Professor of Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"Extremists in both the Palestinian and Israeli camps, and even some mainstream American and European intellectuals, have for a variety of reasons begun campaigning for a single bi-national state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
Even without any formal action toward such a state, the combination of increasing Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and a soaring Palestinian birth rate will soon enough leave two hostile populations entwined in a death embrace. History tells us such an outcome would lead to communal violence that would make this intifada seem like a New England town meeting.
Against such a backdrop, the informal, unofficial peace treaty forged between Palestinian and Israeli political figures and signed earlier this week in Geneva represents the best chance in years of reviving the concept of two states for two peoples. One need not believe the model agreement is flawless to find in it one of the only causes for cautious optimism since September 2000."
"Geneva Accord Better Than Violence," Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5, 2003