Meron Benvenisti, on 21 August 2008, writes in Haaretz.com that Israel's greatest fear is a one-state solution
According to Benvenisti, there are "reports that more and more Palestinians are now leaning toward a one-state solution... The binational option is viewed by most Israelis as spelling the destruction of their state..."
There is a "dramatic gap in gross domestic product per capita between Palestinians and Israelis, which is 1:10 in the West Bank and and 1:20 in the Gaza Strip.
There is an "enormous inequality in the use of natural resources (land, water). This gap cannot exist without the force of arms provided so effectively by the defense establishment, and even most of those who oppose the 'occupation' are unwilling to let go of it, since that would impinge on their welfare..."
The status quo survives due to:
"fragmentation of the Palestinian community and incitement of the remaining fragments against each other;
"enlistment of the Jewish community into support for the occupation regime, which is perceived as protecting its very existence;
"funding of the status quo by the 'donor nations', which cause corruption among the Palestinian leadership;
"persuasion of the neighboring states to give priority to bilateral and global interests over Arab ethnic solidarity;
"success of the propaganda campaign known as 'negotiations with the Palestinians', which convinces many that the status quo is temporary and thus they can continue to amuse themselves with theoretical alternatives to 'the final-status arrangement';
"the silencing of all criticism as an expression of hatred and anti-Semitism..."
Photo: Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 14 years exile on February 1, 1979. He is helped off the plane by one of the Air France pilots. Source sajed.ir. (aangirfan: The Shah of Iran was toppled by the CIA and MI6?)
On 4 August 2008, Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashai said:
"We are friends of all of humanity. There is no difference at all between the Iranians and Americans, even the Israelis are our friends."
On 20 July 2008, Mashai said that Iran was "friends with the Israeli people". He described theUnited States as "one of the best nations in the world...Today, Iran is friends with the American and Israeli people. No nation in the world is our enemy." - 'Iranians believe in peace and love'
Iranian cleric Marakem Shirazi was quoted as saying by the conservative Jomhuri Eslami newspaper: "There is no doubt that the Israeli regime and people are both against Islam and Muslims, occupying their lands... so how could we speak of friendship with them?" Top Iran cleric chides Ahmadinejad aide over Israeli remarks
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"Top Democratic Party officials are expecting Sen. Barack Obama to select Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh as his running mate as early as midweek," according to US News and World Report.
"A POLICE investigation has been launched after workmen found what are believed to be human bones at Jersey Steel.
"The remains – thought to be part of a skull and at least two other bones – were found yesterday by Dandara workmen who were digging foundations at the site in St Peter." - Workers find bones believed to be human