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One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict

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“What is so striking about Morris’s work as a historian is that it does not flatter anyone’s prejudices, least of all his own,” David Remnick remarked in a New Yorker article that coincided with the publication of Benny Morris’s 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War. With the same commitment to objectivity that has consistently characterized his approach, Morris no ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Barry Levy
Excellent overview of Israel-Palestine conflict - and the realities. Marks some revision - and pragmatism - by a previous revisionist. Contends there is a third way solution: the Palestinians throwing their lot in with Jordan. A good and true solution, considering nearly half Jordanians are Palestinians, and Jordan used to have governorship over the West Bank. But not one the Hashemite Kingdom will easily heel to, especially considering a loss of power, and the reality of the thousands of Palest ...more
Elliot Ratzman
An Israeli historian whose earlier work dispelled falsehoods about the origins of the Palestinian refugees in 1948, Morris’ scholarship is still widely considered sound; his political instincts lately are less nuanced. This book is a challenge to the “one state” or binational solution to the Israeli-Palestinian impasse. He shows that both the Zionist and Palestinian elites wanted a one-state solution, but without the other group. Brit Shalom and other small Jewish groups who advocated binational ...more
K. M.
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It's quite some time ago that I've read this book. Enjoyed it though. Most of all the part about the Palestinians being Jordanians essentially and how that was a likely answere to the problem of the idea of a Palestinian state which under all circumstances wouldn't be viable anyway. Thus the Palestinians would be better of being integrated into Jordania which already has a major contingent of Palestinians under its rule. In fact it would be better for everybody considering that the Jordanian sec ...more
Billie Pritchett
Gosh, it's been a while since I read Benny Morris's One State, Two States so I don't exactly have the appropriate perspective to comment on it, but I'll try anyway. Basically, Morris argues that there is no real solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict short of having the Palestinians be absorbed into Jordan. Morris seems especially angry in the book, by the way, that Palestinians have rejected peace proposals every time they've been on the table. Those who are sympathetic with the Palestinian ...more
this book is not nearly as even-handed as others may portray it. In the end, Morris disproportionately mentions every incident of major Arab violence while (ahem) leaving out the parallel incidents of Israeli violence... At the end of the book he writes some pretty borderline if not completely racist things about Arabs and claims it is their eternal hate for Jews that will prevent a two-state solution from ever working... he portrays Jews as completely open-minded and does not blame any correspo ...more
Richard of our study group suggested we read and discusss.
My friends were much more taken by this "essay" than I was taken by it.
12/16 of book on "one state" and an excellant discussion of the history and background and debunking.
12/16 of book on "two state" and the difficulty/impossibilty of it.
2/16 of book on a third idea, one involving Jordan.
Oh yeah, the same Jordan that just said if Israel says that outloud, they'll recall ambassadors.
I must thank Richard for having us read Morris's essay a
Andrew Latham
Logical, reasonable, persuasive! One of the best takes on the One State/Two State debate to date. Strongly recommended!
Christopher Blosser
In what I think is characteristic of Morris, a realistic (if not depressing) analysis of the "one state" and "two state" solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the unattainably of the former and the immense challenges to achieving the latter. His 'resolution' to the conflict -- of Jordan incorporating Gaza and the West bank -- much too briefly presented in the last pages of the book in resignation and despair, may be just as untenable.
Benny Morris does a nice job here describing the tangled mess of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Admittedly, he is an Israeli, and presents the history from the Israeli point of view. Both sides would probably agree with his conclusions, however, which were a bit depressing. It may be easier to find the graviton, dark matter and solve all the equations of general field theory than to end this conflict.
A depressing reminder of where things stand. His far fetched pseudo solution with Jordan is actually looking marginally more realistic now that the middle east is in shambles. Not on the same level as "1948" but it's not really a history book, more of a long essay. Ultimately, it's a concentrated assault on the one state solution.
a must read for those who are interested in the arab-israeli conflict, particularly why a peaceful resolution between the palestinians and israelis has not been reached. warning, the outcome looks nothing but bleak, but it is certainly better to know what you're up against than approaching this conflict with limited knowledge.
Aside from the fact that you could almost feel the venom dripping off of the pages, there were some good ideas mixed in. This would have been a lot better and much easier to take seriously if he didn't spend so much time insulting the Palestinians and Westerners.
David Wasser
A lightweight analysis of the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
He is very biased against Palestinians.
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Benny Morris is professor of history in the Middle East Studies department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the city of Be'er Sheva, Israel. He is a key member of the group of Israeli historians known as the "New Historians".
More about Benny Morris...
Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1998 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited The Road to Jerusalem: Glubb Pasha, Palestine and the Jews Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956: Arab Infiltration, Israeli Retaliation, and the Countdown to the Suez War

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