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Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? / Edition 3
     

Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? / Edition 3

by Bernard Wasserstein
 

ISBN-10: 0300137648

ISBN-13: 9780300137644

Pub. Date: 05/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

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,

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 last 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:
9780300137644
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Edition description:
3
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
List of Mapsx
Introduction1
1People5
2Society31
3Environment73
4Territory99
5Dynamics of Political Change139
Acknowledgements177
Chronology179
Notes193
Select Bibliography209
Index217

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