Charles W. Freeman Jr. In His Own Words
On One-State vs. Two-State Solution
Posted: March 25, 2009
Charles Freeman supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but has warned that Israeli actions have encouraged those who would promote a one-state solution. He has argued that the settlements have diminished the viability of a Palestinian state and have reduced the possibility of Palestinian sovereignty, and therefore has spoken in favor of an Israeli withdrawal from '99%' of the Palestinian territories.
In His Own Words:
"We've come to a situation in which there is very little land left for a state, there's no agreed framework anymore for a discussion of two states…and the two-state solution is not seen anymore by most as viable…..And so the question, I agree, is whether new leadership in our country can rise to the occasion to move things in the right direction toward this solution, which involves withdrawal, as you said, from 99 percent of the lands taken in 1967." -- January 16, 2009,
"Our recent embrace of the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and a secular Arab state – the so-called 'two-state solution' – is widely seen in the region as too little and too late. Too little, because so much land has been colonized by Israel that there is not enough left for a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel; too little, because what is on offer looks to Palestinians more like an Indian reservation than a country." -- February 11, 2008, MIT