Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative

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Israel, Jordan, and Palestine: The Two-State Imperative. By Asher Süsser. Brandeis University Press, 20 1 1 . $85 ($22.50, paper).

Susser, former director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, offers a well-organized book surveying various one- and two-state proposals to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unfortunately, the solution he offers to this intractable problem disregards the realities animating both the Israeli and the Palestinian publics.

To begin, Susser faults "the occupation" and "settlements," rather than Palestinian rejectionism, for the demise of the "two-state solution," i.e., the emergence of a coherent Palestinian state, basically on the 1949 armistice lines. Accusing successive Israeli governments of "illegalities and misconduct" with regard to the establishment of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, he never explains what laws were broken. At the same time, he ignores the impact of the Peres government's prisoner release agreement with Ahmed Jibril in 1 985, which helped pave the way for the first intifada; Ehud Barak's unilateral withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000, which contributed to the second intifada; the rise of Hezbollah and the second Lebanon war; or Sharon's disengagement policy, which led to Hamas 's takeover of Gaza. …

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