Okay, I am going way long here. I have decided to print two pieces, the first of which is very long and the second just long. The first is an article by Oren Yiftachel taken from the Middle East Institute. The second is a speech by Yiftachel taken from the same place. Both of these deal with trying to find a solution to what seems the unsolvable Palestine/Israel dichotomy. Both move beyond Two States, to One State and Confederation. Neither are utopian. Neither claim any of this would be easy. Who could say if the ideas expressed here are even or ever possible? We can hope, but when one looks out at the world today, well, we can always hope.
Again, you will have to WANT to read these if you are going to read these. Take your time. On one hand it seems we need to figure this out today, on the other we all know that isn't going to happen.
Anyway, in the end it will remain up to the people directly involved as to what happens.
It is Theoretical Monday at Scission and these are certainly theoretical pieces, but they are theoretical pieces with a reason, with a basis in the real world, with a purpose beyond speculation and academic debate.
By the way, in general, this is the model to which I have become attached en lieu of a No States solution world wide.
NOTE: If you choose to read only one of the pieces below, I suggest the first one which is far more detailed and which presents an excellent historical analysis as well.
NOTE II: There is nothing here that means much as far as stopping the killing and the suffering in Gaza that is going on right now. Further, until the killing stops, few people are going to have the time to sit around thinking, talking,or acting on any real solutions. I know that! On the other hand, merely signing a cease fire, a truce, whatever while it may halt today's horror, won't alone stop tomorrow's.
Between One and Two: Debating Confederation and One-State Solution for Israel/Palestine
Colonial Deadlock or Confederation for Israel/Palestine?