The One State Reality: What Is Israel/Palestine?

Nathan Brown

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The One State Reality argues that a one-state reality already predominates in the territories controlled by the state of Israel. The editors show that starting with the one-state reality rather than hoping for a two-state solution reshapes how we regard the conflict, what we consider acceptable and unacceptable solutions, and how we discuss difficult normative questions. The One State Reality forces a reconsideration of foundational concepts such as state, sovereignty, and nation; encourages different readings of history; shifts the conversation about solutions from two states to alternatives that borrow from other political contexts; and provides context for confronting uncomfortable questions such as whether Israel/Palestine is an "apartheid state."



This outstanding book will transform political science conversations about the relationship between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Bringing together top-notch scholars to explore essential questions, The One State Reality is a catalyst for new thinking that is as urgent as it is long overdue. Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University, author of Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement and Triadic Coercion

The One State Reality explains not only what the Israeli-Palestinian situation is on the ground but also why it is that way and with what implications. This thoughtful and important book is a must-read for all who wish to understand the current impasse in the conflict and the likelihood of progress toward peace in the future.  Mark Tessler, University of Michigan, author of A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Required reading by leading experts on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The One State Reality provides a profound analysis of the trajectory the conflict is taking, which has shifted from a focus on a two-state solution to an emerging one-state reality. Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A remarkable achievement of honest scholarship on a deeply divisive issue: how the two-state solution has become a religion of rote that no longer corresponds to the one-state reality in Israel / Palestine. A timely call to the parties and the international community to revise their attitude to the conflict accordingly.  Shlomo Ben-Ami, author of Prophets Without Honor



Michael Barnett is a University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Nathan Brown is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.

Marc Lynch is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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