At the same time, the Israeli left is looking into another idea that involves Palestinian-Israeli voters. They are considering reaching out to Palestinian inhabitants in East Jerusalem, who constitute 38% of the city’s population, to try to convince them to participate in the 2013 municipal elections. If they agree to lift the boycott on municipal elections, the capital of the Jewish state will be administered by a non-Zionist mayor and city council.
A Palestinian local party will have no ideological problem joining ultra-Orthodox parties in order to form a coalition, or force the Jewish mayor to offer their representatives equal partnership. A bi-national administration in the so-called “united capital” may serve as shock treatment to mainstream Israelis. It will make them realize that the alternative to a two-state solution puts the state’s Jewish character at serious risk. Right-wing parties will have a hard time accusing the center, and the right-wing, parties of collaboration with the enemy. After all, they don’t miss an opportunity to declare that Jerusalem will be forever the united capital of Israel, without discrimination between east and west, Jews and Arabs.
This can only happen if the Palestinian leadership realizes that it is in its interest to encourage Palestinian-Jerusalemites to participate in the municipal elections, which could set a precedent for a bi-national alternative to the shrinking two-state solution. On the other hand, it will allow the Israeli dove parties to demonstrate to the Jewish public that if Israel wants to stay both Jewish and democratic, it must separate from most of the territories and the people it has been occupying for the last 45 years.
Here by ‘Palestinian-Israeli’ - he means Palestinians living in Israel, or East Jerusalem.
Not sure how feasible. (There can be lot of realistic hurdles?) But it’s an idea - as ‘One state’ or ‘Binational state’ option becomes more and more subject of speculations. His reasoning is that if East Jerusalem municipal body become to be run by so many elected Palestinians - how it’d look (shocking/surprising) - to Israelis. They might come awake what ‘acquiring territories (and Jerusalem)’ is going to mean - eventually entail.