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The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East Hardcover – March 4, 2014

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"Even those who blanch at the thought of Israel annexing the West Bank can learn from the points Glick makes...Glick has brought out her book at an amazing moment, sketching what many will see as a better route toward peace and in the nick of time." -New York Post

"Devotees of the two-state solution will surely dismiss Caroline Glick’s The Israeli Solution out of hand. They shouldn’t. Whether or not one agrees with Glick’s conclusions, it’s hard to dispute her premise: The two-state solution has failed repeatedly for more than 80 years, starting with serial British partition plans in the 1930s. Each time, it has foundered on the same obstacle: Arab rejection of the Jewish state’s right to exist within any borders. And there’s no reason to think this will change anytime soon. So anyone who truly considers the status quo unsustainable needs to explore alternative solutions." -Commentary

"If you read only one book about the Middle East this year, it should be Caroline Glick's. Whether or not you agree with her conclusions, she illuminates the contorted landscape by pointing to an audacious solution. It is only by considering alternative actions that we understand our present circumstances, and Ms Glick concentrates the mind wonderfully." -Asia Times

"A radical proposal advanced in time’s nick for those who doubt the framework Secretary of State Kerry is seeking for talks about a two-state solution. [Glick] lays the arguments out beautifully, and her plan deserves attention on Capitol Hill." -New York Sun

"The most comprehensive and articulate defense of what the Israeli position is that I have ever seen." -Pat Robertson, The 700 Club

"A radical break with current thinking that has a chance to completely change the conversation for the betterment of Israel and America…Glick proposes that given an enemy that has been dedicated to nothing less than the annihilation of Israel, in order to defend its borders and continue to flourish, Israel must claim its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and grant all Palestinians, subject to Israeli law, with permanent residency and the ability to apply for full citizenship…Every person who cares about the fate of the West, regardless of political orientation, will gain something from reading Glick’s lucid, thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book." -The Blaze

"The Israeli Solution will bring the one-state alternative out of the margins and into the mainstream policy debate." -Breitbart 

"A bold, dramatic proposal, cleanly crafted and effectively argued...Given Caroline Glick's background,  she is expertly placed to provide insight into why the two-state concept may have been flawed from its birth." -The Jerusalem Post

"Cuts through all the relativistic baloney regarding the Palestinian controversy and provides a comprehensive explanation for why it is vital for supporters of Israel not go wobbly now. If there is a single new book that can help the public make sense of the Mideast crisis, this is it...Caroline Glick makes a convincing case that the only way to move toward peace in the Middle East is through the one-state plan" -The American Spectator

"The Israeli Solution is a realistic solution because it does not promise to create a new Middle East, assure us that terrorists will become statesmen or breezily offer an end to a hatred that has existed for over a thousand years...Instead she offers the real solution of managing the conflict by taking responsibility for the territory and people instead of abandoning it and them to Arafat or Abbas and hoping that the magic doves of peace will do the rest...Advocates something that has never been tried before throughout this conflict; integration instead of segregation and unity instead of partition." -Frontpage 


“If you want to understand the Middle East, read this book. If you want to know how our corrupt elites in Washington bungled American policy in the most incendiary region in the world, read this book. The Israeli Solution exposes all the lies we’ve been spoon fed for a generation and presents an alternative policy for the United States to follow in the Middle East that is clear headed, rational, legal, and moral. The Israeli Solution is simple and just. This is a must read.” -Mark Levin, bestselling author of Liberty and Tyranny and The Liberty Amendments
"With skill and boldness, Caroline Glick cuts through the fog of diplomacy surrounding what Israel should do with the West Bank.  Her analysis and strategy will cause headaches and palpitations in foreign ministries around the world wedded to the failed ‘two-state solution.’  It will be a character-building experience for them." –John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
“A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the century-old violent conflict between the Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.  Filled with facts, many of them little known and less remembered, it rejects the standard "two-state" paradigm; instead, it proposes a radically new idea based on Jewish rights to the land, combined with full citizenship for the Arab minority. Whether or not one agrees with her conclusions, one can only admire the carefully crafted and compelling logic, based on a thorough knowledge of the facts and a deep understanding of history.” –Professor Robert Aumann, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2005
“Before committing the United States and Israel to yet another generation of futile Middle East peacemaking, everyone interested in bringing genuine and lasting peace to that troubled region owes it to themselves to read and consider Caroline Glick’s passionate, well written and well researched case for The Israeli Solution.” -Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana  

"Written by one of the premier thought leaders and policy visionaries on the Middle East , The Israeli Solution is a timely, pragmatic and forthright analysis of the failures of the two-state strategy since World War I. But Glick doesn't stop with analyzing the problem. She provides a solution that is bold, just, and strategically sound, and she says what needs to be said: Israel is the solution, not the problem. Essential reading for us all." – Allen B. West, former U.S. Representative, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)

“The ‘two-state solution,’ one which American foreign and counterterrorism policy has been based for over two decades, is a tragic farce. As the intrepid Caroline Glick powerfully shows, it has weakened the United States while rendering Israel ever more vulnerable. In place of its continuing and inevitable failure, Glick offers real democracy promotion: a one-state solution that empowers Palestinians with what their corrupt leadership will forever deny: true civil rights.” -Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author of Spring Fever, The Grand Jihad, and Willful Blindness

