust and undemocratic and has to end. But if Israel annexed the occupied territories and gave all Palestinians the vote, the conflict wouldn’t be over. Finding a neutral name for the country, changing the flag and anthem, would just paper over the problem: Palestinians want to realize their right as a nation to political independence. Jews, as a national group, don’t want to give up that right.

Twitter is merely another tool for communicating this dispute. Globalization won’t end it. The only way to resolve it is dividing the land into two independent states. Any further questions?

This article originally appeared in Moment magazine’s November/December issue. Moment magazine is an independent bimonthly of politics, culture, and religion, co-founded by Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. For more go to momentmag.com.

Gershom Gorenberg is an Israeli historian and journalist. His latest book is The Unmaking of Israel.