A pot shot this is not.
I greatly respect both writers. Martin Sherman offers up some solid counterpoints to his colleague’s (Caroline Glick) assertions in her new book, The Israeli Solution: A One- State Plan for Peace in the Middle East (2014)
This is how a disciplined, respectful, intellectually and reasoned based disagreement between colleagues is done. Where ever one falls on the issue, no one could blame the author (Martin) of being mean spirited. Holding a different view, and carefully explaining that reasoning behind that view is welcome and refreshing.
NOTE: This is in complete contrast to how certain types eviscerated Diana West.
Into the fray: To my colleague Caroline, a caveat
I strongly concur with Caroline B. Glick’s diagnosis of the fatal failings of the two-state formula, and disagree just as strongly with the prescription she offers to remedy them; any errors in judgment or flaws in assessments on her part should be addressed rapidly and resolutely.
Caroline Glick at Jpost Conference Photo: Screenshot
I strongly concur with Caroline B. Glick’s diagnosis of the fatal failings of the two-state formula, and disagree just as strongly with the prescription she offers to remedy them.
The mechanics of the policy are fairly straightforward. Israel will apply its laws to Judea and Samaria and govern the areas as normal parts of Israel… Contingent on security concerns… Palestinians will have the right to travel and live anywhere they wish within Israeli territory… … Palestinians will have the same legal and civil rights as the rest of the residents and citizens of Israel… Those that receive Israeli citizenship in accordance with Israel’s Citizenship Law will also be allowed to vote in national elections for the Knesset.
… suddenly reducing the Jewish majority from 75 percent to 66 percent will undoubtedly have unforeseeable consequences on Israeli politics.
– Caroline Glick, The Israeli Solution: A One- State Plan for Peace in the Middle East (2014)
Caroline Glick is a journalist of exceptional ability. As readers of The Jerusalem Post well know, she is an astute, articulate analyst of political realities in Israel, the wider Mideast and the US. She has penned countless columns, courageously – at times caustically – critiquing unfolding events and ongoing processes with incisive insight.
I have long been a dedicated follower and avid admirer of her writings, which have made her one of the most widely read Israeli columnists in the English language today.
But it is precisely because of her wide readership and her significant influence that any errors in judgment or flaws in assessments on her part should be addressed rapidly and resolutely.
Excellent analysis, erroneous conclusion
Regrettably, I feel this is the case with her new book, The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East, which has received a warm reception among leading rightwing and conservative circles.