From Camp David to Cast Lead: Essays on Israel, Palestine, and the Future of the Peace Process

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This volume is an appraisal of the past ten years of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Particularly following Israeli Operation Cast Lead in 2009, prospects for a viable Palestinian state existing alongside a secure and independent Israel seem increasingly out of reach. Nonetheless, peace initiatives remain largely limited to the prevailing two-state solution, without much serious attention paid to that paradigm's feasibility in the aftermath of: the Israeli separation barrier, rampant settlement of the West Bank, ...

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Overview

This volume is an appraisal of the past ten years of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Particularly following Israeli Operation Cast Lead in 2009, prospects for a viable Palestinian state existing alongside a secure and independent Israel seem increasingly out of reach. Nonetheless, peace initiatives remain largely limited to the prevailing two-state solution, without much serious attention paid to that paradigm's feasibility in the aftermath of: the Israeli separation barrier, rampant settlement of the West Bank, the crippling of Palestinian civil society by Israeli economic sanctions (and military campaigns), or growing loyalties among disillusioned Palestinians to militant groups like Hamas. Rather than attempt to articulate a new or more viable peace paradigm, this volume seeks to encourage more informed discussion of the present peace process by elaborating on its limitations in the aftermath of the past ten years. Featuring chapters from scholars of international law, political science, philosophy, history, and Middle East Studies, this interdisciplinary volume seeks to analyze the vicissitudes of the Israel-Palestine conflict over the past ten years, in a truly holistic manner.

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Editorial Reviews

Muslim World Book Review
The book is an essential read for anyone interested in the last decade of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even the general readers cannot afford to miss this book which contains a wealth of opinions, analyses and proposed solutions. The book lives up to its goal as stated by the Editor Daanish Faruqi '...the goal of this volume is to challenge the underlying assumptions of prevailing peace paradigms by exposing their limitations in the aftermath of the past ten years'. The editor of the book must be congratulated for compiling this important addition to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
John J. Mearsheimer
Over the past two decades, more and more Americans have learned the truth about Israel's brutal policies toward the Palestinians. This terrific collection of essays-which explains why recent attempts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have failed-is another major step in setting the record straight. Anyone who wants to know why the Middle East peace process never leads to peace should read From Camp David to Cast Lead.
Phyllis Bennis
Choose any ten years in the history of Washington's Middle East 'peace process,' and you will find way more 'process' than anything resembling peace. Framing the most recent decade by two of its biggest disasters, Faruqi brings together a wide-ranging team of analysts to sort out why the failures continue-most importantly because of the longstanding U.S.-Israeli rejection of international law and human rights as the crucial basis for any serious solution. The assembly of Palestinian and other writers demonstrate how the 'two-state' model is, or soon will be, a hopeless anachronism-and crucially, the urgent need to consider new, not-so-new, different and creative alternatives for a just peace.
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Meet the Author

Daanish Faruqi is a contributing editor to Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.

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Table of Contents

Note on Citations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Daanish Faruqi 1

Part I Beginnings

1 Who Are the Palestinians? Henry Pachter 11

2 Deconstructing Israeli Democracy: On the Cultural Prerequisites of Political Modernity Michael J. Thompson 21

3 Security-Settlement Complex Menachem Klein 29

Part II 2000 to 2006: Sharon, the Intifada, and the Roadmap

4 Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians Avi Shlaim 43

5 The Building of a Wall Moshe Zuckermann 53

6 West Bank Settlements Obstruct Peace: Israel's Empire State Building Marwan Bishara 59

7 A Place for Our Dream? Mustapha Barghouti 65

Part III 2006 to 2008: Hamas Election Sweep, Gaza Incursions, and the Annapolis Peace Conference

8 Trials in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Elna Sondergaard 73

9 Blitzkrieg in Gaza Lawrence Davidson 101

10 Who Are the Palestinians Today? Stephen Eric Bronner 109

Part IV Gaza in 2009-2010: Operation Cast Lead and the Future of the Peace Process

11 Unjust and Illegal: The Israeli Attack on Gaza Stephen R. Shalom 123

12 Gaza's Diminishing Landscape Sara Roy 149

Bibliography 161

Index 169

Contributors 171

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