Israel / Palestine

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-06-11
  • 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.

Author Biography

Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
List of Maps, Figures, and Tablesp. xi
Introduction: Two Worlds Collidep. 1
Dispelling Mythsp. 1
Defining the Conflictp. 4
The Setting: Ottoman Palestinep. 12
The Jewish Storyp. 22
A Fossilized Relic?p. 22
The Theme of Persecutionp. 28
"Come, Let Us Go"p. 32
Herzl and the Second Aliyahp. 37
First Encountersp. 42
The Arab Storyp. 47
The Glory of Islamp. 47
The Rise of the Westp. 55
Palestine and Palestinismp. 60
First Encountersp. 64
The Debut of Arab Nationalismp. 67
The Emergence of Israelp. 72
The British Mandatep. 72
A Mischievous Pretence?p. 81
Holocaust and Partitionp. 85
The War of Independence/An-Nakba: The Second Stage of the Conflictp. 92
Nasser and Nationalismp. 103
The Re-Emergence of the Palestiniansp. 113
The War that No One Wanted?p. 113
The Peculiar Legacy of 1967p. 119
The Decade of Sadat: Entering the Third Stage of the Conflictp. 125
The Lebanese Tanglep. 137
Shaking Things Up: The First Intifadap. 142
The First Pass at Peacep. 149
The Oslo Breakthroughp. 149
The Rocky Road to Peacep. 149
What Went Wrong?p. 163
The Roof Falls Inp. 172
The Fourth Stage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflictp. 177
The End of the Arafat Erap. 177
Israel Turns to Unilateralismp. 182
A Turning Point: Ideology Prevailsp. 192
Palestinian Unilateralismp. 206
The Impasse that Remainsp. 220
The End of the Two-State Solution?p. 220
Territory and Settlementsp. 226
Jerusalemp. 233
Security Issuesp. 237
Refugeesp. 242
A General Prognosisp. 248
The Perfect Conflictp. 256
Right against Right?p. 256
A Practical Solutionp. 259
Building Foundations: Extremists and Illusionsp. 262
Reflectionsp. 265
Chronologyp. 267
Further Readingp. 280
Internet Linksp. 283
Referencesp. 285
Indexp. 299
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