Synopses & Reviews
A leading reconciliation expert argues that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to create lasting peace in Israel and Palestine
Disputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and other intractable issues have repeatedly derailed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.
Now, in a book that is sure to spark controversy, renowned peacemaker Padraig Oand#8217;Malley argues that the moment for a two-state solution has passed. After examining each issue and speaking with Palestinians and Israelis as well as negotiators directly involved in past summits, Oand#8217;Malley concludes that even if such an agreement could be reached, it would be nearly impossible to implement given the staggering costs, Palestineand#8217;s political disunity and the viability of its economy, rapidly changing demographics, Israeland#8217;s continuing political shift to the right, global warmingand#8217;s effect on the water supply, and more.
In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, Oand#8217;Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, to show that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.
"In this groundbreaking biography of a central figure in the fight to end South African apartheid, O'Malley draws on every aspect of Maharaj's life and the society in which he lived in order to understand South Africa's changing racial and political context over the past 100 years. Based on extensive interviews with Maharaj, this is an often harrowing read, recounting his torture as a political prisoner and the many difficulties and setbacks suffered by underground activists within and outside of South Africa. Maharaj a first-person narrator in most of the book comes across as an imperfect and deeply human hero, animated by his stubborn streak to devote his entire life to the cause. Few people have had a more eventful life, and the book has some of the flavor of spy vs. spy: 'My blazer was stolen from the bedroom of our hideout. In the blazer, which was part of my disguise, was three thousand dollars. The blazer had my pocket diary, in the inside cover of which I had written key contact numbers.' A lengthy foreword by Nelson Mandela touches on his relationship with Maharaj, his decision to make him minister of transport in the first free South African government, and the time they shared imprisoned on Robben Island." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The inside story of South Africas anti-apartheid movement, told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes, with an introduction by Nelson Mandela
A South African of Indian descent, Mac Maharaj was a potent force in the Communist Party and African National Congress for nearly four decades. Tortured by South African security forces, he served twelve years in prison with Nelson Mandela and was able to smuggle out a painstakingly miniaturized copy of Mandelas autobiography. He continued to play a key role in the movement and participated in the negotiations that ultimately led to a free South Africa in 1994. In Mandelas new government, he served as minister of transport. Drawing on extensive interviews with Maharaj over the last eleven years, Padraig OMalley vividly captures the experiences of this South African freedom fighter. By telling Maharajs story, OMalley sheds new light on the decades-long battle against apartheid as well as the more recent struggle to build a free South Africa.
The inside story of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement is told through the experiences of one of its unsung heroes: freedom fighter Mac Maharaj.
About the Author
PADRAIG Oand#8217;MALLEY is the Moakley Chair for Peace and Reconciliation at the McCormack Graduate School of Global and Policy Studies, University of Massachusetts. He has dedicated his career to studying and helping to resolve conflicts in Northern Ireland, South Africa, and beyond. He is the author of Shades of Difference and Biting at the Grave, one of The New York Timesand#8217;s ten best books of 1990. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.