On the last days of August 2016, former Mossad director Tamir Prado gave his first public interview. Brief and sober, Prado stated that Israel’s greatest existential threat was not external, but internal. “If a divided society crosses a certain threshold,” he said, “it can deteriorate in the extreme case to civil war … and I fear that we are heading in this direction.”
Pardo fingered the Palestinian conflict as the issue most dividing Israeli society.
One camp believes Israel must hold to what is rightly hers. The other insists the so-called “West Bank” is under occupation. Solving the territorial dispute, so goes bi-partisan argument, will also end Israel’s dangerous internal division. For Pardo, the solution is what “Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] has said, that between the sea to the Jordan river there should be two states, and he is right.”
The two-state solution can be traced back to 1923, when for the first time the land...