Two rabbis, visiting Palestine in 1897, observed that the land was like a bride, “beautiful, but married to another man”. By which they meant that, if a place was to be found for Israel in Palestine, where would the people of Palestine go? This is a dilemma that Israel has never been able to resolve.
Ghada Karmi explains in fascinating detail the difficulties the imposition of Israel in Palestine created for the Arab world. Ultimately, she argues for the establishment of a democratic secular state in Palestine. Her startling conclusions seem to overturn conventional thinking – and they are hard to refute.