Israel / Palestine

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-04-16
  • Publisher: Polity Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Two Worlds Collide
Dispelling Myths
Defining the Conflict
The Setting: Ottoman Palestine
The Jewish Story
A Fossilized Relic?
The Theme of Persecution
"Come, Let Us Go"
Herzl and the Second Aliya
First Encounters
The Arab Story
The Glory of Islam
The Rise of the West
Palestine and Palestinism
First Encounters
The Debut of Arab Nationalism
The Emergence of Israel
The British Mandate
A Mischievous Pretence?
Holocaust and Partition
The War of Independence/An-Naqba:
The Second Stage of the Conflict
Nasser and Nationalism
The Re-emergence of the Palestinians
The War that No One Wanted?
The Peculiar Legacy of 1967
The Decade of Sadat: Entering the Third Stage of the Conflict
The Lebanese Tangle
Shaking Things Up: The First Intifada
The First Pass at Peace
The Oslo Breakthrough
The Rocky Road to Peace
What Went Wrong?
The Roof Falls In
The Fourth Stage of the IsraeliŠPalestinian Conflict
The End of the Arafat Era
Israel Turns to Unilateralism
A Turning Point: Ideology Prevails
The Impasse that Remains
The End of the Two-State Solution?
Territory and Settlements
Security Issues
A General Prognosis
The Perfect Conflict
Right against Right?
A Practical Solution
Building Foundations: Extremists and Illusions
Further Reading
Internet Links
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