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The Impossibility of Palestine

History, Geography, and the Road Ahead

The “two-state solution” is the official policy of Israel, the United States, the United Nations, and the Palestinian Authority alike. However, international relations scholar Mehran Kamrava argues that Israel’s “state-building” process has never risen above the level of municipal governance, and its goal has never been Palestinian independence. He explains that a coherent Palestinian state has already been rendered an impossibility, and to move forward, Palestine must redefine its present predicament and future aspirations. Based on detailed fieldwork, exhaustive scholarship, and an in-depth examination of historical sources, this controversial work will be widely read and debated by all sides.

Author Information

Mehran Kamrava is professor at and director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He lives in Doha, Qatar.