The Impossibility of Palestine: History, Geography, and the Road Ahead

Mehran Kamrava

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The “two-state solution” is the official policy of Israel, the United States, the United Nations, and the Palestinian Authority alike. However, international relations scholar Mehran Kamrava argues that Israel’s “state-building” process has never risen above the level of municipal governance, and its goal has never been Palestinian independence. He explains that a coherent Palestinian state has already been rendered an impossibility, and to move forward, Palestine must redefine its present predicament and future aspirations. Based on detailed fieldwork, exhaustive scholarship, and an in-depth examination of historical sources, this controversial work will be widely read and debated by all sides.


“This book is a courageous undertaking whose subject and timing cannot be ignored, especially given Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rejection of the idea of a Palestinian state. Mehran Kamrava’s analysis and conclusions may arouse controversy, but the undermining of Palestinian statehood cannot be denied.”—Charles D. Smith, author of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  -- Charles D. Smith

"Anyone who still thinks the Palestinians are going to get their own state should read this superb book. Kamrava makes it clear that Israel, with abundant help from the United States, has done a truly impressive job of undermining any possibility of a two-state solution, while instead guaranteeing a Greater Israel with a large and angry nation of Palestinians inside its borders. Very importantly, he shows that the Oslo Peace Process, which was supposed to result in Palestinian and Israeli states living side by side, had exactly the opposite effect.
 The Impossibility of Palestine is a depressing book, but it is an essential read for those who want to understand the dynamics that fuel the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is not going away anytime soon."--John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago -- John J. Mearsheimer

"In this compelling and tightly argued book, Mehran Kamrava shows why the emergence of a Palestinian state is no longer possible, and why the historical window of opportunity to construct a sovereign Palestine has now closed.  Kamrava perceptively captures the logic of why so many scholars who have studied the issue for so long now share his pessimism, myself included."--Glenn E. Robinson, author of 
Building a Palestinian State: The Incomplete Revolution -- Glenn E. Robinson

“Extremely well written and to the point, this work stands as a very succinct and sobering analysis of the state of Palestinian politics.”—
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