Regis Debray: Israel pessimist. Tony Curzon Price

Tony Curzon Price
Tony Curzon Price
31 August 2007

This link details Regis Debray's depressing view of the disappearing reality of a 2-state option in Israel/Palestine. It came through my email, just as I sit in an airport lounge bound for Jerusalem.

I am going to the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute for a Network of European Foundations conference on Religion, Democracy and Europe. My last visit to Israel and Jerusalem, some 10 years ago, happened at what seemed like a time of greater hope for peace. I enjoyed the wonderful scholarly atmosphere of the Hebrew University economics department for a week with the basic assumption that a real 2-state solution was not far off.

I go to the Van Leer, looking forward to the stimulation of a great line-up of thinkers and writers, but nevertheless wondering what the reality of the Institute's goals really mean today:

"to enhance ethnic and cultural understanding, ameliorate social tensions, empower civil society players and promote democratic values. "

I'll keep blogging through the conference.



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