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One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse Paperback – August 21, 2007
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About the Author
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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As Abunimah himself points out, both sides favor a two-state solution, although many Palestinians support a one-state solution over a two-state solution without full sovereignty of the West Bank and Gaza. For Israelis, only the most radical minority calls for what most equate with the destruction of the State of Israel. The book fails to explain how Abunimah's vision could be implemented in spite of the international consensus on a two-state solution and Israel's overwhelming opposition to losing its status as a Jewish state. He also never addresses how such a state could function in the face of such raw tensions without breeding further violence. Finally, while he shows a certain understanding of Jewish fears and insists on maintaining the Law of Return (which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel), he brushes aside the fear that a state with an Arab majority will fail to truly safeguard Jewish rights. It is possible that it would, but at this point, there is not enough trust between the two communities to give Israeli Jews the security to contemplate taking such a risk.Read more ›
It is beautifully and elegantly written. Ali Abunimah can write like the best. It surprised me that a man who must feel deeply about this conflict was able to write such an truthful and almost blame-free book. Nothing too nasty - this is a classy guy and his restraint is admirable, making this a potent book. Arabs usually indulge in hyperbole which is a big turn-off to Western audiences, but not this author... if anything, the book is understated. But style is the least of it - what he says is worth saying.
What's different about this book is that he starts down the road of implementation. He actually considers what it would take to achieve a unitary state. He made two excellent suggestions for laying the groundwork for peace that immediately come to mind.
He says that the Palestinians need to articulate a vision that the Jews can accept, along the lines that Mandela used in his struggle - that they see historic Palestine as belonging to everyone who lives there, Jews and Arabs. Sharing! Forget the nonsense about pushing Israel into the sea.
And he says that Israel must not be rewarded for its illegal and aggressive behavior but rather, punished. Right on... it's the only way... make the status quo painful, and offer a more attractive and peaceful alternative.
Any person who is thinking about how to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians must read this book. It's the best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Should have ZERO star. Ali Abuminah despises Israel and wants its destruction as a Jewish state. This illegitimate "proposal" would ensure that. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Let's Go Oakland
A healthy view and prescription how to cure the malady between Jews and Palestinians in the Middle-East. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dan Tal
Had to get this for a class and really appreciated it. Abunimah's proposal should be the leading solution in the UN right now.Published 12 months ago by Emma
Finally, a hopeful book about the potential for peace and equality in Israel/Palestine. We have long been bemoaning the lost opportunity for a two state solution; the ever... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kathy Felgran
The bold proposal was the one advanced by the Arabs in 1936 and 1947. Tout c'est change, c'est le meme chose.Published 22 months ago by @GOPIsrael
I read this book after Tsvi Misinai's "Brother Shall Not Lift Sword Against Brother" and before Caroline Glick's "The Israel Solution". Read morePublished 22 months ago by Konrad Riggenmann
The book is extremely well written, but unfortunately it is based on well meant wishful thinking and not on the sad reality.Published 22 months ago by Dr. Abraham Z. Simhony