I am all for a secular one state solution. I'm American so, fundamentally, I am opposed to nations built on ethnicity and or religious identity.
I am also Jewish.
However, I don't see a secular one state solution happening.
When people ask me how I can favor such a solution, warning me that then there will be a majority of Muslims in the country, I ask them why its important whether or not the majority is Jewish or Muslim. If they are American Jews, I tell them they sound like xenophobic white American Christians when they say that.
And I tell them that what is important is a secular constitution, the rights of all, and the values we generally hold paramount here. When they say, that's there, not here, and that there people might suffer the abuses of Sharia law and Muslim fundamentalism. I say yes, there are always threats from the religious right (of all stripes), and that even here, we have to fight to meet them daily. If Israeli Jews have fought all these years as bravely and successfully as they have to support the state as it exists, they can continue to fight as bravely and successfully to support a secular humanist one.
One that doesn't have the star of david on the flag. I wouldn't want the American flag to have the cross on it, and I can well understand Palestinians not wanting the Israeli flag to have the star of david on the flag of the land their families used to live in.
When they then tell me, but their families left. I say of course they did. There was a war and they were on the one hand, enticed to leave by the Arab states surrounding them, and on the other, forced out by those militant Zionists who wanted their land. The fact is that by and large neither the general Arab or Israeli Jewish populations have given a shit about the Palestinians.
When they say but if they would have accepted one of the offered solutions from the beginning, this wouldn't have happened this way. I say, perhaps, but they didn't. And who is this "they." The Palestinians can not be blamed for the decisions of the surrounding states to play or not play and they had a lot more power than they did. Then I say, even to the extent the Palestinians played a role in that process, and even if we can say - as some Palestinian leaders are now admitting - that turning down the original two state solution was a mistake, so what? The Palestinians and Israelis of today can not be blamed for what happened in the 1940s, mistakes made not only by both sides, but by the entire world. They are two peoples who, like it or not, live in a region, and the question is how best, with contemporary standards of political and ethical philosophy, can they coexist, and how we might finally be able to put an end to a conflict that really has no underpinning accept religion and ethnicity.
When they say there is no such thing as Palestinians. I say to the extent they are correct - which they are not - they are only correct because they are talking about a people who have lived under the occupation of others for centuries. But that doesn't mean that they don't exist, have rights, it simply means that they, for the sake of an argument I don't accept, did not have a name. And that means absolutely nothing.