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Vendor: Crown Forum
Publication Date: 2014
The reigning consensus in elite and academic circles is that the United States must seek to resolve the Palestinians' conflict with Israel by implementing the so-called two-state solution. Establishing a Palestinian state, so the thinking goes, would be a panacea for all the regions ills. It would end the Arab worlds conflict with Israel, because the reason the Arab world is anti-Israel is that there is no Palestinian state. It would also nearly erase the principal cause of the violent extremism in the rest of the Middle East.
In a time when American politics are marked by partisan gridlock, the two-state solution stands out for its ability to attract supporters from both sides of the ideological divide. But the great irony is that it is one of the most irrational and failed policies the United States has ever adopted.
Between 1970 and 2013, the United States presented nine different peace plans for Israel and the Palestinians, and for the past twenty years, the two state solution has been the centerpiece of U.S. Middle East policy. But despite this laser focus, American efforts to implement a two-state peace deal have failedand with each new attempt, the Middle East has become less stable, more violent, more radicalized, and more inimical to democratic values and interests.
In The Israeli Solution, Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post, examines the history and misconceptions behind the two-state policy, most notably:
- The huge errors made in counting the actual numbers of Jews and Arabs in the region. The 1997 Palestinian Census, upon which most two-state policy is based, wildly exaggerated the numbers of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Neglect of the long history of Palestinian anti-Semitism, refusal to negotiate in good faith, terrorism, and denial of Israels right to exist.
- Disregard for Israels stronger claims to territorial sovereignty under international law, as well as the long history of Jewish presence in the region.
- Indifference to polling data that shows the Palestinian people admire Israeli society and governance. Despite a half-century of domestic and international terrorism, anti-semitism, and military attacks from regional neighbors who reject its right to exist, Israel has thrived as the Middle Easts lone democracy.
After a century spent chasing a two-state policy that hasnt brought the Israelis and Palestinians any closer to peace, The Israeli Solution offers an alternative path to stability in the Middle East based on Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
"Even those who blanch at the thought of Israel annexing the West Bank can learn from the points Glick makes...Glick has brought out her book at an amazing moment, sketching what many will see as a better route toward peace and in the nick of time." -New York Post
"Devotees of the two-state solution will surely dismiss Caroline Glicks The Israeli Solution out of hand. They shouldnt. Whether or not one agrees with Glicks conclusions, its hard to dispute her premise: The two-state solution has failed repeatedly for more than 80 years, starting with serial British partition plans in the 1930s. Each time, it has foundered on the same obstacle: Arab rejection of the Jewish states right to exist within any borders. And theres no reason to think this will change anytime soon. So anyone who truly considers the status quo unsustainable needs to explore alternative solutions." -Commentary
"If you read only one book about the Middle East this year, it should be Caroline Glick's. Whether or not you agree with her conclusions, she illuminates the contorted landscape by pointing to an audacious solution. It is only by considering alternative actions that we understand our present circumstances, and Ms Glick concentrates the mind wonderfully." -Asia Times
"A radical proposal advanced in times nick for those who doubt the framework Secretary of State Kerry is seeking for talks about a two-state solution. [Glick] lays the arguments out beautifully, and her plan deserves attention on Capitol Hill." -New York Sun
"The most comprehensive and articulate defense of what the Israeli position is that I have ever seen." -Pat Robertson, The 700 Club
"A radical break with current thinking that has a chance to completely change the conversation for the betterment of Israel and America…Glick proposes that given an enemy that has been dedicated to nothing less than the annihilation of Israel, in order to defend its borders and continue to flourish, Israel must claim its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and grant all Palestinians, subject to Israeli law, with permanent residency and the ability to apply for full citizenship…Every person who cares about the fate of the West, regardless of political orientation, will gain something from reading Glicks lucid, thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book." -The Blaze
"The Israeli Solution will bring the one-state alternative out of the margins and into the mainstream policy debate." -Breitbart
"A bold, dramatic proposal, cleanly crafted and effectively argued...Given Caroline Glick's background, she is expertly placed to provide insight into why the two-state concept may have been flawed from its birth." -The Jerusalem Post
"Cuts through all the relativistic baloney regarding the Palestinian controversy and provides a comprehensive explanation for why it is vital for supporters of Israel not go wobbly now. If there is a single new book that can help the public make sense of the Mideast crisis, this is it...Caroline Glick makes a convincing case that the only way to move toward peace in the Middle East is through the one-state plan" -The American Spectator
"The Israeli Solution is a realistic solution because it does not promise to create a new Middle East, assure us that terrorists will become statesmen or breezily offer an end to a hatred that has existed for over a thousand years...Instead she offers the real solution of managing the conflict by taking responsibility for the territory and people instead of abandoning it and them to Arafat or Abbas and hoping that the magic doves of peace will do the rest...Advocates something that has never been tried before throughout this conflict; integration instead of segregation and unity instead of partition." -Frontpage
"If you want to understand the Middle East, read this book. If you want to know how our corrupt elites in Washington bungled American policy in the most incendiary region in the world, read this book. The Israeli Solution exposes all the lies weve been spoon fed for a generation and presents an alternative policy for the United States to follow in the Middle East that is clear headed, rational, legal, and moral. The Israeli Solution is simple and just. This is a must read." -Mark Levin, bestselling author of Liberty and Tyranny and The Liberty Amendments
