VII. The Solution




In the existing framework of the imperialist domination of the Middle East, where Israel is the front line of such imperialist control, there is no solution to the Palestinian question. The formula of two states, where the Palestinians will get 22% of their country, is simply a cover up that allows Israel expanding the settlements and continuing the dispossession of the Palestinians.


According to a poll taken in March 2019 27% of Israelis back a complete annexation of the West Bank. Another 15% back the annexation of Area C which encompasses 60% of the West Bank. This means 42% of Israelis back the annexation of the West Bank in some form. Of those, 16% of respondents said they support annexation with no political rights for Palestinians, while 11% approve of annexation with political rights for Palestinians. Only 28% of respondents opposed any annexation. 30% said that they weren't sure. [1]


This poll shows that there is no force in Israel, a colonialist settler society, that will support a Palestinian state even in the borders of 1967. Only 28% of the Jews are ready to support the solution of a mini Palestinian state. The Palestinians themselves are not strong enough to force Israel to accept such a mini Palestinian state. The Arab ruling classes in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia collaborate with imperialist Israel. The UN is not a forum willing and able to force Israel to withdraw from the 1967 occupied lands.


This does not mean that there is no force that can solve this question. This force is the Arab and Iranian working class and the peasants. We have seen the fear of all the imperialists and their local servants in the region of the Arab Spring which began in 2011. The Arab spring has not won so far because of the lack of a working class revolutionary leadership. Such a leadership as part of a world party will fight for a socialist federation of the Middle East that Palestine will be part of it.


The struggle will continue for democratic rights. The Arab spring is not dead as we see today in countries like Tunisia and Algeria, but to win it will have to use the theory and the strategy of permanent revolution of Leon Trotsky. Trotsky argued that the working class with the support of the poor peasants would have to carry out the democratic revolution. In addition events would force the proletariat to implement socialist measures alongside bourgeois-democratic measures, thus stepping over the bourgeois-democratic phase of the revolution.


In this struggle it is necessary to win over a section of the Israelis and, in particular, of the workers and the poor.


Unlike the right-wing centrists of Peter Taaffe’s CWI and Alan Woods’ IMT who claim that the key to the national question in Palestine is winning the Jewish working class and for this it is necessary to advocate the self-determination of the Jews in Palestine, revolutionaries recognize the similarity of Israel to the South African apartheid state.


Trotsky wrote on South Africa: “A victorious revolution is unthinkable without the awakening of the native masses. In its turn, that will give them what they are so lacking today – confidence in their strength, a heightened personal consciousness, a cultural growth. Under these conditions the South African Republic will emerge first of all as a “black” republic; this does not exclude, of course, either full equality for the whites, or brotherly relations between the two races – depending mainly on the conduct of the whites. But it is entirely obvious that the predominant majority of the population, liberated from slavish dependence, will put a certain imprint on the state.“ [2]


These centrists claim that Trotsky’s letter on South Africa is not relevant because in South Africa the whites were a minority and this is not the case in Israel. This argument reveals that they are unable to realize the significant facts that Jews are a small minority in the region. Reformist and centrist cannot see beyond the borders of “their” national state and in the case of the centrist in Israel (occupied Palestine) it pushes them to kneel before the Zionists.


A meaningful section of the Jewish is not going to break from Zionism in the very near future but as Israel is getting rotten and at the same time the gap between the rich and the poor is growing daily, under different circumstance a section of the Israelis may realize that it is only hope is to be part of the Arab revolution. Different circumstance can be either a powerful military defeat of Israel in one of its coming wars or a victorious Arab revolution or revolutions in other parts of the world.


We have seen that a section of the Israeli population reacted to the Egyptian mass struggle in Tahrir Square by forming a protest movement in Israel. Furthermore the only time that a section of the colonialist Jews broke from Zionism was in response to the Russian revolution.


[1] Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2019

[2] Leon Trotsky: On the South African Theses (1935); in: Trotsky Writings 1934-35, p. 249