Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Israel's Future: a Premonition

 When my latest book, Does Israel Have a Future? came out in the Fall of 2009, the first shoots of the "Arab Spring," which swept away Egyptian dictator and friend of Israel, Hosni Mubarak,  had not yet pushed their way above ground.  An Egyptian mob had not yet invaded the Israeli embassy in Cairo and forced Israeli diplomats to flee.  Turkey had not yet expelled the Israeli ambassador in a row over a raid launched in Tel Aviv last year, which killed nine Turks on a flotilla bound for Gaza.  And Palestinian leaders had not yet presented a resolution to the United Nations calling for recognition of the state of Palestine, which is predicted to pass in the UN General Assembly.

However, Israeli society will never agree to a militarized Palestinian state on its borders, whatever the UN decides. Nor will the Palestinians accept a Jewish neighboring state, which controls Arab borders, their capability to engage in military actions, their airspace and their water rights.  As tensions mount, a growing number of Americans will be forced to contemplate for the first time what may be the only option left when the two-state (Israel-Palestine) solution begins to unravel. It is Israel's transformation into a multi-ethnic, secular, democratic state, more reflective of American society and its values. Journalist Ali Abunimah's latest book, One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, grapples with many of the details of creating one state shared by two peoples.

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