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Caroline Glick wrote the book that challenges the Two State Solution Stranglehold

For three hours on Monday, March 3, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in the Oval Office with U.S. President Barack Obama. Obama has been carrying the torch for the so-called “Two State Solution,” which he inherited from his predecessors. He made it clear, as he has repeatedly in the past, that he wants Netanyahu to get with the program.

If Netanyahu “does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach,” Obama said. “It’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.”

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Not really.

Caroline Glick, the journalist and deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post has articulated precisely that. And right on cue, too.

Glick’s book, “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East”  (Crown Forum 2014) was released on Tuesday, March 4, and this Jewish Press reporter sat down with her that afternoon in a mid-town delicatessen in New York City, to talk about the book.

Glick wrote the book, she said, because she realized that the vast majority of pro-Israel Americans think the only way to support Israel is to support the option of the so-called “Two State Solution.”  They believe that because it is the only thing they hear from their leadership.

“But after twenty years of abject failure, of nothing but death and destruction in the wake of the Two State effort, surely it is time to begin a discussion about alternatives. My book is meant to be the starting point for that discussion,” Glick said. “And I can’t thank President Obama enough for providing me with the perfect invitation!”

Glick’s credentials for writing such a book are comprehensive. From 1994 – 1996, at the height of the “peace negotiations,” she was a core member of Israel’s negotiating team, and she was personally involved in the negotiation of a half-dozen major agreements with the PLO.

In 1996, when she completed her IDF service, Glick became Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assistant foreign policy adviser. By the time the Palestinian Arabs had officially stopped pretending to be a part of a peace process and instead were fully engaged in their bloody and extended terror campaign, Glick was a columnist and editor for major Israeli papers, including the Jerusalem Post.

Glick’s book is divided into three parts.

The first part deals with a detailed history of the failed attempts to create two states in the tiny area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.  Although most careful observers of the Middle East will flatter themselves that they know this history well, it is doubtful that anyone has had a more up-close and personal opportunity to observe, analyze and record this history than Glick.

The second part of the book lays out what she believes is the best option for moving forward for all citizens living in the area currently known as Israel and the disputed territories (also known as Judea and Samaria or the West Bank).

Glick’s plan is liberal, democratic, and it provides the best chance of a good life for the greatest number of people who live in the area, whether Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

The third part of the book addresses the likely responses to the One State of Israel plan. She articulates and addresses the anticipated responses by Palestinian Arabs (both terrorism and diplomatic threats), by others in the region (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan), by the European community, and by the United States.

The harshest response, Glick anticipates, will come not from the Palestinian Arabs, but from the European community. The answers she offers are not sugar-coated. They are realistic and well worth the consideration.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Demography is a massive issue. Like most forecasts, these ones are nearly always wrong over a period of decades, regardless of what her book might say.

    In concept, one state has merits, but will raise demographic (that word again) black swans.

  2. “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” by Caroline Glick is a risky proposition.

    In her “One-State Plan” solution, Caroline Glick, included, in her view point, the dissolution of the 1949 Armistice Line, allow Arabs to become permanent residents with the “Option of applying for Israeli citizenship” and also “have the right to elect their local governments.”
    She strongly believes that under one, state, “So long as Israel enforces the laws we have, without embarrassment, and without exceptions, we will be able to handle problems as they arise”, resolution and peace will be achieved. Moreover, Caroline Glick states “you are all wrong, and I’m prepared to bet my country, my safety and the safety of my children on One State Solution that I know will be the Jewish, democratic State of Israel.”
    Her argument is dangerous.
    Israel is falling apart because it is already divided.
    Israel is more and more finding it difficult to deal with so many religious beliefs. Among the many points of view there are the Torah, Talmud, Kabbalah, which are the Orthodox, Pharisees, Progressives, and Messianic (and others).
    Adding Arabs and their own religious beliefs can only create more divisions to Israel – calling for the end of Israel as a state as a country. Religion is by far the most dangerous element to contain. For over two thousand years, the Pharisees, exclusively and without any opposition or challenge have led Israel and have imposed the Talmud as their way of life, which includes disobedience to God, and to enable anyone into Israel through and by religious means.
    Israel is gravely suffering from an identity crisis: Israel is married to several gentiles, so, who is Israel, now?
    Caroline Glick has excluded God, which is Israel’s only savior.
    Everyone seems to fit him/herself uniquely qualified to find the best solution for Israel, yet the only one who knows Israel’s future is exclusively being ignored; God.
    Is anyone consulting God?

  3. life is more valuable than the Temple – we cannot violate pikuach nefesh for a Temple – we have to wait for the promised era of peace – not wage wars – it isn't Biblically sound to just willy nilly build a Temple without the restoration of prophecy first with Eliyahu HaNavi

  4. NO, you are mistaken no matter what 'chance' you are ready to take; "They Must Go!" It really is just that simple…we've always had war and rumors of wars…no reason to cave in now. Ignore the POTUS Obama and his cowardly Kerry, choose a path of strength as supported by Torah…and throw the bums out because all they live and dream for is to murder all of us and any who will not stand with them in submission to idolatry.

  5. Glick has expounded this formula for some time and it makes complete sense.If we adopt her program as it is set out in her book, our problems will be a lot easier to handle.
    Come on Glicky, it's time to stand as a candidate for your election to the `Knesset. I remember asking you to do this about three years ago!!

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  7. G.D will punish Jews through those hands of extreme arab, for giving the land of the G.D of Israel away. Haven't any one see this consequences. History dose not necessarily repeat it self, no more giving away lands.

  8. I think Glick is right on. I'm certainly willing to find a different and better solution than the two-state solution. Problem is, The Arabs would never follow a Jewish suggestion, no matter how much sense it makes. Better to let their people rot in Hell than give an Israeli credit for something good.

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