In Praise of the No-Solution Solution

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In order to enable systematic analyses of the numerous solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict this study presents
a model that maps them into a general typology along the continuum between the poles of Arab dominance over the
country and Israeli dominance. Six prototypes of solution are identified: (a) no Jews; (b) one bi-national state; (c) twostate partition; (d) partial annexation partition; (e) one Jewish state; (f) no Arabs (meaning their transfer elsewhere). The
groups of solutions form a model for mapping suggestions for conflict resolution. With this model any additional solution
not mentioned here is bound to fall within one of the groups of suggestions for conflict resolution. The next stage of
this study refers to the six prototypes and examines their ideological foundations and origins within Zionist thought and
action; and, finally, the suggested model constructs the framework for an assessment of which geopolitical arrangement
is most likely to form the most desirable form of settlement from an Israeli point of view. In its concluding stage, then, this
paper evaluates the practicability of each peace-solution prototype and, since none of the prototypes prove to have any
real probability, the idea of the non-solution solution is introduced and recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Political Sciences & Public Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


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