The Two State Solution?

Recently the New York Review of Books published an article entitled "Obama and the Middle East" by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley questioning the basis and goals of the internationally supported and sponsored two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

This coincides with the recent release of Benny Morris' latest analysis and contribution on the topic with "One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict". It's a detailed, yet quick read outlining the history and evolution (or lack there of) of one-state and two-state advocates and solutions. es-Resolving/dp/0300122810/ref=sr_1_1?ie =UTF8&s=books&qid=1247547076& ;sr=1-1

Morris' take is grim, but Agha and Malley offer up some important questions: in the current climate the Israeli and Palestinian people would welcome a two-state solution. Would they view it as authentic or illegitimate? Would they see it as ending their conflict or merely opening its next round? Would it be more effective at mobilizing supporters or at galvanizing opponents? What, in short, would a two-state solution actually solve?

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"My heart was racing as I crossed the threshold of Yad Vashem"

There's a beautiful piece in today's Haaretz 563.html
by Aziz Abu Sarah regarding Yom HaShoah (the Holocaust) his internal conflict, as a Palestinian, to recognize this day every year in Israel.  He acknowledges that he knew little or nothing about the Holocaust and had little desire to even peak into it's history.  

There was a stigma attached to it, an understanding that Israel would use the Holocaust to lobby for sympathy, then turn and use the sympathy as a terrible weapon against the Palestinian people.

So when I was asked about the Holocaust, I always felt that defensive urge to say "It was not my fault! I suffered for it too." Deep down, I think I felt that by acknowledging their pain, I would betray or marginalize my own suffering.

Also, some part of me feared that if I sympathized with "the enemy," my right to struggle for justice might be taken away. Now I know this is nonsense: you are stronger when you let humanity overcome enmity. However, it took me time to learn this lesson.

I'll add, this also goes for those who refuse to acknowledge Palestinian suffering.

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