Today’s Washington Post illuminates the knawing reality that the Israeli/Palestinian ‘problem’ is further complicated by two Palestines, each increasingly distinct, adding fresh obstacles to the quest for a two-state solution that envisions Israel and Palestine existing side by side. Gaza has become imbued with a narrow Islamist culture that considers Israel’s elimination the ultimate goal; the West Bank, in contrast, has become relatively open and secular, with its government trying to resolve disputes with Israel through politics and diplomacy.
The two Palestines are increasingly at odds with each other, although the WaPo article makes no reference even to the possibility of armed conflict. Nor does it releave Israel of responsibility for life in Gaza. Nevertheless, with such different cultures emerging, and with a fundamentalist Hamas Islamic culture digging a deep ditch in Gaza, a single-state Palestine seems a very complicated idea. Read Contrasts between Gaza, West Bank show Palestinian divide Washington Post