Old Conflict, New War: Israel's Politics Toward the Palestinians

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What caused the drastic, rapid reversal from the Oslo Accords, the historic handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, the euphoria of peace that gripped many, and the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the architects of the peace, into long years of violence and war?

This book presents a comprehensive sociological and political explanation of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians, from the attempts at peace and the Oslo Accords in the ...

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Overview

What caused the drastic, rapid reversal from the Oslo Accords, the historic handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn, the euphoria of peace that gripped many, and the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to the architects of the peace, into long years of violence and war?

This book presents a comprehensive sociological and political explanation of Israel's policies toward the Palestinians, from the attempts at peace and the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s to the Second Intifada of 2000 to 2005 and the violent conflicts that followed. It defines the conflicts as a "new war," which differs in its basic characteristics and premises from conventional wars. It also explains the causes, trajectory, and results of this war, maintaining that the character of the war itself reflected internal conflicts that evolved inside Israel and led to diversionary politics on the part of the Israeli leadership.

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"Ben-Eliezer (sociology, Univ. of Haifa, Israel) adds to an understanding of the transition of Israel from a society and polity led by secular, socialist, and tolerant nationalists of European descent to a nation inexorably dominated by Israelis from the wider diaspora who embrace aggressive ethnonationalism that demonizes and isolates Palestinians as enemy Arabs . . . Recommended." - CHOICE

"Uri Ben-Eliezer has written a head-turbaning account of a major shift in Israel's military policy. He offers a fascinating account of how a changing global culture after the Cold War gave rise to a new kind of nationalism in Israel - with its own brand of military solutions for dealing with the Palestinian issue. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Israel, the Middle East, or the new ways that wars are conceived of and fought in the twenty-first century." - Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, University of Washington and author of Permanent Player: The United States and Middle East Regional Dynamics

"In this eye-opening and hard-hitting analysis, Uri Ben-Eliezer demonstrates how rising settler militancy and militarism within Israel trounced the earnest but feeble civil society drive behind the Oslo Accord and rendered the Second Intifada all but inevitable. More broadly, his study highlights the symbolic aspects and diversionary uses of war and rethinks the nature of contemporary asymmetrical warfare." - Gershon Shafir, co-editor of Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137027566
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Uri Ben-Eliezer is a political sociologist at the University of Haifa, Israel. He is the author of The Making of Israeli Militarism and the co-author (with Majid Al Hag) of In the Name of Security. He has published numerous articles on Israel as a nation-in-arms, Israel's civil society, social movements, and democracy.

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