Friday, January 04, 2013

The ever thoughtful Henry Siegman: "the two-state solution is dead."

From the National Interest:
"By abandoning the Palestinian Authority, ending the ugly Fatah-Hamas rivalry and mounting a struggle for full citizenship rights in the Greater Israel they now live in, Palestinians will challenge not only Israel's public but also the United States and the international community to finally stand up to the most reactionary government in Israel's history. If that struggle does not bring back the two-state option, nothing will. In that case, the struggle that Palestinians will have initiated for citizenship and equal rights in Greater Israel could not have been more timely."
In 2010, the Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace released Israel and Palestine--Two States for Two Peoples: If not now, when? in 2010.  In the intervening three years, not only has no progress been made toward that end, but the prospects for achieving a two-state solution have all but evaporated.  Moreover, there is no credible evidence to suggest that the U.S. administration intends to accord serious attention to achieving a two-state outcome.  The dire and realistic assessment offered in Siegman's essay is therefore keenly relevant.

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