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One State, Two States

One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict

Benny Morris
Copyright Date: 2009
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 256
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    One State, Two States
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    "What is so striking about Morris's work as a historian is that it does not flatter anyone's prejudices, least of all his own," David Remnick remarked in aNew Yorkerarticle that coincided with the publication of Benny Morris's1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War.With the same commitment to objectivity that has consistently characterized his approach, Morris now turns his attention to the present-day legacy of the events of 1948 and the concrete options for the future of Palestine and Israel.

    The book scrutinizes the history of the goals of the Palestinian national movement and the Zionist movement, then considers the various one- and two-state proposals made by different streams within the two movements. It also looks at the willingness or unwillingness of each movement to find an accommodation based on compromise. Morris assesses the viability and practicality of proposed solutions in the light of complicated and acrimonious realities. Throughout his groundbreaking career, Morris has reshaped understanding of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Here, once again, he arrives at a new way of thinking about the discord, injecting a ray of hope in a region where it is most sorely needed.

    eISBN: 978-0-300-15604-1
    Subjects: History, Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vii-vii)
  4. MAPS
    (pp. viii-xiv)
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  6. 1 The Reemergence of One-Statism
    (pp. 1-27)

    Palestinian Arab Islamic fundamentalists, of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad varieties, have always advocated the elimination of Israel and a one-state—a Muslim Arab state—solution for the Israel/Palestine problem. But over the past few years, Palestinian Arab intellectuals linked to the mainstream Fatah Party and living in the West have also begun talking openly about the desirability, or at least the inevitability, of a one-state solution—one state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, inhabited by both Arabs and Jews. This marks a break from their at least superficial espousal during the 1990s of a two-state solution and...

  7. 2 The History of One-State and Two-State Solutions
    (pp. 28-160)

    When looking at past attitudes toward possible one-state and two-state solutions to the Palestine/Israel problem, it is well to remember that there was a twenty-five- to fifty-year hiatus between the two groups, the Jews and the Palestine Arabs, in the emergence of modern national consciousness and the development of their national movements. This hiatus, or, rather, what underlay it—differences in mentality and levels of cultural, social, economic, and political development—was in part responsible for the difference in attitudes toward the evolving problem and its possible solution.

    Political Zionism emerged in eastern Europe in the early 1880s, under the...

  8. 3 Where To?
    (pp. 161-202)

    In the previous chapter I traced the separate trajectories before 1948 of Zionist and Palestinian Arab political thinking about the desired destiny of Palestine. I have shown that both national movements, the Jewish-Zionist national movement from the 1880s and the Palestine Arab national movement from its birth in the 1920s, initially sought sovereignty for their people over the whole country. That was the main political goal of each movement.

    But the mainstream of the Zionist movement, led by pragmatic politicians and parties and beset by the Nazi onslaught on European Jewry as well as Arab assault in Palestine, over 1937–...

  9. Notes
    (pp. 203-222)
  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 223-229)
  11. Index
    (pp. 230-240)