Solutionist Delusions

Rosen, Steven
November 1977
New Republic;11/26/77, Vol. 177 Issue 22, p14
Discusses a solutionist view on security design in the Middle East and need for security measures in Israel. Report that the new solutionists see the promise of a settlement in which the Arabs would exchange recognition of Israel for an Israeli withdrawal to pre-1967 borders and creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; Information on recent developments in military technology in the region; Report that some authorities have proposed a system of American or U.S.-Soviet security guarantees to Israel and to the Arabs; View that the failure of the solutionists to deal with several questions suggests that these analysts and policymakers are driven more by despair at the alternatives than by any coherent notion of how their security arrangements would work; Statement that the development of a truly effective alternative security design for the Middle East is a task that still lies before the world.


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