A longtime opponent of Palestinian state changes his mind

Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (We...

Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), the Golan Heights, and portions of neighbouring countries. Also United Nations deployment areas in countries adjoining Israel or Israeli-held territory, as of January 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stephen Robert, formerly a principal owner of the investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. and chancellor of Brown University, has an interesting piece in the New York Times about a change of heart about a two-state solution in the Mideast:

“As an American Jew born in 1940, I’ve made or repeated many of the following arguments for over 60 years:  “Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” “Other Arab nations should absorb the Palestinians.” “Israel withdrew from Gaza and look what happened.” “The Palestinian people don’t exist.” “Israel needs the West Bank for security.”

More recently, however, I’ve become uncomfortable with our conventional wisdom. Making the same arguments for over 60 years, while the problem only gets worse, demands a reset in our thinking. That reset must acknowledge a transformational change in the facts since 1948, and especially since 1967.”

Read the full op-ed here.


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