Palestine/Israel: Peace or Apartheid: Prospects for Resolving the Conflict

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In this insightful new book, a leading Palestinian commentator,analyzes where Palestinians and Israelis are now—eight years after the Oslo Accords of 1993 and the peace process they were supposed to have begun. Bishara shows how the asymmetry of power between Palestinians (the occupied) and Israelis (the occupiers) was ignored by patrons of the Oslo peace process—notably the US. Running counter to the prevailing support for the Oslo process, this evocative new book shows how it was in fact doomed from the start. ...
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Overview

In this insightful new book, a leading Palestinian commentator,analyzes where Palestinians and Israelis are now—eight years after the Oslo Accords of 1993 and the peace process they were supposed to have begun. Bishara shows how the asymmetry of power between Palestinians (the occupied) and Israelis (the occupiers) was ignored by patrons of the Oslo peace process—notably the US. Running counter to the prevailing support for the Oslo process, this evocative new book shows how it was in fact doomed from the start. Inviting the reader to look ahead, Bishara examines the demographic, political, and security stakes, and explores the avenues that eventually could lead both sides to a just and durable peace.
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Offering the Palestinian perspective on the roots of the Second Intifada, Bishara (Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine) criticizes Israeli state policy as essentially colonial; suggests that the United States is far from an "honest broker" in its continued support for Israeli militarism; and describes the Oslo peace process as a diplomatic effort to derail Palestinian aspirations for a viable state by imposing a series of noncontiguous cantonments in the West Bank and Gaza, divided by Israeli settler roads and lacking control over borders, airspace, and natural resources. He locates the source of the conflict in Israeli control over land and resources via military occupation, rather than some intractable religious hatred between Muslims and Jews. The situation of Palestinians living inside Israel is also briefly examined. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842771112
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1901
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Marwan Bishara is a Palestinian author, journalist, and public speaker.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Search for an Israeli de Gaulle
Introduction 1
1 The Second Intifada 11
On the ground: Israel's land war 15
The international front: Israel's media war 18
The Intifada: a break with Oslo 24
2 Israel's Enemy Within: The Million Forgotten Palestinians 28
October 2000: the Israeli Palestinians' lonely rising 29
Decades of discrimination 34
A 'fifth column' 36
What future? 38
3 Impasse in the Oslo Diplomatic Process 43
The peace process: defective diplomacy 45
Contextualizing Oslo 47
Constructive ambiguity becomes deliberate deception 50
Israeli leadership crisis undermines diplomacy 51
The Camp David charade 54
The last-minute negotiations, January 2001 56
Sharon's victory 58
4 The Real Role of the United States in the Peace Process 60
US considerations, US goals 61
Coercive diplomacy 64
America caves in on the illegal settlements 65
Palestinian and Israeli perceptions of America's role 68
Blackmailing the Palestinians 70
Failure: from Clinton to Bush 71
5 The Palestinian Refugees 77
The most important 'final status' issue 77
The refugee question in the negotiations 79
The international community's lasting obligation 82
6 Jerusalem 84
The Old City: whose city? 84
Israel's demographic war 86
Jerusalem in the final status negotiations 88
Sharing the city: end to an Israeli taboo 91
The politics of Jerusalem today 92
7 Seven Fat Years for Israel - Seven Lean Years for Palestine 99
Oslo as an economic document 100
The impact of Oslo on the Palestinian economy 103
Separation becomes segregation 105
Israel restructures economic relations with Palestinians 106
Being an economic dependency 109
8 The West Band Settlements: Apartheid in Practice 114
Expansion of the settlements 116
The real purpose of the settlements 119
Oslo institutionalizes apartheid 121
9 Israel the Unready: But Choose it Must 129
Index 139
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