It is with a great degree of sadness that I have to register this sad fact: the democratic, Jewish Israel I believed in is dying a slow, agonizing death. It has been killed by its leaders, by its past mistakes and by the lack of vision of the West. The only positive note I can make is that there is still time to avert this disaster, but it will take an amazing amount of luck and bravery, two things that are scarce in this continuing tragedy. Why do I say this? - Israel is going to be stuck between two impossible choices and one hardly bearable option if it continues on its present path. choice a) with the final surge of Palestinian births, the Palestinians will greatly outnumber the Israelis in the disputed area of Palestine (part of which is Israel). The Israelis will be stuck with an ungovernable population of hostile Palestinians, in effect a 21st century version of apartheid South Africa. Israel becomes even more of a pariah state, and the very democratic, Jewish nature of Israel is destroyed. choice b) Israel absorbs the Palestinians into the Israeli nation, and "one man, one vote" takes place and Israel ceases to be a majority Jewish nation, more Arab than Jewish, more Palestinian than Israeli. choice c) The international community imposes a peace settlement on both sides, with the city of Jeruselem declared custody of all peoples of the world (i.e. the UN or some governing body) that is administered by a triumverate of Christian, Jewish and Muslim clerics. Most of Israel's settlements are abandoned, and the Palestinians have a small state with which to build a new future. Israel is guaranteed its security by a permanent NATO military presence, including a US Navy strike group out of Hafia and a US Marine base in the Negev desert. It is my sincere hope that at some point in the next few years, an American administration will come to this last option and enact it, because it is the only way to prevent Israel from having to choose options 1 or 2.