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“While unilateralism and impunity are destroying the two-state solution, and racism and power politics are precluding the one-state solution, the Parallel States Project provides precisely that type of creativity and daring capable of generating a refreshing alternative vision that might actually rescue the chances of peace.”

—Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee and the Palestinian Legislative Council

“Two assumptions: 1) time ran out for the two-state solution and 2) Israelis and Palestinians can and have to live together, in equality and justice. For anyone who believes in these two assumptions, One Land, Two States is more than an option. It is a need—the need to look for the unthinkable in this endless conflict.”

—Gideon Levy, columnist for Haaretz

“There is always merit in challenging conventional thinking, and this volume by two seasoned and out-of-the-box thinkers does it.”

—Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“The Parallel States concept to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the most daring and intriguing new idea for a permanent peace that has come along in two generations of failed negotiations. It deserves very serious consideration by all interested parties, because in its entirety or in some of its component elements it could spark a more productive new path to peace, justice, and coexistence.”

—Rami G. Khouri, Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, and syndicated columnist for Agence Global and the Daily Star

“You may call it fantasy, daydreaming, or utopia. But isnt this what Herzl faced too? When those who are preoccupied with the conventional two-state solution are being called obsessive, this book offers a new, fascinating, innovative approach with different tools to solve the same old problem for the same people. Wanted! Two brave leaders to take up the challenge.”

—Arad Nir, Foreign Affairs Editor, Channel 2 News, Israel

“The Parallel States Project is a vision aimed at shattering the accepted conventions regarding the political solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What it is in fact is an attempt to square the circle. It will take the political world, which has come up against one failure after another in its efforts to advance peace among the peoples living in the Holy Land, some time to digest the concept. Ultimately, there is quite a good chance that the idea of a functional partition will trickle down to the peoples and their leaders and offer the formula that will finally lead to conciliation and peace.”

—Israel Harel, chairman and founder of Yesha Council, head of the Institute for Zionist Strategies, columnist for Haaretz, and participant in the Parallel States Project

Review:

"UC-Irvine historian LeVine (Heavy Metal Islam) and Mossberg (Sweden's embassador to Morocco, 1994 — 1996) assemble distinguished scholars, diplomats, senior government officials, and international lawyers to lend support to a creative solution to the Israel-Palestine peace process: 'establishing one Palestinian state on all of historic Palestine, which would exist simultaneously and on the same land with an Israeli state on all of Eretz Yisrael.' Not least because nothing else has worked, 'the idea of resolving the... conflict through a Parallel States structure is new, logically attractive, and without an exact precedent.' In brief chapters, mostly academic in tone, the contributors discuss the potential modes of operation of a dual-sovereignty country, including the implications of a shared economy, establishing a judicial system, and the types of security guarantees that could induce the Israelis to accept such an arrangement. Lund University political scientist Jens Bartelson notes that the idea of national sovereignty has not kept pace with the changing nature of global conflict, and that wars increasingly concern 'whether the conflict in question is international or domestic in nature.' Meanwhile, LeVine and UC-Irvine doctoral candidate Liam O'Mara IV argue that religion in the parallel states could go from being a driver of conflict to a unifying force. The essays are necessarily short on specifics, but the idea merits further exploration. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

One Land, Two States imagines a new vision for Israel and Palestine in a situation where the peace process has failed to deliver an end of conflict. “If the land cannot be shared by geographical division, and if a one-state solution remains unacceptable,” the book asks, “can the land be shared in some other way?”

Leading Palestinian and Israeli experts along with international diplomats and scholars answer this timely question by examining a scenario with two parallel state structures, both covering the whole territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, allowing for shared rather than competing claims of sovereignty. Such a political architecture would radically transform the nature and stakes of the Israel-Palestine conflict, open up for Israelis to remain in the West Bank and maintain their security position, enable Palestinians to settle in all of historic Palestine, and transform Jerusalem into a capital for both of full equality and independence—all without disturbing the demographic balance of each state. Exploring themes of security, resistance, diaspora, globalism, and religion, as well as forms of political and economic power that are not dependent on claims of exclusive territorial sovereignty, this pioneering book offers new ideas for the resolution of conflicts worldwide.

Synopsis:

One Land, Two States is a bold restructuring of an idea that remains at the heart of international diplomacy after generations of conflict. A pioneering effort to preserve the two-state solution in Israel and Palestine, the book imagines new paradigms in policy designed to disrupt the turmoil and disharmony that have gripped the region.

This groundbreaking book is authored by a group of leading Palestinian and Israeli scholars and officials who deliver an innovative framework for viewing and providing solutions to the regions conflict. “If the land cannot be shared by geographical division, and if a one-state solution remains unacceptable,” they ask, “can the land be shared in some other way?”

The contributors seek to unravel these questions by examining a utopian world where seemingly irreconcilable constructs allow Israel to remain in the West Bank and maintain its military dominance and security position while Palestinians are given a right of return.

By radically transforming the nature and stakes of the Israel-Palestine conflict and envisioning a Jerusalem that is transformed into a capital of full equality and independence, this book explores themes related to security, resistance, sovereignty, diaspora, globalism, religion, and new forms of political and economic power that are not dependent on land ownership.

Written to inform policy makers, scholars, and researchers interested in the Middle East and related areas, this book and its solutions and presentation could be used as a practical model for resolution of conflicts worldwide.

