Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jonathan Chait quotes me.

Or, not really. But he could have.

His version:
That's the nub of the problem right there. The vast majority of Israelis are willing to live alongside the Palestinians in one form or another, and the vast majority of Palestinians are not willing to do the equivalent.
So there are some ways in which it's hard to really interpret this data. Or at least to compare. The meanings and shapes of responses [supporting a two-state solution on each side] seem to be different for each side. But also I think it points to a problem that needs to be recognized.

To create a Palestinian state or even just to settle the conflict requires more than a plurality of Palestinians opinions. It requires some sort of consensus. To talk about what Palestinians want in a way that reduces complexity and disagreement so that they are as an undifferentiated population, as Goldberg does, is essential.

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