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  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143129172
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $29.99

The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine - A Tale of Two Narratives



In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, O’Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, opening our minds to the vital truth that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.

From an international peacemaker and reconciliation expert comes a vital new look at one of the most entrenched conflicts of our time.

Disputes over settlements, the right of return, the rise of Hamas, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, and other intractable issues have repeatedly derailed peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Now, in his persuasive, comprehensive new book, renowned peacemaker Padraig O’Malley argues that the moment for a two-state solution has passed. After examining each issue and speaking with Palestinians and Israelis, as well as negotiators directly involved in past summits, O’Malley concludes that even if such an agreement could be reached – an event he shows to be highly unlikely – it would be nearly impossible to implement given the staggering costs, Palestine’s political disunity and economic fragility, Israel’s continuing ideological shift to the right, and rapidly evolving facts on the ground.

In this revelatory, hard-hitting book, O’Malley approaches the key issues pragmatically, without ideological bias, opening our minds to the vital truth that we must find new frameworks for reconciliation if there is to be lasting peace between Palestine and Israel.

  • Published: 17 October 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143129172
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $29.99

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Praise for The Two-State Delusion: Israel and Palestine - A Tale of Two Narratives

O’Malley argues very persuasively that the two-state solution is dead . . . One can only hope that Israeli, Palestinian and American decision makers will absorb the major lessons taught so very convincingly by O’Malley

Middle East Policy

A thoughtful autopsy of the failed two-state paradigm . . . Evenhanded, diplomatic, mutually respectful, and enormously useful

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Impressive . . . [O’Malley] has done a tremendous amount of research about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict . . . .The result is a book so packed with information that it will reward even the reader so dedicated that she consumes the Israel-Palestine stories buried on Page A17 of The Times . . . O’Malley is not only knowledgeable; he’s also honest

The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

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