The Future of Israel/Palestine: Embracing the Broken Middle

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VOL. 26

1996/97

No. 3
P. 56
Articles
The Future of Israel/Palestine: Embracing the Broken Middle
ABSTRACT

This essay argues that the limitations and injustices of the Oslo agreement force a rethinking of the future of Israel/Palestine. The "separation" embodied in Oslo allows Jews to see the Israeli state as innocent and Palestinians to yearn for empowerment, but over the past hundred years a common history has been forged. The author argues that the disappointments on both sides constitute a "broken middle" that could serve as a common ground on which to build a shared future. The article ends with a plea for binationalism as the way to justice and reconciliation, arguing on historical, practical and especially ethical grounds.