Sharing the Middle East

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A Book by David Naggar


Times change. Equitably sharing the Middle East between Arabs and Jews was once embraced by the world.

The international consensus solution, two States—one Israeli, one Palestinian—within the confines of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank—is based on fatally flawed assumptions. Even if two such States could be delineated by fiat, doing so would not produce a lasting peace. It would endanger the lives of some, and ruin the lives of many—Palestinians and Israelis alike.

The overarching Arab/Muslim-Israeli conflict has been simplified to the point where only Palestinian statelessness and Israel’s security needs are discussed. Palestinian Arab needs are not being met, and Israel’s need to be viable has not been considered by the international community since 1920, when multiple Arab States took root, and the much larger original borders of what was to become British Mandate Palestine—a homeland for the Jews—were agreed upon.

A new approach to solving this conflict is needed. Fairly sharing the Middle East will not only serve the interests of peace in the long run, but will also greatly benefit humanity otherwise.


“We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement. Our delegation here in Paris is fully acquainted with the proposals submitted yesterday by the Zionist organization to the Peace Conference, and we regard them as moderate and proper.”                

                                                              — Emir Faisal to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference

Go to my blog. Until January 2010 I tied in current news events with the reasons for a larger Israel.


David Naggar is an attorney and businessman in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born in Israel, where his family has roots dating back to the early days of Palestine. Mr. Naggar has been a student of the Middle East for over 30 years and is a past board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and various divisions of the Jewish Community Federation. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley, where he also received his law degree.