"With skill and boldness, Caroline Glick cuts through the fog of diplomacy surrounding what Israel should do with the West Bank. Her analysis and strategy will cause headaches and palpitations in foreign ministries around the world wedded to the failed two-state solution. It will be a character-building experience for them." John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
"A must-read for anyone interested in understanding the century-old violent conflict between the Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. Filled with facts, many of them little known and less remembered, it rejects the standard "two-state" paradigm; instead, it proposes a radically new idea based on Jewish rights to the land, combined with full citizenship for the Arab minority. Whether or not one agrees with her conclusions, one can only admire the carefully crafted and compelling logic, based on a thorough knowledge of the facts and a deep understanding of history." Professor Robert Aumann, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, 2005
"Before committing the United States and Israel to yet another generation of futile Middle East peacemaking, everyone interested in bringing genuine and lasting peace to that troubled region owes it to themselves to read and consider Caroline Glicks passionate, well written and well researched case for The Israeli Solution." -Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana
"Written by one of the premier thought leaders and policy visionaries on the Middle East , The Israeli Solution is a timely, pragmatic and forthright analysis of the failures of the two-state strategy since World War I. But Glick doesn't stop with analyzing the problem. She provides a solution that is bold, just, and strategically sound, and she says what needs to be said: Israel is the solution, not the problem. Essential reading for us all." Allen B. West, former U.S. Representative, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret)
"The two-state solution, one which American foreign and counterterrorism policy has been based for over two decades, is a tragic farce. As the intrepid Caroline Glick powerfully shows, it has weakened the United States while rendering Israel ever more vulnerable. In place of its continuing and inevitable failure, Glick offers real democracy promotion: a one-state solution that empowers Palestinians with what their corrupt leadership will forever deny: true civil rights." -Andrew C. McCarthy, bestselling author of Spring Fever, The Grand Jihad, and Willful Blindness
"Glick undercuts deeply flawed demographics and easy clichés with facts, reason, and a vision for the future of Arab-Israeli relations. With this provocative and necessary book, Glick has put the foreign policy consensus on alert, for the writing is on the wallthe answer is The Israeli Solution." Lee Smith, senior editor, The Weekly Standard
"The Israeli Solution is all about facing reality squarely. It is written seriously and deserves to be taken seriously." Angelo Codevilla, professor of international relations, Boston University
From the Hardcover edition.
Hannah JOhioAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very well sourcedApril 17, 2014Hannah JOhioAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Recently, I read The Israeli Solution by Caroline Glick. If you are looking for a comprehensive look at the Israeli-Arab conflict, look no further.
In this book, she goes over the modern political history of Israel, as well as the modern political history of the Palestinian Authority. She offers an alternative way toward peace in the Middle East by calling for a "one-state solution," including Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.
"The end of Israel is the goal of our struggle, and it allows for neither compromise not mediation...We don't want peace. We want war, victory." This quote was made by Yasser Arafat in 1972. He was the president of the Palestinian Authority from 1994-2004(when he died). Glick goes over the antisemitism of Palestine, as well as other Arab nations, in her book.
Caroline Glick is the senior contributing editor to the Jerusalem Post. She also has been published in National Review, the Journal of International Security Affairs, and the Wall Street Journal.
In my opinion, I think that this is a must read for anyone with confusion about the conflict in the Middle East, or anyone wanting to learn more. I'd give it a 4 out of 5. It is heavily sourced, and very well presented.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
pastor2519West Point, UTAge: 55-65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Biased to the extremeMarch 15, 2014pastor2519West Point, UTAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land, and after seeing first-hand the tensions that are so evident between Israel and Palestine, and the various ethnic and religious groups found in the region, I was excited to be able to get an Advance Review Copy of The Israel Solution: a One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East by Caroline Glick (Crown Forum, 2014).
As I started the book, it quickly became apparent that this was not the book that I had expected. The author has certainly done her research, but it seems that she was very selective in which parts of the material she used. I found the book to be extremely biased and one-sided. Everything she presents that Israel is doing, has done, or is trying to do is viewed in a positive light. Israel is presented almost as a loving God (whatever happened to â€˜Thou shalt have no other gods before me'?). As Glick presents Israel's side of the story, everything they do creates jobs, raises the living standard, provides better health care and promotes peace. Everything anyone else proposes is misguided and foolish, filled with promises that the proposers have no intention of keeping, or outright terroristic in nature.
She lambastes 3 American Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama) for the way they have hampered and impeded peace efforts.The United Nations is a pawn, Europe is no better, and as for the Arab nations in the region, well let's just say that she isn't impressed.
There is no doubt in my mind that the situation in the Middle East is tense, and that both sides need to be willing to give a little. But my personal experience , as brief as it was, is certainly different than what it put forth in this diatribe. I'm sure it will appeal to extremists on one side of the argument, and the extremists on the other side will see it as inflammatory. Both sides will take things out of context and use those out-of-context arguments to justify their behaviors.
I hate to say this but it seems to me that rational people would be better off avoiding this book altogether.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for the review. Obviously I was not required to write a positive review.
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