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Theologian, philosopher, and political radical, Martin Buber (1878–1965) was actively committed to a fundamental economic and political reconstruction of society as well as the pursuit of international peace. In his voluminous writings on Arab-Jewish relations in Palestine, Buber united his religious and philosophical teachings with his politics, which he felt were essential to a life of public dialogue and service to God.
Collected in A Land of Two Peoples are the private and open letters, addresses, and essays in which Buber advocated binationalism as a solution to the conflict in the Middle East. A committed Zionist, Buber steadfastly articulated the moral necessity for reconciliation and accommodation between the Arabs and Jews. From the Balfour Declaration of November 1917 to his death in 1965, he campaigned passionately for a "one state solution.
With the Middle East embroiled in religious and ethnic chaos, A Land of Two Peoples remains as relevant today as it was when it was first published more than twenty years ago. This timely reprint, which includes a new preface by Paul Mendes-Flohr, offers context and depth to current affairs and will be welcomed by those interested in Middle Eastern studies and political theory.
1. A State of Cannons, Flags, and Military Decorations?
2. Toward the Decision
3. At This Late Hour
5. A Proposed Resolution on the Arab Question
6. Resolution on the Arab Question of the Twelfth Zionist Congress
7. Notes from the Congress Concerning Zionist Policy
9. Responsa on Zionist Policy
10. Brith Shalom
12. No More Declarations
13. The National Home and National Policy in Palestine
14. The Wailing Wall
15. Hans Kohn: "Zionism Is Not Judaism"
16. And If Not Now, When?
17. Mohandas K. Gandhi: The Jews
18. A Letter to Gandhi
19. Keep Faith!
20. Our Pseudo-Samsons
21. And Today?
22. Concerning Our Politics
23. False Prophets
24. Let Us Avoid Provocations!
(3 March 1940)
25. The Ichud
26. In the Days of Silence
27. Do Not Believe It!
28. Nathan Rotenstreich: I Believed—Too Hastily?
29. An Additional Clarification: A Reply to Nathan Rotenstreich
30. Dialogue on the Biltmore Program
31. A Majority or Many? A Postscript to a Speech
32. Politics and Morality
33. Our Reply
34. The Meaning of Zionism
35. A Tragic Conflict?
36. It Is Not Sufficient!
37. A Plea for Clemency
38. Two Peoples in Palestine
39. Can the Deadlock Be Broken?
40. The Bi-National Approach to Zionism
41. Let Us Not Allow the Rabble To Rule Us!
42. A Fundamental Error Which Must Be Corrected
43. Zionism and "Zionism"
44. On the Assassination of Count Bernadotte
45. Let Us Make an End to Falsities!
46. Gideon Freudenberg: War and Peace. An Open Letter to Martin Buber
47. Facts and Demands: A Reply to Gideon Freudenberg
(circa January 1949)
48. On the Moral Character of the State of Israel: A Debate with David Ben-Gurion
49. Should the Ichud Accept the Decree of History?
50. The Children of Amos
51. "Preface" to a Projected Volume on Arab-Jewish Rapprochement
52. A Protest Against Expropriation of Arab Lands
53. We Need the Arabs, They Need Us!
54. Instead of Polemics
55. An Outrage
56. Socialism and Peace
57. Active Neutralism
58. Letters from Arabs to Buber
59. Memorandum on the Military Government
60. Israel and the Command of the Spirit
61. Letter to Ben-Gurion on the Arab Refugees
62. Ben-Gurion and Israel's Arabs
63. We Must Grant the Arabs Truly Equal Rights
64. On the Development of the Galilee: An Exchange between Buber and Levi Eshkol
65. The Time To Try
Buber's Legacy: 1993