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Author: Caroline Glick
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Blazing Fast Review: Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post and former Netanyahu foreign policy staffer Caroline Glick makes the case that the two-state plan for peace in the Middle East is unfeasible, legally, historically and morally unjustifiable, and based on a dangerous and discredited worldview. Filling this vacuum is Glick’s alternative — a radical break with current thinking that has a chance to completely change the conversation for the betterment of Israel and America — the one-state “Israeli solution.”
You will probably enjoy this book if…
– You are interested in subjects like HISTORY, POLITICS, or FAITH
– You liked the books Battleground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine by Shmuel Katz [Excerpt], The Israel Test: Why the World’s Most Besieged State is a Beacon of Freedom and Hope for the World Economy by George Gilder and The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz
The Hard Sell: If you want to gain an understanding of the history of Israel vis-à-vis the Middle East over the last century, the origins of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the current players and their motivations, and the consequences of continuing to pursue a two-state solution for America, Israel, the Middle East and the world, Caroline Glick provides all of the ammunition you need in part one of this book alone. But unlike most writers, Glick takes the next step and proposes a solution to a seemingly intractable problem, explains how it would be implemented, and predicts how all of the relevant actors would likely react and what the overall outcome would be. And she does so with the perspective of an American who is now an Israeli insider having served as a foreign policy advisor during Benjamin Netanyahu’s first tenure as Prime Minister.
“The Israeli Solution” covers both the theoretical and the practical, the historical and the future aspects of a conflict that many think is at the crux of all of the problems of the Middle East (though Glick thoroughly debunks this fantasy) and that continues to play a large role in determining the course of American foreign policy and the fate of the Western world. This one book equips the reader with the facts and insights necessary to counter the disinformation being spewed about fallacies like the impending demographic nightmare that if Israel does not make land concessions she will be outnumbered by her enemies, and completely discredit the two-state solution and the false and catastrophic premises on which it is based.
Then it opens up the dialogue for one radically different but logical and well-argued alternative, the likes of which has been sorely lacking as the Western world remains stuck in what Glick describes as the Soviet-Arab anti-Israel worldview propagated over the last five decades. Glick proposes that given an enemy that has been dedicated to nothing less than the annihilation of Israel, in order to defend its borders and continue to flourish, Israel must claim its sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and grant all Palestinians, subject to Israeli law, with permanent residency and the ability to apply for full citizenship. While one can debate the merits of such an argument, Glick presents a compelling case based on realpolitik that views Israel’s Arab foes based upon their interests and capabilities, not as a monolithic enemy, and uses empirical data to indicate that such a solution would be favored by all interested constituents, practical and practicable. This leads to a number of counterintuitive conclusions that fly in the face of American foreign policy assumptions and policies from Reagan and even Nixon through Obama. Glick calls for a sea change in policy that she convincingly argues will benefit Israel, America and the world. Every person who cares about the fate of the West, regardless of political orientation, will gain something from reading Glick’s lucid, thoroughly researched and thought-provoking book.