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Dr Abraham Weizfeld completed his PhD at l’Université du Québec à Montréal, with a thesis entitled Nation, Society and the State: The Reconciliation of Palestinian and Jewish National Identity. His research focuses on the critique of European political philosophy, from Hegel’s Nation-State modernity to the Zionist State of today. The Jewish Bund political heritage is the basis of his methodology, in distinction from the Zionist and Marxist political tendencies.

The writer, Dr abraham Weizfeld, is concerned by the political philosophy and the constitutional transformation of the contradiction between two major Nations in the body of one Land Palestine-Israel. While the notion of the Nation-State has permeated the Levant since the 1917 British Crusade into Jerusalem, the organic demographic actuality of the country’s population is incompatible with the dominance of one Nation in one Land and the subsequent degeneration into the series of war crimes beginning in 1947. The exit from this conception of a Zionist State requires another methodology that offers an alternative to the domination of one Nation by another and that is rationalised by the myths of nation-building that are promoted by the Nationalist school of thought.

With an approach that is inter-national, in the root meaning of the term, the writer fuses the Jewish Bundist concept of National-Cultural Autonomy with the process of Constituent Assemblies as an expression of the parallel Civil Societies that become an organic social construction codified in a Federal Constitution. By avoiding the notion of the Nation-State, entitled a Republic, by either one Nation or the other, this exit from the impasse perpetuated by the Nation-State may then be named ‘The No-State Solution’.

The book ‘The Federation of Palestinian Hebrew Nations’ focuses on the political philosophy and the constitutional transformation of the contradiction between two major nations in one land, namely Palestine-Israel. While the notion of the Nation-State has permeated the Levant since the 1917 British crusade into Jerusalem, the organic demographic actuality of the country’s population is incompatible with the dominance of one nation in one land, with the subsequent degeneration into the series of war crimes that began in 1947.

To move away from this conception of a Zionist State requires another methodology that offers an alternative to the domination of one nation by another that is rationalized by the myths of nation-building promoted by the Nationalist school of thought. With an approach that is inter-national, in the root meaning of the term, this book fuses the Jewish Bundist concept of National-Cultural Autonomy with the process of constituent assemblies as an expression of the parallel civil societies that become an organic social construction codified in a federal constitution. By avoiding the notion of the Nation-State, this exit may then be named “the No-State Solution”.

Palestinian national identity is the ultimate test for the existing geopolitical paradigm. The negligence resulting in the impasse of the various solutions towards this particular region of conflict is indicative of the lack of a solution in current geopolitical alignments. The continues presence of a People which refuses to disappear, despite the lack of a Nation-State, is a fundamental challenge to the existing States as recognised by the United Nations. Likewise, we have seen the persistence of the un-historic Nation, the Jewish People. These two parallel experiences demonstrate the failure of both the liberal and conservative mythologies in the nation-building quest.

In the first instance, the Palestinian Nation continues to exist in both exiles and under the apartheid neo-colonialist regime of the Zionist State enterprise, despite the efforts of numerous interventions by international agencies and by a succession of superpowers. The Zionist project had 1 While this publication is of an academic character, which concerns the interpretation of and the formulation of conceptual thought, it is not a Thesis and will not seek to offer a proof of the propositions here but rather offer, for your consideration, the thinking and experience of an academic with 45 years of work on the nature of Palestine together with 69 years living the condition of the Jewish People in the Occidental States.

The deductions here concern the future prospects of the given conditions that are experienced presently and as such are not based on a proof but rather offer the reader a deductive analysis to be considered,