"America's renewed push to save the two-state solution is going nowhere fast. We need a new paradigm - and Shenhav’s analysis is one of the best places we can start. It has profound implications for how we think of solving the Israel/Palestine conflict."
"Poses interesting historical insights and assessments of present-day Israel."
"Offers a meaningful critique to the ideology that the state has become undemocratic only because of the Six Day War."
"Finding it timely and noteworthy for its original insights into Israeli society, Palestinians in Ramallah promptly translated into Arabic this political commentary on the precarious state in which Israel finds itself. This updated version now appearing in English promises to further widen the circle of those who are beginning to realize that relevant political paradigms have undergone radical change, that a classical two-state solution to the conflict is a fantasy (and perhaps always has been), and that new realities require new ideas. This work certainly belongs to a new genre of writing on the conflict."
Sari Nuseibeh, Al-Quds University
"Yehouda Shenhav makes an unusual and unsettling argument ... what appears on its face a 'progressive' position on the question of Israel and Palestine, is in fact censorial and duplicitous. The Israeli left's sanctimonious insistence in the face of the Jewish settlers of the West Bank that the settlements were illegal and that the proper borders of Israel are those of 1967, is nothing short of an ideological manoeuver. The purpose of the manoeuver is to obfuscate the fact that Israel itself is nothing short of a huge settlement project that was founded upon the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and the systematic expropriation of the land they left behind."
Lama Abu Odeh, from the foreword
"Shenhav does not accuse sides for the ongoing conflict, but is rather willing to offer peaceful alternatives in hopes of overcoming jingoist or chauvinist attitudes. In a very logical and clear way, he examines the reasons for the political struggle and contends that they lay deeper than just the foundation of the Israeli nation state itself." (Human Rights Review 2015)