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Overview

In this startling new interpretation of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Bernard Wasserstein focuses on largely neglected forces—demographic, economic, and social—that have shaped the politics of the region but have also made the two societies so interdependent that they must make peace in order to survive.

"Readers who care about the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict should not overlook Bernard Wasserstein’s lucid attempt to look at it from some unusual angles. . . . A helpful and original introduction to the conflict."—Warren Bass, Washington Post Book World

"Reasoned and balanced, [this book] makes a compelling case that demographic, socio-economic, environmental, and territorial imperatives must eventually bring Israelis and Palestinians to a peaceful resolution."—Eric Silver, Jewish Chronicle
"In this short and elegant essay, [Wasserstein] slips in a good deal of history. . . . The rationality of the arguments is impressive."—David Pryce-Jones, Sunday Times (London)

"Wasserstein’s readable text is a solid primer on Israelis and Palestinians for experts and neophytes, characterized by a hardheaded realism that is fair to both sides."—Foreign Affairs

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“In this short and elegant essay, [Wasserstein] slips in a good deal of history. . . . In his view, Israelis and Palestinians are fighting for definable interests and identifiable goals. Yet neither of them is paying proper attention to larger developments which are outside their control but are nonetheless impelling the outcome of events towards a happy ending. . . . This essay’s aspiration for peace is genuine. The rationality of the arguments is impressive.”—David Pryce-Jones, Sunday Times (London)

"If a philosopher-king could solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Bernard Wasserstein, professor of history at Glasgow University and old Middle East hand, would get my vote. His latest tract, reasoned and balanced, makes a compelling case that demographic, socio-economic, environmental and territorial imperatives must eventually bring Israelis and Palestinians to a peaceful resolution."—Eric Silver, Jewish Chronicle

The Washington Post
Newcomers more interested in scholarship than celebrity would do well to consider the historian Bernard Wasserstein's fine overview, Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop?Warren Bass
Publishers Weekly
As of this fall a professor of history at the University of Chicago, Wasserstein (Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City) finds that, despite reports to the contrary, "neither Jews nor Arabs, in their collective behaviour, are animated by crazed psychopathy. They fight over definable interests, motivated by comprehensible value-systems, in pursuit of identifiable goals." Both, Wasserstein argues, are focused on "population, land, work, security, and dignity," and the bulk of the book is devoted to clearly and substantively laying out the specifics. And with good reason, since each nationalism "is now near the end of its tether." BOMC, History Book Club, Military Book Club selections. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Foreign Affairs
Wasserstein systematically examines the demographic, socioeconomic, environmental, and territorial dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In doing so, he deftly debunks the myths and misrepresentations held by both sides and shows that, over time, changes in these areas may create the objective conditions for a negotiated settlement. Demographic reality, for example, will force Israel to realize that in order to maintain a Jewish majority, it will have to accept a return to its pre-1967 borders. The Palestinians, meanwhile, must realize that although they can press Israel to withdraw from territories taken in 1967, they cannot realistically do more. With 9 figures, 21 maps, and an integrated chronology, Wasserstein's readable text is a solid primer on Israelis and Palestinians for experts and neophytes, characterized by a hardheaded realism that is fair to both sides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300105971
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Wasserstein is professor of history at the University of Chicago.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Good content, but wordy

    I guess a subject like this one can't be exlained simply, but this author certainly makes you read this one carefully. I found myself re-reading the same paragraph twice, just to get the content correct. With that said, I did learn a lot. The social and economic back-drop is normally overlooked when thinking about this conflict, but this book explained these issues. It also put the root of the problem in perspective, two groups being divided due to the acts of a handfull radical terrorists.

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