Veteran Middle East scholar William B. Quandt, a former member of the National Security Council, agrees that more Palestinians, especially younger ones, are open to seeking democratic rights within Israel.
calls the idea more of a "thought experiment" than a clearly thought-out policy, noting there has been a relatively small amount of effort put into figuring out how Israelis and Palestinians would co-exist in a binational state.
"Nobody's even started," he
"I mean, I can point you to ten studies that have tried to work the details on a two-state solution, including some by Israelis and Palestinians, and you can read how they'd do the border, and Jerusalem, and border crossings, and security, and refugee claims and so forth.
"It's not that it's all been agreed, but at least you kind of know what the topic headings are," he
"There's nothing I know of comparable on what a one-state agreed solution would be.
At this point, it's more of a concept."
Quandt, professor emeritus at University of Virginia, says the likelihood of Israelis immediately rejecting a one-state solution poses another stumbling block.