The Absence of Peace: Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Overview

Suicide bombings continue remorselessly to traumatize the Israeli people as the world’s media, on each occasion, bring dramatic pictures of the terror and carnage caused. Much less wellknown, and very little publicized, however, is the daily fear, poverty and anger of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians as a result of the continuing presence of over 300,000 Jewish settlers in their midst, as well as the ongoing Israeli military occupation, economic sanctions and constant ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $27.30   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Suicide bombings continue remorselessly to traumatize the Israeli people as the world’s media, on each occasion, bring dramatic pictures of the terror and carnage caused. Much less wellknown, and very little publicized, however, is the daily fear, poverty and anger of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians as a result of the continuing presence of over 300,000 Jewish settlers in their midst, as well as the ongoing Israeli military occupation, economic sanctions and constant retaliations. This is what this book is about.

Equally important, Nicholas Guyatt examines the Oslo Peace Accords which, when the Israeli Government and the PLO signed them in 1993, raised such high hopes of a permanent settlement of the Palestine Question. He shows the problem to be not just incomplete implementation of the Accords (although Israel is frequently procrastinating), but their very conception. There can be no economically viable Palestinian state, nor one which can command the respect and enthusiasm of Palestinians, so long as its territory remains fragmented by a growing number of Jewish settlements, the Palestinian Authority becomes a surrogate policeman for the Israeli government, and the Palestinian enclaves are dependent on Israel for access to the outside world, for electrical power, for jobs and so many of the other necessities of life.

This book needs to be read by all those who are puzzled by why the Oslo process, from which so much was expected, now seems to be making so little contribution to peace on the ground, and who wish to understand whether there may be alternatives holding out more hope of a permanent and just settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The 'peace process' in the Middle East has been seriously misunderstood, in my opinion, with very unfortunate human consequences. Nick Guyatt's lucid and well-informed study is a badly needed corrective. I hope that it will be widely read, and will help bring about a redirection that is imperative if ominous prospects are to be averted, and some measure of peace and justice are to be achieved." - Noam Chomsky
Library Journal
Guyatt, a Cambridge historian and visiting scholar at Princeton University, has conducted some solid research on the current Middle East peace process and concludes that the Oslo Agreement is a failure, primarily because of Israeli intransigence and public policy. The background provided is a rather stilted version of the history of Palestine, which, according to the author, was wrenched from its rightful native inhabitants by Zionist interlopers. Expropriation of Palestinians' land led to the development of the violent trappings of Palestinian extremism and anti-Israeli outbursts. The Oslo Agreement, the author concludes, was doomed from the start and never really had a chance to succeed because Israel had no intention of honoring it. Palestinian self-determination and independence can only be achieved when the remnants of Israel occupation are totally eliminated. While his approach is not particularly balanced, Guyatt spells out his perspective in clear terms and provides the reader with an articulate understanding of the Palestinian position. Recommended for large collections.--Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, NC
Booknews
As Israel celebrates its golden anniversary as a modern state, Guyatt (visiting Cambridge historian at Princeton U.) analyzes why--despite its successes as a democratic and economic power--peace with the PLO is still so elusive. Within an historical-political context, he cites the flaws of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, and argues that violence will eclipse peace as long as Palestinians are dependent on Israel in an apartheid-like system. The author proposes one-state and two-state alternatives to the Oslo process. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856495806
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Absence of Peace Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Guyatt is a Cambridge historian and Visiting Fellow in the Department of History at Princeton University, New Jersey.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction
• Greater Israel
• Oslo
• Israeli Politics
• Life under Oslo
• Jerusalem
• The World Reacts
• Alternatives to Oslo

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)