Paul Lachine

A Confederal Solution for Palestine

Official Western policy still backs a two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. But such a possibility was always an illusion; there is simply enough land to satisfy the passionate possessiveness of all those with claims to it.

LONDON – Last month, while in New York City, I happened to be staying in the same hotel as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. To accommodate his security needs, the hotel had been converted into a fortress, much like Israel itself.

Netanyahu was in the United States for yet another round of Middle East peace talks. The US offered various sweeteners to induce Israel to freeze its West Bank settlement construction for another 90 days. The Israelis refused; another impasse was reached.

What, then, might be the prospects of a negotiated peace between two peoples with claims to the same land?

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