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|Since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in 2000, there hasn't been a moment when the punditocracy hasn't insisted that Israel needs to make a deal with the Palestinians--and soon. Otherwise, they claim, Israeli democracy, saddled with millions of Palestinians living under Israeli control without citizenship, will have to choose between the twin catastrophes of democratic suicide and apartheid. And since the solution that everyone knows is the eventual one--land for peace--is so clear, let's just get on with it.
It hasn't panned out. We're now approaching two decades of failure of the two-state solution. Every strategy for pulling it off--Oslo, Taba, Geneva, Road Map, Dayton, Obama/Clinton--has, despite sometimes enormous efforts, failed or died stillborn.