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One Country

A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

Ali Abunimah

Picador

A "visionary"* approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--one state for two peoples--that is more urgent than ever
 
It is by now a commonplace that the only way to end the Israeli-Palestinian violence is to divide the territory in two. All efforts at resolving the conflict have come down to haggling over who gets what: Will Israel hand over 90 percent of the West Bank or only 60 percent? Will a Palestinian state include any part of Jerusalem?
 
Clear-eyed, sharply reasoned, and compassionate, One Country proposes a radical alternative: to revive the neglected idea of one state shared by two peoples. Ali Abunimah shows how the two are by now so intertwined--geographically and economically--that separation cannot lead to the security Israelis need or the rights Palestinians must have. Taking on the objections and taboos that stand in the way of a binational solution, he demonstrates that sharing the territory will bring benefits for all.
 
The absence of other workable options has only led to ever- greater extremism. It is time, Abunimah argues, for Palestinians and Israelis to imagine a different future and a different relationship.

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One Country
CHAPTER ONEAn Impossible PartitionUK foreign secretary Jack Straw stood at the dispatch box in a packed House of Commons. After parrying members' questions on the intricacies of European Union (EU) budgetary reform and sugar subsidies, he became more ebullient when debate turned to the Middle East peace process. He commended Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for his "courage" in pulling Israeli settlers out of Gaza and declared, "I am more hopeful about the prospects for a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians than I have been at any time in the past four and a half years."
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  • Ali Abunimah

  • Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American, is the co-creator and editor of the Electronic Intifada Web site. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he has written for the Chicago Tribune, among other publications.

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A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

Ali Abunimah

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