I was quite dismayed by Franklin Spinney’s recent column regarding the two-state solution. While I respect and value his graphics regarding the water resources, his logic is simply in error and requires a mature critique.
First, the very basic outlook of this article is that one cannot impact the behavior of the Israeli settlers. This is a simple logical flaw. The reality is that the settlers are there precisely because of a subsidy that involves American tax monies. This in turn means that, should Americans demand of their tax dollars cease being used to fund the illegal settlements, the Israelis will either have to do some serious financial restructuring or the settlers will have to move to subsidized housing inside Israel proper. Those who refuse to budge will have to do so in a Palestinian state. Think removing this subsidy is impossible? How long did it take Bill Clinton to get rid of the subsidy to poor mothers via Welfare?