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Only Israel West of the River: The Jewish State & the Palestinian Question Paperback – June 13, 2011


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461027268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461027263
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yoel Meltzer on June 29, 2011
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"The political debate in Israel, as to whether an independent Palestinian state would be a blessing for Israel or a curse, is more of a self-contained monologue than a dialogue with ideas and adversaries. The paradigm of the two-state solution has closed all debate." These powerful words from Mordechai Nisan describing the political reality in Israel, is what this new book, "Only Israel West of the River", is trying to overcome.

In a concise 151 page book Nisan manages to analyze various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian issue with clarity and understanding that is illuminating. Rather than ignoring or glossing over difficult issues, Nisan tackles them in a way that is direct and honest without being abrasive or confrontational. Agree or disagree with his analysis, it is evident that he is being intellectually honest.

His goal is to change the paradigm of how Israel deals with the Palestinian issue since he believes that the closed debate regarding the two-state solution is detrimental to Israel's future. He writes, "It is the responsibility of government and the creativity of its leaders to address a problem in a spirit of realism; the threat emanating from the problem can catalyze energies to formulate a solution. Inasmuch as Israel's very existence is threatened by the Palestinians (and their Arab brothers and allies), there can be no resolution without a sound accounting of the immediacy and urgency of the problem." In this realm he believes that Israel's politicians have failed; they have not honestly addressed the problems and therefore they have not provided proper solutions. Still further, he claims that the way Israel deals with this issue will ultimately have an effect on Israel itself.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ella on September 14, 2011
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Had a book entitled Only Israel West of the River: The Jewish State and the Palestinian Question been published a year ago, it would have been received as another offering of the Israeli right. Today the West stands idly by as the Assad regime slaughters Syrian citizens on a daily basis. NATO's "victory" over two-bit Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has created a swath of instability from Tunisia to the Israeli border. The sight of 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak, who seven months ago ruled over the Arab world's most populous and well-armed nation, being wheeled into a cage in an Egyptian courtroom, illustrates just how volatile the situation is. With the Arab world on the verge of chaos and the Iranian A-bomb becoming closer to reality each day, this newly published book by Mordechai Nisan reads like a manifesto for all who care about Israel's survival, Jews and non-Jews alike.
In this compact but comprehensive volume, Nisan, who taught Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University for 35 years, covers the basis of Jewish nationhood that led to the rebirth of Israel, the conflict with the Palestinian Arabs and the greater Muslim world. The author argues that while Israel is constantly delegitimized in global forums and by the international media, it is in fact, the very model of national legitimacy. No other nation possesses a "transcending historical plan and the written chronicles of nationhood," he thunders, referring to the Bible and its massive influence on the history of humanity. Answering the charge of racism often hurled at the Jewish State, Nisan shows how the Jewish people, who have been its greatest historical victim, have created a multihued mosaic based on a shared Jewish identity.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tsvia bat Rachel on November 28, 2011
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Dr. Mordechai Nisan, who taught Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for 35 years, and wrote extensively on Arab-Israeli issues, Islam, and minority peoples in the region, has now written a short book on a most timely political topic.
He confronts the consensual international view of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and rejects it in the name of `Only Israel West of the River' - the title of his book.
Nisan offers a defense of Israel on a range of issues. He first delves into the global anti-Israel de-legitimization campaign that charges the Jewish state with racism, and explains the national right of the Jewish people to statehood. At the same time, he explains the intricacies of Israel's pluralistic social and political community as open to non-Jews who accept the legitimacy of the state.
He then analyzes the rights and needs of Israel, in controlling all of united Jerusalem as both a security and an ideological position. He also presents the position for settling and retaining the Biblical the homeland of Judea and Samaria ("West Bank") as a national enterprise of return and population dispersion. To lose the mountain heartland is to return to the nine-mile width border near Netanya and Kfar Saba.
Dr. Nisan is forthright in arguing on behalf of permanent Israeli rule in the territories and thereby denying the idea of Palestinian statehood. The Oslo Accords provided a recipe for negotiations as the mode for resolving conflicts, thus a unilateral Palestinian initiative is fundamentally a nullification of Oslo and a slide toward a chaotic future.
In this book, Nisan proposes that the area of Jordan under the Hashemite kingdom should be transformed into the Palestinian state.
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