"The Marriage of a One State and a Two State Solution" by Russell Nieli
- A long but very interesting article in the new edition of Tikkun, by an Italian American called Russell Nieli.
Though Nieli is not Jewish, he grew up with strong sympathies for Zionism, as he describes, following his reading of "Exodus" etc, and this is still apparent even now. There are many passages in this piece that many people on this list will object to. In particular, I think he gets it wrong about the refugees to Israel from Arab lands. Also he advocates restricting the size of the Palestinian army while saying nothing about restricting the size of the Israeli army.
Nonetheless Nieli puts forward a solution which transcends the increasingly entrenched and sterile one-state/two state debate, by incorporating elements of both. The main problem is that he envisages the two states within the "binational-condominial territory" as two ethnic nation-states - an ethnic Jewish state and an ethnic Palestinian-Arab state. However, he does envisage the dismantling of the discriminatory Zionist apparatus of the Jewish National Fund and the Israeli Lands Authority. And also - if you get to the end - he sees the two ethnic nation states as a first step towards a more integrated, more relaxed, less nationalistic arrangement. I do think he has a point that you can't persuade people to be less nationalistic by just telling them they shouldn't be, and national feeling does need to be addressed.
So, with all these caveats, I think this is a fascinating and thought-provoking article which people should read.
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