For about a century now, the Zionist movement and the Palestinian nationalist movement have been locked in furious struggle, where each side felt its very existence threatened by the other. Each laid exclusive claims to the same piece of real estate, and made little effort to understand or appreciate the other. To the contrary, the struggle was waged on the basis of mutual exclusion, and a zero-sum approach. After the stunning victory of Israel in 1967, a historic opportunity appeared to break this logjam: The formula (land for peace) would require Israel to withdraw back to the pre-1967 border, and establish a Palestinian Arab state in the area of the West Bank and Gaza that would be returned to Arab sovereignty. Some form of joint sovereignty over Jerusalem, demilitarization of the new state, and other minor changes would round up the picture, and the conflict would be resolved....
What the Collapse of the Two-State Solution Means for Palestinian and Israeli Nationalism
jonathan kuttab is a Palestinian attorney, and human rights activist. He grew up in Jerusalem, studied in the U.S., graduated from University of Virginia School of Law, and worked a couple of years at the Wall Street law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon. He is a member of the Bar Association in New York, Israel, and Palestine. Kuttab founded a number of human rights organizations including Al Haq and the Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners, and he is the Chairman of the Board of Bethlehem Bible College and of Holy Land Trust. Kuttab is active in many other civil society organizations in Palestine and internationally. He was the head of the Legal Committee negotiating the Cairo Agreement of 1994 between Israel and the PLO and has been active in peace and justice issues for many years.
Jonathan Kuttab; What the Collapse of the Two-State Solution Means for Palestinian and Israeli Nationalism. Tikkun 1 April 2017; 32 (2): 12–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-3858163
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