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Let's not forget that Zionism is nationalist movement in the mold of 19th Century European nationalisms. From a position of weakness in the British Mandate of Palestine it appeared as a separatist movement but ultimately it is essentialist and irredentist.
Faced with the prospect of remaining a minority in greater Palestine, the Jewish Agency Executive decided that partition was the only way out of the impasse.[6] The principle of partition was placed on the agenda of the Twentieth Zionist Congress. In a 15 July 1937 editorial, David Ben Gurion implied that partition could never be an acceptable long-term solution: 'The Jewish people have always regarded, and will continue to regard Palestine as a whole, as a single country which is theirs in a national sense and will become theirs once again. No Jew will accept partition as a just and rightful solution.'
(source: Wikipedia)

The project consists essentially of reversing the Diaspora and establishing a Jewish-only state in (initially a part, ultimately the whole) Palestine. That Zionism is incompatible with coexistence has been in full display since at least the 1930s. Thus, it is incompatible with a single-state solution unless the single state is Jewish only and Arabs are either expelled or given second-class status.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 6th, 2009 at 07:29:01 AM EST

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