About the Author

Mathias Mossberg is a retired ambassador and Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Mark LeVine is professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, a contributing editor for Tikkun and senior columnist for Al-Jazeera, and author of Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword: Two States on One Land—Parallel States as an Option for Israel and Palestine

Álvaro de Soto

Preface

Mathias Mossberg and Mark LeVine

1. One Land—Two States? An Introduction to the Parallel States Concept

Mathias Mossberg

2. Can Sovereignty Be Divided?

Jens Bartelson

3. Parallel Sovereignty: Dividing and Sharing Core State Functions

Peter Wallensteen

4. Security Strategy for the Parallel States Project: An Israeli Perspective

Nimrod Hurvitz and Dror Zeevi

5. Palestinian National Security

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi

6. An Israel-Palestine Parallel States Economy by 235

Raja Khalidi

7. Economic Considerations in Implementing a Parallel States Structure

Raphael Bar-El

8. Parallel Sovereignty in Practice: Judicial Dimensions of a Parallel States Structure

Various authors, compiled by Mathias Mossberg

9. Religion in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: From Obstacle to Peace to Force for Reconciliation?

Mark LeVine and Liam OMara IV

10. The Necessity for Thinking outside the Box

Hiba Husseini

11. Parallel Lives, Parallel States: Imagining a Different Future

Eyal Megged

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520279131
Subtitle:
Israel and Palestine as Parallel States
Author:
Levine, Mark (edt)
Author:
Mossberg, Mathias
Author:
Agha, Hussein
Author:
Khalidi, Ahmad
Author:
Hurvitz, Nimrod
Author:
Bar-El, Raphael
Author:
Ze'evi, Dror
Author:
Wallensteen, Peter
Author:
Khalidi, Raja
Author:
O'Mara, Liam
Author:
Husseini, Hiba
Author:
Megged, Eyal
Author:
Bartelson, Jens
Author:
Levine, Mark
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140620
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "UC-Irvine historian LeVine (Heavy Metal Islam) and Mossberg (Sweden's embassador to Morocco, 1994 — 1996) assemble distinguished scholars, diplomats, senior government officials, and international lawyers to lend support to a creative solution to the Israel-Palestine peace process: 'establishing one Palestinian state on all of historic Palestine, which would exist simultaneously and on the same land with an Israeli state on all of Eretz Yisrael.' Not least because nothing else has worked, 'the idea of resolving the... conflict through a Parallel States structure is new, logically attractive, and without an exact precedent.' In brief chapters, mostly academic in tone, the contributors discuss the potential modes of operation of a dual-sovereignty country, including the implications of a shared economy, establishing a judicial system, and the types of security guarantees that could induce the Israelis to accept such an arrangement. Lund University political scientist Jens Bartelson notes that the idea of national sovereignty has not kept pace with the changing nature of global conflict, and that wars increasingly concern 'whether the conflict in question is international or domestic in nature.' Meanwhile, LeVine and UC-Irvine doctoral candidate Liam O'Mara IV argue that religion in the parallel states could go from being a driver of conflict to a unifying force. The essays are necessarily short on specifics, but the idea merits further exploration. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
One Land, Two States imagines a new vision for Israel and Palestine in a situation where the peace process has failed to deliver an end of conflict. “If the land cannot be shared by geographical division, and if a one-state solution remains unacceptable,” the book asks, “can the land be shared in some other way?”

Leading Palestinian and Israeli experts along with international diplomats and scholars answer this timely question by examining a scenario with two parallel state structures, both covering the whole territory between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, allowing for shared rather than competing claims of sovereignty. Such a political architecture would radically transform the nature and stakes of the Israel-Palestine conflict, open up for Israelis to remain in the West Bank and maintain their security position, enable Palestinians to settle in all of historic Palestine, and transform Jerusalem into a capital for both of full equality and independence—all without disturbing the demographic balance of each state. Exploring themes of security, resistance, diaspora, globalism, and religion, as well as forms of political and economic power that are not dependent on claims of exclusive territorial sovereignty, this pioneering book offers new ideas for the resolution of conflicts worldwide.

"Synopsis" by ,
One Land, Two States is a bold restructuring of an idea that remains at the heart of international diplomacy after generations of conflict. A pioneering effort to preserve the two-state solution in Israel and Palestine, the book imagines new paradigms in policy designed to disrupt the turmoil and disharmony that have gripped the region.

This groundbreaking book is authored by a group of leading Palestinian and Israeli scholars and officials who deliver an innovative framework for viewing and providing solutions to the regions conflict. “If the land cannot be shared by geographical division, and if a one-state solution remains unacceptable,” they ask, “can the land be shared in some other way?”

The contributors seek to unravel these questions by examining a utopian world where seemingly irreconcilable constructs allow Israel to remain in the West Bank and maintain its military dominance and security position while Palestinians are given a right of return.

By radically transforming the nature and stakes of the Israel-Palestine conflict and envisioning a Jerusalem that is transformed into a capital of full equality and independence, this book explores themes related to security, resistance, sovereignty, diaspora, globalism, religion, and new forms of political and economic power that are not dependent on land ownership.

Written to inform policy makers, scholars, and researchers interested in the Middle East and related areas, this book and its solutions and presentation could be used as a practical model for resolution of conflicts worldwide.

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