This rather sad email exchange between Michael Oren and David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy is worth the read. David Rothkop sums up what many liberal Zionists and liberal supporters of Israel are thinking these days. While I’m surprised that a recent three trip was his first visit to Israel ever, he seems to understand the cold logic of the situation better than Oren, whose own vision of Israel is steeped in the moral posturing of the old narrative, in historical claims that once were true. Anyone even remotely familiar with the country will recognize with Oren that Israel today is more “open” and “less provincial and homogeneous” than it was in the past. But not more “democratic.” What Oren fails to grasp, at least in this exchange, one meant for public consumption, is that without a territorially defined demos, without a clear-cut border like the one established by the Green Line, the country is more compromised politically than ever used to be the case. Has he let the cat out of the bag? If he truly thinks “a two-state solution is unfortunately unlikely,” then maybe it’s time to call it a day and get behind the idea of giving West Bank and Gaza Palestinians the right to vote in Israel. More than any argument pressed by Rothkopf, it’s Oren’s own logic that leads to this conclusion.