On July 29, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and the Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat shook hands in Washington and began yet another round of peace talks.

Nine months later those seemed to have reached another point of non-committal. Neville Teller, looking back on it in his new book The Search for Détente, says, “I thought of titling the book... ‘Road to Nowhere.’” Why two more books on the subject of Israel-Palestinian negotiations? Neville Teller, a commentator for Eurasia Review, whose articles frequently appeared in The Jerusalem Post, sets out to look at the recent period of negotiations. Mark Levine, a history professor at the University of California; and Mathias Mossberg, a retired Swedish ambassador, in One Land, Two States, seek to bring together essays on a novel approach of a concept called “parallel states,” which envisions two states overlapping in some convoluted way between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Ocean.

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