But in this de facto state, 3.5 million Palestinian Christians and Muslims are denied the same political and civil rights as Jews. These Palestinians must drive on separate roads, in cars bearing distinctive license plates and only to and from designated Palestinian areas. It is illegal for a Palestinian to drive a car with an Israeli license plate. These Palestinians, as non-Jews, neither qualify for Israeli citizenship nor have the right to vote in Israeli elections.
In South Africa, such an allocation of rights and privileges based on ethnic or religious affiliation was called apartheid. In Israel, it is called the Middle East's only democracy.
-- Michael Tarazi, Why Not Two Peoples, One State?; International Herald Tribune, 5 Oct 2004.
PHOTO: The photo, "Weather In Israel" (click to enlarge), is from Three Months In Palestine. It shows a daily weather forecast from the Jerusalem Post's print edition, and is dedicated to anyone who has ever whined to me that coexistence with Palestinians is impossible because "they don't even show Israel on their maps".