Can Israel Survive Without a Palestinian State? — A New York Times Debate

As delegates gather in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week, the U.S. was seeking a last-minute compromise to delay a U.N. vote supporting Palestinian statehood. Turkey and Egypt have lent support to such a resolution, and American negotiators in the Middle East were in talks aimed at averting the U.N. vote. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seemed intent on blocking it, and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority appeared equally determined to see it proceed. Is there a case to be made that Israel’s very survival depends on the creation of a stable and viable Palestinian state?

A brief column with a few other “debaters” on the New York Times Opinion Page today.

About Daniel Gordis

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism.

2 Comments on "Can Israel Survive Without a Palestinian State? — A New York Times Debate"

  • First, gmar tov!! The 2 issues dominating the recent talk about Israel are 1. can Israel survive unless a P state is created? And 2. the increasing isolation of Israel from the global family of nations (some euphemism?!).Regarding the first matter, who knows what the future holds with or w/out a P state. We make the best decisions we can with the most information we have in the most sanguine way possible–then it’s up to G-d. Re #2, this is a false portent from p.r. firms and lobbyists. Jews have never had it better since the days of Solomon, and Israel is more respected and accepted today by more nation-states than we could ever have imagined. I don’t see any evidence that Israel is isolated–from what, international sports tournaments, Nobel Prize awards, internat’l political forums, trade and commerce, etc.? Nonsense. Our Arab neighbors treat Israel with more benign neglect now than ever before…what more can we ask.

  • Cees says

    I only say OFCOURSE.
    The Jews are the CHOSEN ones.
    They will survive.

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