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Why Palestine is impossible
Palestinians in Gaza vow to prosecute, criminalize anyone who normalizes with Israel
The impossibility of a Palestinian state has little to do with Israel and its control of parts of the Palestinian Territories, and much to do with Palestinian inability to internalize democracy.
In Gaza, factions held a conference to combat normalization with Israel, which is ok. What is not ok is that the conference called for "prosecuting and criminalizing anyone who normalizes with the occupation," in this case journalists, whose job should be -- by definition -- to gauge opinions on both sides of any issue, and to question common wisdom, rather than using their voices to propagate majority thinking.
The majority of Palestinians perceive of themselves as one unit whose parts have to have identical behavior and opinions. This is a Palestinian and, more generally, an Arab problem, where freedom of expression, equality and democracy never struck root, even when given a chance to.
If Muslim Arabs cannot allow differences among their own ranks, how can they coexist with people from different religions or ethnicities, such as Jews, Kurds, Assyrians, Copts or others? And how can there be a binational state in Israel/Palestine when basic freedom of expression is not understood or practiced among Palestinians, who would be a majority in such a state?
The disparity in political culture has created a wedge between the Jews and the Arabs and divided them into two non-ethnic blocs, with a few Arabs joining the Jewish bloc and a few Jews joining the Arab bloc. A binational state means that the predominantly Jewish bloc surrenders the state to the Arab bloc. The Jewish bloc will live as a minority and never practice sovereignty again.
History offers many examples of a Jewish minority living in a predominantly Muslim state. None of these examples are attractive enough for Israeli Jews to let go of their sovereignty and surrender their state to Muslim Arab rulers.
In Israel, Jewish Israelis, such as from the organization BTselem, call Israel Apartheid, and chase Israeli soldiers with their cameras, presumably to document Israeli injustices. No one in Israel prosecutes or criminalizes BTselem or its activists, even if social shaming is probable. This is why there exists a state called Israel, and this is why the existence of a Palestinian state, other than the current Hamas-stan in Gaza, looks impossible.