 “Glick undercuts deeply flawed demographics and easy clichés with facts, reason, and a vision for the future of Arab-Israeli relations. With this provocative and necessary book, Glick has put the foreign policy consensus on alert, for the writing is on the wall—the answer is The Israeli Solution.” –Lee Smith, senior editor, The Weekly Standard

The Israeli Solution is all about facing reality squarely. It is written seriously and deserves to be taken seriously.” –Angelo Codevilla, professor of international relations, Boston University

About the Author

CAROLINE GLICK  is the senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post, where she writes two weekly syndicated columns. Her writing has also been published in leading newspapers and journals, including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, the Journal of International Security Affairs, and Commentary. She is the director of the Israel Security Project at the David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles and the adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Glick founded the popular Hebrew media satire website latma.co.il, where she writes a regular blog and serves as editor in chief. She lives in Mevasseret Zion with her family.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; Fourth Impression edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385348061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385348065
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Israeli Solution by Caroline Glick is a truly superb analysis of the whole issue of Israel vs the "Palestinians", exceptionally well-organized, eminently logical, and with a brilliantly compelling argument -- the only caveat being that her entire proposal hinges upon her well-documented assertion that the demographic information and numbers about the Palestinians is fraudulent and highly inflated, such that even were Judea and Samaria with their Arab populations to be absorbed into Israel, the Jews would retain a substantial majority in the whole of the country, with a future edge in population growth. Abandoning the "two-state" solution of which everyone is so frustratingly enamored really makes total sense, once you eliminate the population bomb of absorbing Arabs into Israel.

After 9/11, I began studying Middle East history, following Sun-Tzu's mandate to know one's enemy. I have read several thousand pages (a whole shelf of books) about specifically the history of Israel, yet I still learned a lot from her analysis. In particular, I think I understand for the first time the rationale and justification for the "settlements", although I have repeatedly sought answers about them from numerous sources, without achieving comprehension of how they are created (not being familiar with the nature of real estate over there, I had not understood that the land on which the settlements are created was "state land", formerly owned by the Ottoman caliphs -- I had pre-conceived that the land was in some way taken from its prior owners (i.e., Arab individuals) (Why doesn't anyone make that clear from the start?!).

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Twenty-some years ago I asked visiting Israeli friends about the new Oslo accords that envisioned an Arab state west of the Jordan River. What happens, I wondered, if the new Palestinian state becomes a garrisoned launch pad for another war? Our friends acknowledged that this was a risk but said Israel had no choice but to accommodate Arab demands. Caroline Glick challenges the “no choice” paradigm in her new book, which is aimed at changing the conversation about the future of Israel. Her proposal is a single-state solution in which Israel brings all the territory west of the Jordan, except for Gaza, under Israeli law. Glick doesn’t pretend this choice would be without cost. She argues that the cost would be less than the cost of permitting the creation of a hostile Palestinian Arab state. The Israeli Solution offers a reasoned, well-supported presentation of her case.
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[Note: This book was provided free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.]

As a well-traveled American of partly Jewish ancestry, the subject of anti-Semitism and the legitimacy of Israel as a nation is a matter that sometimes is a subject of considerable interest and occasional writing and reflection. When I saw this book available for reading and review for one of the publishers whose books I read often, I chose it rapidly, with an eager desire to read it as quickly as possible. Strikingly, I received this book within a couple of days requesting it, getting an uncorrected proof that I had the chance to devour and reflect upon, and although there are a few minor errors that copyediting will fix before this book reaches the general public, this book is well worth the hurry I had in wanting to read it and that the book’s publishers had in wanting to send it. It will richly reward those who read it with an open-mind, and give encouragement as well as instruction to those who are friends of Israel.

This book is organized in a very straightforward way, and it is entirely clear about its goals and its aims and is largely successful in its ambitions at presenting a manifesto for a one-state solution in Israel (with an independent Gaza or one that is incorporated into Egypt). The first part of the book demonstrates that the two-state solution favored by many in the West and by the political leadership of Israel, is a failed idea because it does not take into account the reality of Arab intransigence when it comes to either seeking the best interests of the local population or of any kind of legitimate desire for peace.
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Any one without a jaundiced view of Mid-East politics will have figured out, by now, that the Palestinians will never agree to peace in the region or recognize Israel's right to exist, but many of those with an opinion have, in fact, not figured that out. This work should help cure that jaundice..
What, however, is truly remarkable is that many, if not all, of those holding these views are oblivious to their anti-Semitism and hatred of Jews and would vehemently deny their prejudice. Even more remarkable is they should know better, especially most of the apparently self-hating members of the American Jewish community.
There has not been written a stronger case for what Israel must do and what the Palestinians are. Israel must exercise complete sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and state, clearly and demonstrably, that on this issue one either stands with Israel or anti-Semitic terrorists and murderers. Make it a black/white issue. As the book clearly states, the response will, at first, be fiercely anti-Israel, but will be short-lived. Using a pejorative term in the history of the Mid-East, this book is the true "roadmap" to peace in the region.

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