Mark LeVine, Provocative UC Irvine Professor, Proposes "Parallel" Israeli-Palestinian States

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University of California Press

Longtime readers will remember Mark LeVine from stories he wrote and stories written about him in OC Weekly, on topics ranging from spring breaking in Falluja and tracking underground rock music in the Middle East to surviving The O-Reilly Factor and being named one of the 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

Now the UC Irvine history professor may have embarked on his most ambitious project yet: a solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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"Mark LeVine, professor of history at UC Irvine, has edited a book proposing an entirely new, out-of-the-box approach to resolving the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict," reads a campus announcement pigeoned over to us. "One Land, Two States: Israel & Palestine as Parallel States (University of California Press) features almost a dozen leading scholars, policymakers and activists from Israel, Palestine, Europe and the U.S. exploring the idea of 'parallel,' or shared, sovereignty."

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UCI
Mark LeVine, esteemed stirrer upper.
In other words, instead of two separate states constantly fighting over borders and territory, the two states of Israelis and Palestinians would overlap or parallel one another, covering the entirety of the territory of Mandatory Palestine/Eretz Yisrael.

"As the carnage in Gaza continues, perhaps the biggest casualty--after all the needless deaths and destruction--has been clear and original thinking about new ways to solve this seemingly intractable conflict," LeVine says in the UCI release. "Yet in the midst of interminable negotiations, violence and ongoing settlements over the last half-decade, a team of senior Israeli, Palestinian and international scholars has been working on an innovative approach to resolving the conflict."

LeVine, a senior columnist at Al-Jazeera English, co-edited the book with retired Swedish Ambassador Mathias Mossberg, one of the founding figures of the Oslo peace process.

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philweingart
philweingart

By my count, the two-state solution has been tried three, separate times in that part of the world. Jordan was created in the 1920s; then Israel in the 1940s; then the Oslo Accords created a Palestinian nation on the West Bank and Gaza.

What I can't grasp is two things:

(1) Why this yonkel thinks a two state solution is "clear and original thinking"; and

(2) Why something that has not solved the problem three other times will somehow solve the problem this time.

We all know the 12-steppers' definition of "insanity." This is insanity by that definition.

What is driving the Muslim assaults on Israel has nothing to do with the land rights, or lack thereof, of Palestinians. It has to do with a non-Muslim presence in a territory Muslims consider their home base, and it has to do with the mandate Muslims have to establish Sharia everywhere.

kbear09090
kbear09090

They already have a parallel Palestinian state. It's called Jordan.

js08560
js08560

Maybe if LeVine would cut his hair he could get some sense into his head.

bphood
bphood

never trust a guy that would trust hamas or wears a cheech...two strikes

Whophantom
Whophantom

And he thinks Hamas would agree with this? That's some pretty good pot he's smoking. LOL

How about dissolving Hamas as a start and let the rest of the Palestinians decide.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Gather the world's armies at Meggido so that the prophecy can be fulfilled; let Jesus cast the unholy one into the Lake of Fire, then let's party!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Yeah, that's the ticket. Make them geographically parallel, then the Hamas stooges won't be able to figure out how to shoot their rockets sideways and they'll all land in Hamastan.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Whophantom ... how about dissolving Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu, and let the rest of Israel decide?



fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@Whophantom 

To even acknowledge that Hamas is not unilaterally supported by ALL Palestinians is an important first step in solving the problem.

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