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One Israel-Palestine state



There are street demonstrations in favor of the Palestinians and loud Jewish support for Sharon. The world is astounded that President Bush supports the Israeli position so strongly. It would seem that this is because of the Pentagon, which thinks in military terms, and the State Department, which has a much better grasp of the total picture. There is a sharp difference between the two departments. President Bush seems bewildered. The world knows that Saudi Arabia has threatened to join the move to cut oil supplies , but, in reporting on his conversations with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Bush said how much he had enjoyed driving him around his ranch in his pickup truck and evaded the key issue. At the same time, there are serious discussions going on between Arabs and Jews. Today at Stanford, the Stanford University Muslim Students Awareness Network (MSAN), American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice (AMGPJ), and the Strategic Research Foundation (SRF) are sponsoring a talk by Israel Shamir.

Shamir was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He studied at the prestigious School of the Academy of Sciences, and read Math and Law at Novosibirsk University. In 1969 Shamir served as paratrooper in the Israeli army and fought in the 1973 war. He then resumed his study of Law at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked with Israel Radio as a freelance his varied assignments included covering Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In 1975, Shamir joined the BBC. In 1977-79 he wrote for Maariv and other papers from Japan. While in Tokyo, he wrote Travels With My Son, his first novel. After returning to Israel in 1980, Shamir wrote for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz and Al Hamishmar newspapers and worked in the Knesset as the spokesman for the Israel Socialist Party (Mapam). His most popular work is the Pine and the Olive. As the first Palestinian Intifada began, Shamir covered the eventful years 1989-1993. While in Moscow, he reported for Haaretz and wrote for various Russian newspapers and magazines, including Pravda and Zavtra weekly. He also translated a Hebrew medieval Talmudic manuscript into Russian. In the midst of all the endless talk of a "Two State solution", Shamir, along with Edward Said, has become a leading champion of the "One Man, One Vote, One State" solution in all of Palestine/Israel. Shamir has established himself as a journalist whose work speaks to the aspirations of both the Israelis and the Palestinians. His most recent works include Acid Test, Rape of Dulcinea, Galilee Flowers, Joseph Revisited and Kid Sister. For more info on Israel Shamir: http://www.israelshamir.net/

The question is whether such a solution would be viable, given the feelings on both sides. Several WAISers have called my attention to the Shamir talk. I also receive lots of editorials on both sides. I am happy to receive these, but I cannot post them since that would swamp the dialog among WAISers. I will try to publish the urls and sometimes to summarize the contents. This goes for all the editorials and reports forwarded to me.

Ronald Hilton - 4/26/02


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