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Israel / Palestine, 4th Edition

Israel / Palestine, 4th Edition

Alan Dowty

ISBN: 978-1-509-52081-7 August 2017 Polity 328 Pages




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 expanded fourth 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. Updated to include recent developments, such as the clashes in the Gaza Strip and the latest diplomatic initiatives, the new edition presents in full the opposed perspectives of the two sides, 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 how, for all that, the gap between the two sides has narrowed over time.

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1 Introduction: Two Worlds Collide
2 The Jewish Story
3 The Arab Story
4 The Emergence of Israel
5 The Re-emergence of the Palestinians
6 The First Pass at Peace
7 The Fourth Stage of the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
8. The Downward Spiral
9 The Impasse that Remains
10 The Perfect Conflict
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Fully revised and updated, this edition includes a study of the the Kerry initiative and the impact of ongoing chaos in the region.
"Alan Dowty's book now receives pride of place at the top of my list of concise, illuminating histories to recommend ... It can be expected that this book will be a leading contender to be the textbook of choice in basic courses on the conflict."
Paul L. Scham, University of Maryland and Middle East Journal

"Alan Dowty's Israel/Palestine is an authoritative and extraordinarily valuable text for courses on the Arab/Israeli conflict. Rare for its scrupulous attention to balance and careful examination of the responsibilities of all sides, Dowty not only offers an opportunity to evaluate critically their differences but also suggests the commonalities out of which the conflict could be resolved."
S. Ilan Troen, Brandeis University and President of the Association for Israel Studies