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understanding the plight of Palestinians, 22 Aug. 2010
Jonathan Cook's book is beautifully written and required reading for anyone wanting to understand the root causes of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. It is of course distressing to read that a lasting peace settlement
looks increasingly unlikely. Evidence suggests that Israel operates an apartheid system aimed at ensuring that an expansionist Israel will continue to guarantee the absolute rights of the Jewish minority. Cook argues that we need to look beyond the two state solution as the obvious panacea that has been pursued by world leaders for decades. Instead, he proposes a single state, protecting the rights of Palestinians so they may return to their homelands in Israel. Peace seems to be an ever distant prospect but radical rethinking of political solutions is required if peace and reconciliation are to be achieved. This book is an erudite study that begins that process.