The Politics of Change in Palestine

The Politics of Change in Palestine : State-building and Non-violent Resistance

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This book contradicts the dominant myth that incompetent, corrupt, and uncompromising Palestinian decision-makers are responsible for the lasting stalemate in the Middle-East Peace Process. It highlights recent political developments in Palestine that fundamentally redefine important parameters of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Contrary to public perception, new political trends in the Palestinian Territories bolster prospects for the realisation of Palestinian national aspirations. Michael Broning identifies key indicators which fundamentally question dominant Israeli narratives and pose an unprecedented strategic challenge to the Israeli leadership. These include the re-invention of Hamas, the reform of the Fatah movement, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's state-building efforts and the surge of non-violent resistance against Israel. This persuasive book forces us to reconsider the perceived wisdom that the Palestinians are powerless to influence events as they struggle for peace.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 figures
  • 0745330932
  • 9780745330938
  • 1,622,074

Table of contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations I. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW 1. Progress and Stagnation 2. The Myth of a Missing Palestinian Partner 3. Change in Palestine II. HAMAS IN TRANSITION 1. "What is there to Talk About?" 2. Changing Hamas: On Theory and Pragmatism 3. Embracing Statehood: Hamas in Gaza 4. Tremors of Change: "Hamas 2.0"? 5. Prospects for Western Engagement with Hamas III. CHANGING FATAH 1. Looking Back: Ambiguity, Symbolism and Stagnation 2. Re-inventing Fatah: The Sixth General Conference of 2009 3. Making Fatah Work: The Challenges Ahead IV. PNA STATE-BUILDING: PUTTING PALESTINE ON THE MAP 1. The "Fayyad-Plan": Parameters of a Technocratic Revolution 2. One Year into State-Building: A Preliminary Evaluation 3. Turning Wine into Water? The Ambiguities of Fayyadism 4. Fayyad: Palestinian Messiah or Traitor to the Cause? V. BEYOND TERROR: POLITICISING NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE 1. Non-Violence: The Forgotten Resistance 2. Current Trends of Non-Violence 3. Non-violence: Does It Work? 4. A Hammer Looking for a Nail? Israeli Responses 5. Challenges of Non-Violence VI. EPILOGUE Appendix Notes Bibliography
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Broning's lucid text on Palestinian affairs within the context of the continuing Israeli occupation is timely and immensely needed. This book is a must-read for those who want to comprehend the Israeli/Palestinian elephant in its totality, rather than be misled by a blind grasp of just the trunk, an ear, or the tail. -- Khaled Hroub, director of the Arab Media Project, University of Cambridge Michael Broning provides a much-needed antidote to mainstream writing. He methodically sketches the arc of the Palestinian national movement in the Occupied Territories as it transforms itself from Fatah's secular nationalist approach to Hamas's Islamist nationalism. This is a highly valuable book that no student of Palestinian history or the Arab-Israeli conflict can afford to ignore. -- Joost R. Hiltermann, Deputy Program Director Middle East and North Africa, International Crisis Group, Washington DC Michael Broning has brilliantly described current changes and new perspectives emerging in the Palestinian landscape. At the same time, he has captured the stakes and the challenges of Palestinian nonviolent resistance. -- Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of Palestinian National Initiative, Ramallah A lucid analysis of Palestinian politics and much needed food for thought on how to engage Hamas. A must-read for anyone interested in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. -- Gernot Erler, Minister of State in the German Federal Foreign Office 2005-2009, Deputy Chairman of social democrats in the German Parliament, Berlin. Few, if any, have spotted the subtle yet positive changes in Palestine as thoroughly. -- Jordan Times Based on extensive research and on in-depth interviews with activists and decision-makers. Politics of Change offers a well-informed interpretation of often overlooked developments. -- Maan News Agency An excellent contribution in times of political fermentation. -- Israel-Palestine Journal Informed, well written, and impressively precise. -- International Politics & Society Extremely well-written, clear, concise, informative and well-laid out. -- Counterfire Provides a new interpretation of recent developments and a comprehensive analysis of non-violence. -- Al Hayat Al Jadida
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About Michael Broning

Michael Broning is Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in the Palestinian Territories and previously represented FES in Jordan and Iraq. He has written on Middle East politics in Foreign Affairs, New Statesman, Der Spiegel and Die Zeit.
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