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When I started getting serious about action on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the associated US foreign policy, I found it imperative to Talbieh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Jordanconvince people that the Oslo Accords were doomed to fail. There were the obvious critiques of the accords: the lack of any sort of human rights framework, the absence of consequences for failing to abide by conditions or fulfill agreed upon commitments, and the formal recognition of Israel without any mention whatsoever of a potential Palestinian state. But I saw an even bigger obstacle.

Conventional wisdom has it that Jerusalem is the most difficult stumbling block. But I have always maintained that it is the Palestinian refugees that were the most serious obstacle to a negotiated solution. Read more at LobeLog

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My latest piece is up at Souciant. I’ve been spending a good deal of space in the past year on the idea that the two-state solution as previously conceived is dead. Today, I try to start a conversation about where we go from here, for those of us who believe, as I do, that the single state will mean either greatly escalated violence or the spreading and entrenchment of apartheid, as it exists in the West Bank.

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