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Norman Finkelstein on the viability of a 2 state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

February 16, 2012

Illegal Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian West Bank

The link here is to an interview that Norman Finkelstein gave in early February 2012 in Great Britain. It runs about a half hour. In it Finkelstein lays out, concretely and I believe as effectively as anyone, why a two state solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict remains not only viable, but quite frankly the only possible viable solution to ending the conflict.

Finkelstein – after being popular – almost an icon –  in left circles – is today shunned in many because of his clear cut position in support of a two state solution. I believe that the quality of his intellectual work will endure and regret that the movement for Middle East peace is so politically immature and factional that it would treat him so cavalierly (or worse).

I remain – after forty years of working on this issue – committed to that solution, and simply want to publicly reiterate that position. The main framework of such a solution includes:

a. a withdrawal of Israel from all the territories it occupied by force in the June 1967 war.

b. the creation of a viable, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, with its capitol in E. Jerusalem

c. a dismantling of all illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land and the rejection of the Jewish colonial project in the West Bank; an end to the seige of Gaza.

d. the right of Israel to live in peace as a nation within its pre-June 1967 borders.

My goal remains to work for such a solution, to work to get the U.S. government to be serious about such a solution and to work with others who support such a framework.

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