Is the Settlement Process Reversible?
Ian Lustick

Ever since the late 1970s, Israelis and other observers have argued about whether and when settlement of the Occupied Territories could become "irreversible"-when it would pass the "point of no return." While this argument is potent rhetorically, and has been used by both the left (to spur anti-settlement mobilization) and by the right (to discourage it), the mechanisms by which settlement is translated into irreversibility are seldom specified. This lecture will carefully examine the irreversibility thesis, consider the implications of current changes in settler thinking about relocation and even withdrawal from portions of the territories, and respond to arguments of some of those currently advocating a democratic state in all of Palestine because of a perceived disappearance of the separate state option.

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