A peculiar state, number 194

In 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership. Since then, they’ve made remarkable progress, but the political quagmire–and Fayyad’s resignation from office–may have destroyed the most promising opportunity for peace in years.

This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine – at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.

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