Monday, September 20, 2010

Josef Joffe: Update of A World Without Israel

SPME (Scholars for Peace in the Middle East) reprints Josef Joffe's New Republic article (behind a paywall) in which he confirms his assertion that despite the "It's Palestine, stupid" myth, the problems of the ME will not go away if peace is achieved between Israel and the Palestinians. He reminds us that the autocracies will still exist as will illiteracy, poverty and oppression. In other words, let's not overstate it: "By all means, let’s have a Palestinian state. But let’s also dispatch the myth that such a state will 'start to unwind all the other pressure points.' Shoddy myths make for faulty policy."

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