Contents 1. Introduction: Palestine as a colonial issue - Jamil Hilal 2. Israel between the "danger of demography" and the binational reality - As'ad Ghanem 3. Zionist and Israel perspectives on the two-state solution - Ilan Pappe' 4. The paradox of self-determination in Palestine - Nils ButenschOn 5. The Bush Administration's "vision" of the two-state solution - Husam A. Mohamed 6. The Economic viability of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip - Sufyan Alissa 7. The Transformation of Palestinian environment and the viability of the two-state solution - Jad Isaac and Owen Powell 8. Hamas; from opposition to rule, precursors and possible outcome - Ziad Abu-Amr 9. Hamas and the quest for Palestinian statehood - Are Knudsen and Basem Ezbidi 10. Alternative Approaches for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Sharif S. Elmusa 11. Voices of al shatat and the way forward - Karma Nabulsi
Since 2000, the attacks of 9/11, the death of Arafat and the elections of Hamas and Kadima make the Israel/Palestine 'two-state solution' seem illusory. This work maps the effects of local and global political changes on both Palestinian people and politics. It is for those who want to understand a conflict entrenched in global politics.
Jamil Hilal is an independent sociologist affliliated to Birzeit University and is an associate researcher at Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy.
'Whatever position one holds on the question of a two-state solution or of a bi-national state for Palestine/Israel, it is important to understand the arguments put forward. This collection of essays engages the reader directly and honestly, bringing many new and important angles to the debate over bi-nationalism. The arguments and facts presented here succeed in bringing the bi-nationalist position from the margins of the debate to a more central position.' Mick Dumper, Reader in Middle East Politics and author of The Politics of Sacred Space: The Old City of Jerusalem in the Middle East Conflict (2004) and Editor, Palestinian Refugees: Global Perspectives (2006)