MELISSA BLOCK, Host:
Commentator Reza Aslan has been visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and he says it may be time to start thinking about the alternative.
REZA ASLAN: The problem is that neither time nor the demographics of the region are on the side of the Israelis. Today, the number of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is roughly equal - about five million inhabitants each.
BLOCK: But unless four decades of the status quo suddenly transforms into two independent states in the very near future, a single binational state will be, for better or worse, unavoidable. Perhaps we should start planning for it - now.
BLOCK: Reza Aslan, his latest book is "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization."
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