The chimera of a two-state solution

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

Jonathan Freedland poses the awkward question: “The failure of Oslo, the failure at Camp David, the failure of Annapolis, the failure most recently of John Kerry’s indefatigable nine-month effort has prompted the unwelcome thought: what if it keeps failing not because the leaders did not try hard enough, but because the plan cannot work? What if the two-state solution is impossible?”

That’s taken from Liberal Zionism After Gaza in the New York Review of Books blog. Here, Freedland outlines the dilemma:

“A single state in all of historic Palestine, dominated by Jews but in which Palestinians are deprived of the vote, might be Zionist but it certainly would not be liberal. A binational state offering full equality between Jew and Arab would be admirably liberal, but it would seem to thwart Jewish self-determination, at least as it has traditionally been conceived, and therefore could not easily be described as Zionist.”

The painful reality for those who dream of compromise and closure in this savage conflict is that there is no prospect of a two-state solution. This leaves us with some equally awful scenarios, which cannot be contemplated until many more lives have been lost.

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