Dr. Ian Lustick Professor of Political Science
Dr. Lustick is the author of books and articles on Arab-Israeli affairs, including Trapped in the War on Terror and Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza and The New York Times Sunday Review essay "Two State Illusion." A former White House consultant on Middle East affairs and national security, he has taught Israeli politics for more than 30 years.
"The vicious attack on worshipers leaving a synagogue in Jerusalem is a vivid sign that the 47-year status quo in that half free/half occupied city is unsustainable. A vicious circle of hatred, fear, threat and violence is destroying whatever semblance of normalcy the city's inhabitants have managed to maintain. Israeli governments kill Palestinians, take Palestinian land and demolish Palestinian homes. Palestinians kill Jews. Israel retaliates by abetting extremist demands to advance Jewish claims to Muslim shrines and expand Jewish settlement in Palestinian neighborhoods. Palestinians will kill more Jews. And Jews will kill more Palestinians. As difficult as democracy, equality and mutual opportunities for non-exclusivist self-determination are to imagine among Jews and Palestinians, those are the principles that, alone, can avert the otherwise inevitable catastrophe."
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