All three panelists at the first-ever Bronfman Debate on the Future of Israel, held Jan. 28 at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, agreed that it’s not too late for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but leaders have shown little willingness to bring it about.
Entitled “Beyond the Two State Solution,” the event was the first of four debates in a series on Israel’s future hosted by U of T’s Andrew and Charles Bronfman Chair in Israeli Studies.
It featured Yossi Beilin, a former Israeli justice minister and initiator of the Oslo peace process and the 2001 Geneva Initiative; Ha’aretz columnist Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York; and Mira Sucharov, associate professor of political science at Carleton University and a columnist at Ha’aretz and The CJN.
The focus was the speakers’ responses to the question – posed by moderator Emanuel Adler, the Andrew and Charles Bronfman Chair in Israeli Studies – about whether they agree with the oft-stated assertion on the Zionist left that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached such a dire point that it’s now, or will soon be, “too late” for a two-state solution.
Each stressed that two states remains achievable and is preferable to a one-state solution, and that the status quo of occupying the West Bank continues to threaten Israel’s democratic character.
Silly lefties. The "two state solution" is kaput, defunct, a non-starter that ran out of gas a long time ago.Beilin diverged somewhat, however, in that he said his ideal scenario for the region is a variation on – though not, he stressed, “mutually exclusive to” – a two-state solution: an Israeli-Palestinian confederation...
It is deader than Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which is a perfect metaphor when you consider that he too once mooted an Israeli-Palestinian confederation--"Isratine."
How pathetic that Yossi Beilin now finds himself in the same headspace as the Tripoli tyrant.