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South Africa's last president under white rule has suggested that Israel risks heading toward apartheid if it does not reach a peace deal with Palestine.Comparisons to South Africa's racist rule have increased in public discourse about Israel and its treatment of Palestinians.In an interview aired Tuesday on Israeli Channel 2 TV, de Klerk said calling Israel an apartheid state now was "unfair". But he said that without the establishment of a Palestinian state, Israel may have to contend with the consequences of one state for both peoples. Israel vehemently rejects any comparison to apartheid-era South Africa. Most of its leaders, including hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have endorsed the idea of establishing a Palestinian state to protect Israel's Jewish majority. Paul Hirschson, a South African-born spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, brushed off de Klerk's remarks, saying Israel would not accept a one-state solution.
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