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What explains the peculiar intensity and evident intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Of all the "hot spots" in the world today, the apparently endless clash between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East seems unique in its longevity and resistance to resolution. Is this conflict really different from other ethnic and nationalist confrontations, and if so, in what way? In this fully revised and updated third edition of his highly respected introductory text, Alan Dowty demystifies the conflict by putting it in broad historical perspective, identifying its roots, and tracing its evolution up to the current impasse. His account offers a clear analytic framework for understanding transformations over time, and in doing so, punctures the myths of an "age-old" conflict with an unbridgeable gap between the two sides. Rather than simply reciting historical detail, this book presents a clear overview that serves as a road map through the thicket of conflicting claims. This newly expanded edition updates the analysis to include the latest developments, and also integrates into the analysis a fuller account of the regional and international context of the conflict. In this account the opposed perspectives of the two sides are presented in full, leaving readers to make their own evaluations of the issues. The book thus expresses fairly and objectively the concerns, hopes, fears, and passions of both sides, making it clear why this conflict is waged with such vehemence -- and why, for all that, there are some grounds for optimism.
Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame
Table of Contents
|List of Maps, Figures, and Tables||p. xi|
|Introduction: Two Worlds Collide||p. 1|
|Dispelling Myths||p. 1|
|Defining the Conflict||p. 4|
|The Setting: Ottoman Palestine||p. 12|
|The Jewish Story||p. 22|
|A Fossilized Relic?||p. 22|
|The Theme of Persecution||p. 28|
|"Come, Let Us Go"||p. 32|
|Herzl and the Second Aliyah||p. 37|
|First Encounters||p. 42|
|The Arab Story||p. 47|
|The Glory of Islam||p. 47|
|The Rise of the West||p. 55|
|Palestine and Palestinism||p. 60|
|First Encounters||p. 64|
|The Debut of Arab Nationalism||p. 67|
|The Emergence of Israel||p. 72|
|The British Mandate||p. 72|
|A Mischievous Pretence?||p. 81|
|Holocaust and Partition||p. 85|
|The War of Independence/An-Nakba: The Second Stage of the Conflict||p. 92|
|Nasser and Nationalism||p. 103|
|The Re-Emergence of the Palestinians||p. 113|
|The War that No One Wanted?||p. 113|
|The Peculiar Legacy of 1967||p. 119|
|The Decade of Sadat: Entering the Third Stage of the Conflict||p. 125|
|The Lebanese Tangle||p. 137|
|Shaking Things Up: The First Intifada||p. 142|
|The First Pass at Peace||p. 149|
|The Oslo Breakthrough||p. 149|
|The Rocky Road to Peace||p. 149|
|What Went Wrong?||p. 163|
|The Roof Falls In||p. 172|
|The Fourth Stage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict||p. 177|
|The End of the Arafat Era||p. 177|
|Israel Turns to Unilateralism||p. 182|
|A Turning Point: Ideology Prevails||p. 192|
|Palestinian Unilateralism||p. 206|
|The Impasse that Remains||p. 220|
|The End of the Two-State Solution?||p. 220|
|Territory and Settlements||p. 226|
|Security Issues||p. 237|
|A General Prognosis||p. 248|
|The Perfect Conflict||p. 256|
|Right against Right?||p. 256|
|A Practical Solution||p. 259|
|Building Foundations: Extremists and Illusions||p. 262|
|Further Reading||p. 280|
|Internet Links||p. 283|
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