A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Mark Tessler's timely, comprehensive, and objective history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from earliest times to the present provides a constructive framework for thinking realistically about the prospects for peace. Drawing upon a wide array of documents and on research by Palestinians, Israelis, and others, Tessler assesses the conflict on both the Israelis' and the Palestinians' terms. Part 1 treats the early history of Jews and Arabs in the area of Palestine (before there was a conflict) and traces the congruent origins of modern Zionism and Arab nationalism. Part 2 examines the period of the British mandate, World War I, and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Part 3 analyzes the issues that shaped the conflict from 1948 until the June 1967 war, including debates about the legitimacy of Israel and about the origins and consequences of the Palestinian exodus.Renewed attention to the Palestinian question after 1967 is the major focus of Part 4, which covers the period through the Camp David negotiations of the late 1970s. Part 5 examines the military and political confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians in the 1980s, including the war in Lebanon and the intifada and the beginning of peace negotiations in the early 1990s through the Israeli-PLO accord of 1993. A central concern throughout is the prospect for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. Highlighting the historic symmetry of the two peoples and emphasizing the potential for cooperation between them, Tessler presents the case for mutual recognition and a two-state solution.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 42mm | 1,279.12g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 20M.
  • 0253208734
  • 9780253208736
  • 2,017,897

Table of contents

Contents:Part I: Jews and Arabs before the Conflict: The Congruent Origins of Modern Zionism and ArabPart II1.Jewish History and the Emergence of Modern Political Zionism 2.Arab History and the Origins of Nationalism in the Arab World NationalismPart II: Emergence and the History of the Conflict to 19483.The Conflict Takes Shape 4.The Dual Society in Mandatory Palestine Part III: Routinization of the Conflict, 1948-19675.The Palestine Disaster and the Basic Issues after 1948 6.Israel and the Arab States through June 1967 Part IV: The Palestinian Dimension Reemerges: From the June War through Camp David7.Postwar Diplomacy and the Rise of the Palestinian Resistance Movement 8.Israel, the Palestinians, and the Occupied Territories in the 1970s Part V: The High Price of Stalemate: Confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians inthe 1980s9.Violent Confrontations in the Early 1980s 10.Futile Diplomacy in the Mid-1980s 11.The Infitada and BeyondEpilogue: The Beginning of the End?Notes, Bibliography, Indexshow more

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" ... an authoritative source on the evolution and the dynamics of the Arab-Israel conflict... one of the few books that offers a balanced, enlightened, and thorough analysis of the various aspects of the conflict and the politics of the region." - Emile Sahliyeh "... a real breakthrough in the systematic and in-depth analysis of the Arab-Jewish conflict in its historical context... well balanced, objective, and comprehensive." -Baruch Kimmerlingshow more

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