Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? / Edition 2

Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? / Edition 2

by Bernard Wasserstein
     
 

Israelis and Palestinians offers a startlingly new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the conflict in the Middle East. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational ethnic and religious hatreds. Instead he focuses on largely neglected forces -- including population, fertility rates,… See more details below

Overview

Israelis and Palestinians offers a startlingly new interpretation of the historical and contemporary realities of the conflict in the Middle East. Bernard Wasserstein challenges the conventional view of the struggle as driven primarily by irrational ethnic and religious hatreds. Instead he focuses on largely neglected forces -- including population, fertility rates, labor, and environmental pressures -- that have shaped politics in the region over the past century and which will inevitably determine its future. Wasserstein argues that Israelis and Palestinians live today in "Siamese twin societies"; however much they may wish to, neither side can escape the impinging presence and influence of the other. Demographic, economic, and social imperatives are driving Israelis and Palestinians toward mutual accommodation. At a time of diplomatic impasse and escalating bloodshed, Wasserstein offers a realistic and persuasive basis for optimism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105971
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/25/2004
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition

List of Figures

List of Maps

Introduction

1 People 5

2 Society 31

3 Environment 73

4 Territory 99

5 Dynamics of Political Change 139

Chronology 179

Notes 195

Select Bibliography 211

Index 219

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