It may well be that the Israel-Palestine conflict is but a reflection of the Middle East's inherent instability. Unfortunately this means that the area's fate, and that includes Israel's, will be determined by blind historical forces rather than by foresight and planning.
The majority of American Jews understand what Allen West and Joe Walsh fail to see: Building a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel is the only way to secure Israel's future as a Jewish homeland and a democracy.
The implications of this conundrum -- desire for a Jewish state and a demographic challenge to that concept -- are evident and unpalatable: either the Palestinian residents would be denied equal rights or there would be a process of finding a way to get Palestinians to leave the state.
Former Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg endorsed the one-state solution in an article in Haaretz in December 2011, and called the entire left to do the same. Burg has flirted with the idea in the past, but he was never so explicitly.
I don't doubt that some of those advocating a one-state solution sincerely believe that it's the last best hope for security and dignity for both peoples. I also don't doubt that others advocating it have latched on to the concept as cover for their antipathy toward Zionism.
Although the two-state solution was far from perfect, at least it gave answers to these basic questions of governance and civic rights. But Israel's citizens and its government have decided. It will not be.
When the Israelis attacked the Turkish ship with relief supplies, it brought to mind my encounter in 1978 with one of the legendary heroes in the founding of Israel -- a man I knew as Captain Ike Aranne.