No it is not. It's a real scenario and I personally think it will happen at some point.
Look abraxas, your points are not necessarily wrong in my view. But the current chasm between the two communities is insurmountable, they will have to start from the scratch, that is why separation at some point is necessary, in terms of borders, not a separation of the apartheid type like in SA (which was btw tyranny of minority over the majority) Democracy will not work in a joint state of Jews and Arabs at this moment, because there is a fundamental disagreement between the two groups about the nature of the supposed state. While I deplore the fact, it is the reality right now, and the most important thing is to stop killings as soon as possible.
But where? Would you accept it if Jews began to colonize a part of Serbia?
I am afraid the comparison is inadequate, however let me tell you that I personally would welcome any community to Serbia who would contribute to improvement of the overall conditions for everyone. Of course I wouldn't welcome anyone as masters, conquerors or something like that.
But why don't you accept the fact that Jews have a just claim to Israel (not to Serbia for example) as their fatherland? the territory may be very small but it's the land of their forefathers. Let me tell you that I saw places in Israel that were absolutely barren with nothing there before, for centuries, now turned into small paradises. Think of it what you want.
The idea that different peoples must be separated is an old concept of western influence. People with different ethnic roots can learn to co-exist and have for centuries. You need the political will to make it happen. Right now that type of will is absent in modern day Serbia mainly because, I presume, many politicians and people prefer to play a nationalist tune and refuse to accept old conflicts as past and tolerate our differences.
Official Serbia has the will to have Kosovo in Serbia and ethnic Albanians as its citizens. The question is: is that political will real? But anyways, the Albanians don't even want to consider such an option. Can you blame them? They don't trust or tolerate any kind of Serbia and Palestinians would not trust or tolerate any kind of Israel right now. How are they to establish a joint state? Maybe some 100 years from now. Kosovo is certainly not Palestine, although many Serbs refer to it as Serbian Jerusalem, indeed Kosovo is placed right in the center of Serbian national myth. Otherwise, I can imagine Serbs would gladly separate from Albanians. That's the sad reality, when you place history and tradition over the lives of living people, and that's what they are doing now in Israel, too.
I am sorry but wiping out Israel from the map is not how I see the solution of the problem. SO if we agree that Israel has the right to exist, what happens next? How would you solve the problem?
Do they have a choice at this moment? Gazans are going to get hurt, blocked of basic materials and deprived of food items with or without what the Western countries deem as a "terrorist organization". And Hamas wasn't just born in a vacuum. It's part of a process of past and ongoing brutalization of the palestinian people. Right now the Palestinians are against the wall and Hamas at least gives them a sense of dignity in their struggle.
You may be right, but the way I see it, Hamas and Jewish extremists are the best friends. They feed off each other. I wouldn't be surprised if Hamas itself is at least partly a creation of some Israeli political and intelligence circles. SO, the first thing must be elimination of the extremism from the political process, it is a task for both Jews and Arabs. Palestinians should be aware of that, love for their own people must prevail over their (justified) hatred towards Israel.
This is the type of phrase you'd expect from some UN politician. Sounds good and reasonable but deep down it's just BS that won't lead anywhere. Israel as the oppressor must make the first commitment to the oppressed ones. Right now that will is absent in both the israeli gvt as in the jewish israeli people in general.
Palestinian leaders are a response to brutalization and occupation that their people have received. That much has happened in pretty much every act of occupation and brutalization throughout human history.
To break the vicious circle, both sides must make painful decisions. Otherwise they will continue to heap reactions on reactions forever, and continue justifying everything they do. It's as simple as that.
You say no side has their hands cleans? Of course. But that doesn't mean that some hands are dirtier than the others.
True, but still both of us should refrain from taking sides here, don't you think? We should live there to see how it really looks like, at least I visited Israel once. I do condemn Israel military actions that result in so many civilians killed, but in no way I can justify Hamas.
a condominium? and you began your post talking about utopias? Now that I believe it will (and should not) never happen.
Unlike many other things, I do believe that this is something that we will live to see. I think that the solution for Jerusalem is international presence and joint government supervised by a UN authority. It may be the core of a lasting understanding between the Jews and the Arabs, something that might be used to build future on. But both sides will have to swallow a bitter pill initially.