The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan For Peace In The Middle East, by Caroline Glick
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.]
As a well-traveled American of partly Jewish ancestry, the subject of anti-Semitism and the legitimacy of Israel as a nation is a matter that sometimes is a subject of considerable interest and occasional writing and reflection . When I saw this book available for reading and review for one of the publishers whose books I read often, I chose it rapidly, with an eager desire to read it as quickly as possible. Strikingly, I received this book within a couple of days requesting it, getting an uncorrected proof that I had the chance to devour and reflect upon, and although there are a few minor errors that copyediting will fix before this book reaches the general public, this book is well worth the hurry I had in wanting to read it and that the book’s publishers had in wanting to send it. It will richly reward those who read it with an open-mind, and give encouragement as well as instruction to those who are friends of Israel.
This book is organized in a very straightforward way, and it is entirely clear about its goals and its aims and is largely successful in its ambitions at presenting a manifesto for a one-state solution in Israel (with an independent Gaza or one that is incorporated into Egypt). The first part of the book demonstrates that the two-state solution favored by many in the West and by the political leadership of Israel, is a failed idea because it does not take into account the reality of Arab intransigence when it comes to either seeking the best interests of the local population or of any kind of legitimate desire for peace. The second part of the book discusses the plan for a one-state Israel that incorporates Judea and Samaria under Israeli law with the option of citizenship for the residents there of whatever ethnicity and religion, contrasting life in Israel and those areas under the misrule of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas and also dealing with the fraudulent claims that Arabs will overtake Jews in terms of demography, defending the legitimacy of Israel’s rule over any land it would wish to claim as a result of historical claims as well as its legitimate right to rule by right of conquest in wars of self-defense. The third section of the book then discusses the likely repercussions of such an act from the point of view of Palestinians, other nations in the region, Europe, and the United States, and points out that although there will be some consequences in terms of increasing the population of Muslims to about a quarter to a third of Israel’s population and in terms of welfare, that for the most part Israel’s position will not be worse than it already is in the medium to long-term. The book is meticulously researched and written with a high degree of reason and passion.
This book is a work that excels in several ways, some of them quite simple and some quite profound. For example, this book is very proficient at adding nomenclature that helps to combat anti-Israeli propaganda, by calling the disputed territories Judea and Samaria (their historical names) as opposed from the West Bank, which implies the legitimacy of Jordanian rule over those territories and a denial of their Israelite identity, and by calling the shrunken borders of Israel the 1949 Armistice line as opposed to the 1967 borders. Also, the book manages to do great work in providing a coherent and compelling case for Israel’s security and well-being being served by its incorporation of Samaria and Judea under Israelite civil law as a way of ensuring legitimacy (since it would be doing what every other nation does without controversy) as well as its security needs. The book does this by transcending the popular political false dilemmas by adding options on the table that are commonly ignored, a necessary task when one is dealing with a lose-lose situation where everything one does is interpreted in a negative light because of envy and fear and prejudice. This author provides encouragement and instruction to those who support Israel and shows that Israel itself deserves support and encouragement for its efforts to be open and honorable in its conduct despite a ceaseless and pervasive effort on the part of its enemies to slander and libel its behavior and deny its right to exist.
This is a book that is mainly designed to appeal to pro-Israel Americans as a way of encouraging and providing a compelling alternative to the dominant two-state narrative in terms of the peace process. That said, it offers considerable lessons beyond mere geopolitics, including a regard for the law of God as the source of freedom and rule of law. Likewise, the book points out clearly that the best interests of Israel coincide with the best interests of the United States in terms of the spread of the example of the rule of law and hope for the betterment of others, if they will only be committed to their ultimate best interests. People, and nations, must take responsibility for their own actions, and as isolated as Israel is, it too must look for its best interests in the understanding that whatever it does it will attract criticism and hatred from its enemies. It’s not fair, but sometimes life isn’t fair and sometimes everything we do is “wrong” in the eyes of others. Let us do what is right anyway, and encourage those who are open and honest and honorable in the face of constant criticism and hatred. This brave author, and others like her, deserve all the encouragement and support from those who are willing to stand up in the face of those who are marginalized and bullied with seeming impunity but who succeed and thrive anyway. Hopefully that support is loud and open in support of this book’s effort to encourage both Israel and America to behave in their best interests, come what may, and in their making decisions based on reality rather than wishful and delusional thinking.
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