The One-state Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock

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Manchester University Press, 2005 - Arab-Israeli conflict - 276 pages
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The one-state solution demonstrates that Israeli settlements have already encroached on the occupied territory of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the extent that any Palestinian state in those areas is unviable. It reveals the irreversible impact of Israel's settlement grid by summarising its physical, demographic, financial and political dimensions. Virginia Q.Tilley explains why we should assume that this grid will not be withdrawn - or its expansion reversed - by reviewing the role of the key political actors: the Israeli government, the United States, the Arab states, and the European Union. Finally the book addresses the daunting obstacles to a one-state solution - including major revision of the Zionist dream but also Palestinian and other regional resistance - and offers some ideas about how these obstacles might be addressed.

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In view of the highly likely failure of the present peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, all who are concerned about moving towards a just and enduring peace in the Holy Land ... Read full review

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It's hard to take the other reviewer seriously when she says so little about the content of this brilliantly written book. The book not only addresses the hopeless position of a US dominated Israel, but proposed a solution that at the time was daring and original - the one state solution to creating peace in a country in which tension and separation between factions was and is used as an excuse to draw in the military might of western powers. Dr. Tilley's language is intended to be strong and persuasive. She has no reason to apologize for it.
The phrases the other reviewer quotes from Dr. Tilley, and then condemns - 'ethnic cleansing,' for one - does not seem too strong in light of history since Ms. Tilley's book was published. Events such as the attack on the Gaza bound aid ship in May 2010 inspired similar phrases toward the leadership of Israel from countries around the world. The fact that the crew and passengers of the Gaza ship noticed that the soldiers who attacked them had Australian accents, only underscores Dr. Tilley's point that Israeli leaders cannot count on their own citizens to agree with them that a civil war between Arabs and Jews in their own country is an acceptable state of affairs. She is clearly saying that Israeli citizens, both Arabs and Jews, are not being served by the present political situation in Israel. This book was ahead of its time, and has held up well since.


The Settlement Grid
or Why No Other Plan Will Work
The Key External Actors
The Expanding Debate
Appendix A
Appendix B

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Virginia Q. Tilley is Associate Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the USA

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