They Say, We Say: "If Palestinians want a state, let them go to Jordan"

They Say We Say We know that pro-Israel does not mean blindly supporting policies that are irrational, reckless, and counter-productive. Pro-Israel means supporting policies that are consistent with Israel's interests and promote its survival as a Jewish, democratic state.

You've heard the arguments of the religious and political right-wing, and so have we. They've had their say. Now, we'll have ours.

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Why the two-state solution?

They Say:

The majority of Jordan's population is Palestinian. If Palestinians want a state, let them go to Jordan, and likewise, let Egypt take over Gaza. Solutions like this make more sense then uprooting Jews and tearing apart the historical land of Israel.

We Say:

This is another effort to manufacture an alternative to the two-state solution. In this case, the idea is to revive interest in the "make-the-Palestinians-someone-else's-problem" scenario, popular in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s with slogans like "Jordan is Palestine" and "Gaza is Egypt."

This is an illusion. Neither Egypt nor Jordan will willingly collude in killing the dream of Palestine. Neither will take on Palestinian populations that would almost certainly be destabilizing, domestically and regionally. Neither will agree to Israel annexing East Jerusalem. And any effort by Israel to force the issue - by trying to dump Gaza in Egypt's lap and force parts of the West Bank on Jordan - would likely cost Israel its peace treaties with both countries.