The Middle East Strategy at Harvard blog sometimes publishes some really ridiculous stuff that ought not be taken seriously by anyone. But every once in a while, the administrators of the blog (whose identities remain unknown, to me at least) put something up that’s really helpful. This time, it’s two maps of the West Bank. To my mind, this one is particularly helpful in understanding why the two-state solution is probably no longer viable (click on image to get larger pdf version):
We often hear about how impossible a one-state solution would be, but maps like this show how close Palestine and Israel already are to being a single state. In any case, what’s left of Palestine and is on offer as a Palestinian state isn’t much and could never function as an independent state. The quicker we realize this and start working towards peace accordingly, the quicker the violence will end and the quicker we (Jews and Arabs alike) can get to making the Middle East a good place to live again.