TITLE

The Rise and Demise of the Two-State Paradigm

AUTHOR(S)
Inbar, Efraim
PUB. DATE
March 2009
SOURCE
Orbis;Mar2009, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p265
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The conventional wisdom recommends the establishment of a Palestinian state to bring about an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (the two-state paradigm). This article first reviews the confluence of domestic and international factors that led to the resurgence of the two-state paradigm. Next, it concludes that a peaceful outcome in accordance with this paradigm is unlikely to emerge in the near future: the two national movements, the Palestinian and the Zionist, are not close to a historic compromise, and the Palestinians are not able to build a state. Finally, the article analyzes the policy options available to policymakers. State-building is unlikely to succeed. Similarly, a binational state, where Arabs and Jews live peacefully together is not within reach. A regional approach that advocates a greater role for Arab states in Palestinian affairs has better chances of stabilizing the situation than the previous options. Finally, in the absence of a solution, the most realistic policy appears to be conflict management.
ACCESSION #
36942983

 

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