Editor’s Page

Does the two-state solution remain viable after the conflict in Gaza, and if so what
are the obstacles to its realisation? We posed these questions to a range of writers.
Michael Walzer argues that two states is in bad shape, but remains the only viable
solution and can be advanced by a combination of ‘internal unilateralism’ on both
sides, and greater support by the US and EU. John Strawson argues the time has
come for the international community to consider compelling the two parties to
reach a compromise. Ghada Karmi makes the case for the one-state solution as
realistic not utopian, while Donna Robinson Divine calls for both sides to go
beyond those constitutive narratives around which identities have hardened and
which have blocked progress. Martin Shaw calls for 1948 to be revisited as well as
1967 and for the idealism of the one-state solution to inform the two-state solution,
while Alex Stein argues none of the existing ‘solutions’ remain viable and what’s
really needed is imagination and radical new ideas. Menachem KellnerFred
Seigel and Sol Stern warn of the dangers of moving towards two states without a
radical change of attitude towards Israel by the Palestinian leaderships, while Eric
Lee surveys the trade unions reaction to the conflict in Gaza.

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