Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bending Toward Justice

If President Obama is looking for a way to excite us with an American vision for a Palestinian state--one that can be started on even before core issues are (entirely) resolved, and which implies what is plausible about peaceful integration with Israel and Jordan--he could do worse than publicly get behind the RAND Corporation's ARC project, which has been refined significantly since its introduction four years ago. Largely the brainchild of urban planner Doug Suisman and RAND's own Ross Anthony, and promoted tirelessly by Chicago attorney Art Winter (all of whom I am proud to call friends), the ARC is a design for a transportation and basic infrastructure corridor which, as I suggested in The Hebrew Republic's conclusion, mirrors the Beersheva to Haifa/Galilee transportation arc on the Israeli side.

The current proposal skirts still contentious issues, such as the status of East Jerusalem, and the plausibility of building as long as Area C remains entirely in Israeli hands. But I defy you to watch this short video and think about the state the same way again.