From Sinai to the two-state solution: the long reach of Jewish trauma

People forget that the two-state solution was a Jewish idea. Precisely for that reason it has never worked and never will work. If the Palestinians had come up with it they would have seen to it that they were already living in peace with the Israelis, side by side, in the new Middle East Shimon Peres used to wax rhapsodically about when selling the idea to whoever would listen. Unfortunately, the people who were doing the listening were people who already lived in states at peace with their neighbors, like Europe and America, and Israelis who thought they could enjoy that too. Themselves exiles and refugees from the Enlightenment, the Israelis who had built up the Yishuv under the British M

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