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Beyond the Two-State Solution. A Jewish Political Essay. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5227881
  • Book
  • September 2012
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
For over two decades, many liberals in Israel have attempted, with wide international support, to implement the two-state solution: Israel and Palestine, partitioned on the basis of the Green Line - that is, the line drawn by the 1949 Armistice Agreements that defined Israel’s borders until 1967, before Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza following the Six-Day War. By going back to Israel’s pre-1967 borders, many people hope to restore Israel to what they imagine was its pristine, pre-occupation character and to provide a solid basis for a long-term solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

In this original and controversial essay, Yehouda Shenhav argues that this vision is an illusion that ignores historical realities and offers no long-term solution. It fails to see that the real problem is that a state was created in most of Palestine in 1948 in which Jews are the privileged ethnic group, at the expense of the Palestinians - who also must live under a constant state of emergency. The issue will not be resolved by the two-state solution, which will do little for the millions of Palestinian refugees and will also require the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of Jews living across the Green Line. All these obstacles require a bolder rethinking of the issues: the Green Line should be abandoned and a new type of polity created on the complete territory of mandatory Palestine, with a new set of constitutional arrangements that address the rights of both Palestinians and Jews, including the settlers.
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Foreword: Yehouda Shenhav's Beyond the Two-State Solution, Lama Abu Odeh page vii

Acknowledgments xviii

Introduction and Overview: The Crisis Facing Zionist Democracy 1

A line drawn with a green pencil 3

Time and space 6

The degeneration of the 1967 paradigm 7

The Zionist-liberal left and the peace accords 15

The liberal new nostalgia 22

Separation 26

The settlers 29

The political rights of the Jews 32

1 The Roots and Consequences of the Liberal New Nostalgia 35

The "no partner" approach 35

Chasing the yellow wind 38

The academic and intellectual discourse 52

2 Was 1967 a Revolutionary Year? 55

The "inevitability" of the 1967 Occupation of Palestinian territories 55

The denial of political theology 60

3 The "Political Anomalies" of the Green Line 68

The refugees of 1948 68

The Arabs of 1948 74

The Jewish settlers 92

The Third Israel and its political economy 106

4 1948 and the Return to the Rights of the Palestinians 116

The Nakba 117

Eradication and denial 122

The present time of the Palestinian Nakba 131

A shared time 140

5 The Return to the Rights of the Jews 146

Post-Westphalian sovereignty 149

The possibility of sharing one space 154

A comment on the role of intellectuals in times of crisis 164

Notes 169

Index 230

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Yehouda Shenhav Tel Aviv University.
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