Rabin Holds Out for a Palestinian Bantustan
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore and then run?
Or does it explode?"
Langston Hughes wrote these lines nearly 50 years ago about the struggle of Black Americans for racial equality. Today his question applies equally well to the people of Gaza and the West Bank, whose longing to be free has met continued frustration.
The peace accord signed last September between Israel and the PLO deferred consideration of Palestinian demands for statehood and a role in governing Jerusalem. However, it held out the promise that Israeli troops would …