Israel and Palestine

Israel and Palestine

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A new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational, nationalist and religious ideologies. Instead he focuses on hitherto relatively neglected dimensions -- population, land, labour, and the social dynamics of political change. He maintains that Israelis and Palestinians live today in 'Siamese twin societies'. However much they may wish to, neither side can escape the impinging presence and influence of the other. In spite of the current diplomatic impasse and continuing bloodshed and hate-mongering, Wasserstein offers a realistic and persuasive basis for optimism. He argues that demographic, economic and social imperatives are driving the two sides willy-nilly towards some form of symbiosis and accommodation. This startlingly original view of relations between Jews and Arabs in Palestine and Israel over the past century offers hope for the success of current efforts towards peace in the Middle more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861975589
  • 9781861975584

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'Nowhere else are [the arguments] set out so clearly, both on the map and against the passage of time.' James Buchan, Guardianshow more

About Bernard Wasserstein

Bernard Wasserstein has been studying the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict for the past thirty years. Educated at Oxford, he also studied and taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1982 to 1996 he was Professor of History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts and from 1996 to 2000 he served as President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He was Professor of History at the University of Glasgow and is now Professor of History at Chicago. His most recent book, Divided Jerusalem (also published by Profile Books) aroused widespread comment and was particularly praised for its lucidity and more

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