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Is the Two-State Solution Already Dead? A Political and Military History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
     

Is the Two-State Solution Already Dead? A Political and Military History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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by Hasan Afif El-Hasan
 

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Written by a Palestinian with intimate knowledge of the political and physical landscape of the region, at its basic level the book advocates for a just peace based on the human rights and international law, a peace which all parties to the century-old conflict need.
In this history of Palestine, the author shows that both sides of the conflict as well as the

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Written by a Palestinian with intimate knowledge of the political and physical landscape of the region, at its basic level the book advocates for a just peace based on the human rights and international law, a peace which all parties to the century-old conflict need.
In this history of Palestine, the author shows that both sides of the conflict as well as the international community share the blame for the failure to bring the issue to a just conclusion. Most of the responsibility, he says, lies at the door of the Palestinian leaders themselves, who seem to suffer from institutionalized incompetence in dealing with the Israelis; and of the Israelis who refuse to transform their colonial enterprise into reconciliation politics by acknowledging the claims of the indigenous Palestinian people. At the same time, there is every sign that this impasse was deliberately created at the outset by the international community, led by Great Britain, in the endless game of "divide and rule."
Unlike many optimistic writers who expect US President Barack Obama and his administration to find a just solution to the conflict, the author concludes that the Obama Administration would have to reverse the traditional US policy in the Middle East entirely if it is to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Books on the Palestinian conflict tend to focus on one historical period and blame one side or another for the Palestinians' predicament. This work fills the need for a source that tells a comprehensive story of the conflict since the nineteenth century, when Zionism was conceived in Europe and Palestine was home for Arab majority and very small Jewish minority. It reviews and analyzes the histories of Arab nationalism, Zionism, Palestinian nationalism, and the roles played by Jordan and Egypt in the Palestinian conflict over the years.
Delving into the historical background behind all the parties to the issue, the book provides much-needed background for understanding news events today and basic information that even human rights activists and peace organizations may not have fully appreciated. Throughout, the author seeks to transcend his ethnicity and deal fairly with the positions of people holding different worldviews.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875867922
Publisher:
Algora Publishing
Publication date:
06/07/2010
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Hasan El-Hasan was born in Beit-Eiba, a small Palestinian village near the city of Nablus, when Palestine was under the British Mandate. He lived through the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, then the annexation of the West Bank to Jordan. He witnessed the defeat of the Arab armies, the exodus of the Palestinians, the total dissolution of their community and the ensuing chaos in the 1948 war. The Iraqi military contingent camp was on his village's land in 1948 but did nothing. Asked why his unit was not helping the Egyptian military to defend Palestine, the Iraqi commanding officer replied, "We have no orders to fight." The puzzles and contradictions of these events led to his future research.After completing high school in the West Bank, Mr. El-Hasan earned his teaching credentials in Nablus and taught math and science in its secondary schools. Later he came to the United States, where he earned a B.S. degree in electronics engineering and enjoyed a successful career in technology. He then earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Riverside.

Mr. El-Hasan contributes articles to on-line publications including Palestine Chronicle.

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Is the Two-State Solution Already Dead? A Political and Military History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conflicts among nations and the search for solutions to the conflicts start with narratives of accusations, grievances and explanations. The Palestinian conflict encompasses bitterly competed narratives that are difficult to reconcile. "Is the Two-State solution already Dead?" narrative attempts to capture the sense of both sides of the issue. It is a comprehensive history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since the nineteenth century. The book reviews Arab nationalism, Zionism, Palestine since the nineteenth century, the Hashemite, the Egyptians relations with Palestine and the "peace process". The last chapter, "Is there liberation without violence?" discourages violence and seeks to find an alternative solutions when the "peace process" is declared dead. El-Hasan accuses both sides of the conflict as well as the international community, especially the US, for the failure of the Palestinian to have their own free state on twenty-two percent of the country that was all theirs before 1948. The author states that reconciliation would require major political restructuring in Israel, among the Palestinian factions and the US view of the conflict. The author does not use frenzied rhetoric, but his focus is on facts and the call for peaceful solution to the conflict. I strongly recommend reading this book from cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago