Archive for September, 2009

The Dangers of One-State Fantasies

September 14, 2009

In my latest piece in Zeek Magazine, I review the new book by Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine. His book addresses the ideology and inherent dangers of the currently marginal political movement for a single state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Though it is currently marginal, the movement has the potential for growth as the two-state solution becomes increasingly difficult to achieve and as repeated peace efforts bear little fruit. But a on-estate idea is not just a distraction and a utopian vision, if anything like it were ever realized, the result would be disaster on many levels. Even its achievement could only ever come about through years of conflict that is much worse than anything we’ve ever seen.

Ibish recognizes that for the Palestinians to ever have freedom and self-determination Israelis must agree. He makes a strong case that two-staters should all become familiar with and one-staters should seriously consider, even if only because, thus far, their leading ideologues have not even attempted seriously to respond to the issues Ibish raises. Read my review here.

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