I applaud your magazine taking on the most necessary debate of one-state vs. two-state solution for Israel/Palestine. This is a most necessary debate for many more Americans to get involved in. And yes--this is an American issue, not just a Jewish American issue. I wish more non-Jewish Americans would wake up to that fact! In terms of envisioning a one-state resolution, Palestinian-American Ali Abunimah offers a refreshing representation in his recent book, One Country, which smartly uses the template of successful peace, now, in Ireland. This solution would not have that many unknowns, according to this book. The real question is, where is the Israeli DeKlerk, willing to free the Palestinians, and really get down to business on peace? If more non-Jewish Americans challenged their counterparts, softening up the stranglehold of the Lobby--yes, I said it!--and got Israel to realize it is on a destructive course as it now exists (not a true democracy when it can't separate church from state, and inciting its neighbors to behave likewise, as events keep unfolding this reality), the one state is the only viable solution for everyone's honor. Either that, or take the road of Philip Roth's 1993 book, Operation Shylock, and move to a friendlier neighborhood! Seriously.
Jul 7 2007 - 6:16pm