The Two-State Solution The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine - Analysis and Sources

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  • Copyright: 2013-06-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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This timely work, contributed by noted authorities, explains the crucial events in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that led to the UN resolution to partition Palestine into two states on November 29, 1947.

The book first analyzes the historical context of UN resolution 181, including the positions and internal debates of the Jewish and Arab parties and of the international community. It then introduces primary sources related to the resolution, such as protocols, letters, reports, and speeches, some of these published for the first time in English. By combining in-depth analyses with such sources, the book provides a rich and comprehensive overview of the subject from a variety of perspectives. It shows that the arguments for a two-state solution, i.e., a Jewish state along a Palestinian state, are as relevant today as they were then. Featuring both Israeli and Palestinian points of view, this significant work renews the debate that has shaped --and is still shaping-- the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will be an essential resource for anyone interested in the past and future of Israel and Palestine.

Author Biography

Ruth Gavison is Haim H. Cohn  Professor Emerita of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and the Founding President of Metzilah, a center for Zionist, Jewish, Humanist, and Liberal Tought.  She has written extensively on human rights, Israeli society, and Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. She served as a member of the Winograd Commission, which investigated the 2nd Lebanon War (Sept. 2006- Jan. 2008).

Table of Contents

Ruth Gavison

Part I. The Partition Resolution
1. The Zionist Debates on Partition (1919-1947)
Itzhak Galnoor
2. The Positions in Support of the Partition Plan
Alexander Yakobson

3. Palestinians and the Partition Plan
Mustafa Kabba

4. The Position of the Arab Representation vis-à-vis the Partition Plan: The Crime and Its Punishment
Nazier Magally

5. The November 29th Resolution: Then and Now
Ruth Gavison

Part II. Sources
First Crossroads: Peel Commission, 1937
Second Crossroads: The Anglo-American Inquiry Commission, March-April 1946
Third Crossroads: UNSCOP - Establishment, Efforts, and Recommendations, May-September 1947
Fourth Crossroads: United Nations Resolution, November 29th, 1947
Fifth Crossroads: Following the Resolution

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