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bEventually the Brit Shalom intellectuals joined in a group bcalled Ihud and worked with the Marxist Hashomer Hatzair bmovement in a common League for Jewish-Arab Cooperation band Rapprochement whose goal was a binational state.

bEssentially, the difference between the binationalists and bthe official Zionists was over delusions. Each had its own, and bthe ultimate common denominator that all refused to see—that ball did not wish to see—was that the Arabs believed the land bwas theirs—all of it—that as the majority they had the right to it band saw no reason to give up one inch of land or one centimeter bof rights.

bMany blind Zionists; see how they ran! Faced with the un- bmistakable fact of the existence of the Arab who was a majority bin the land, they groped in various directions, saying:

b1. The Arab as a distinct entity does not really exist and bwill ultimately be absorbed by the Jews—so there is no problem.

b2. The Arabs do exist and will remain, but they are only a bcollection of tribes and classes and not a national people—so bthere is no problem.

b3. The Arabs are a national people, but if we show them bgoodwill, learn Arabic, mix with them, and give them economic band social benefits, they will agree to Jewish control of the coun- btry—so there is no problem.

b4. The Arabs are a national people who will never agree to ba Jewish state but will accept a binational state in which both bJews and Arabs will have exactly the same powers and rights, beven if the Arabs are a majority—so there is no problem.

b5. The Arabs will never accept anything less than their own bsovereign state, so partition of that country into separate Arab band Jewish states will give them what they want; they will ac- bcept the plan, and all the “Palestinians” who wish to will live bwithin its boundaries and any who choose to remain in the Jew- bish state will live with the Jews in brotherhood and equality—so bthere is no problem.

bBut there is a problem. It is a problem of sons who learned bnothing from the errors of their fathers. After one hundred years bof Jewish pioneering return; after eighty years of political Zion- bism; after scores of riots; after four major wars and more than bthirty years of a Jewish state, the sons of the fathers, the Jews of bIsrael, still believe that they can live in peace with the Arabs in b 

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