The left-wing author A.B. Yehoshua was surprisingly quoted as saying the two-state solution which he has been advocating for decades “doesn’t make sense”.
Arutz Sheva reported him saying that “It doesn’t make sense to talk about two states.”
“This solution is made more and more difficult, more and more problematic, and after 50 years it has become even harder because of what’s happening on the ground,” Yehoshua said in an interview marking his 80th birthday. “The solution was made impossible first because of the huge ‘settlements’ that now require evacuating 450,000 people, which is completely delusional.”
He proposes something similar to that of Naftali Bennett, who has said that Israel should annex Area C, where most of the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria are and only contains 4% of the Arab population.
“They conflict day and night with the Jews living there, and they suffer the issue of occupation in the hardest way,” Yehoshua said of Area C Arabs. “I say to give them residency status, like the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem … or even citizenship. That way, you upgrade their position. From the perspective of Israel’s demographics, there’s no problem.”
This is a quite unbelievable turnaround from one of Israel’s leading left-wing activists and thought leaders of the past 50 years.