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

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

by Marwan Bishara


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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. 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.

Author Biography: Marwan Bishara is a Palestinian author, journalist, and public speaker.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842771112
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication date: 12/01/1901
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface: The Search for an Israeli de Gaullexi
1The Second Intifada11
On the ground: Israel's land war15
The international front: Israel's media war18
The Intifada: a break with Oslo24
2Israel's Enemy Within: The Million Forgotten Palestinians28
October 2000: the Israeli Palestinians' lonely rising29
Decades of discrimination34
A 'fifth column'36
What future?38
3Impasse in the Oslo Diplomatic Process43
The peace process: defective diplomacy45
Contextualizing Oslo47
Constructive ambiguity becomes deliberate deception50
Israeli leadership crisis undermines diplomacy51
The Camp David charade54
The last-minute negotiations, January 200156
Sharon's victory58
4The Real Role of the United States in the Peace Process60
US considerations, US goals61
Coercive diplomacy64
America caves in on the illegal settlements65
Palestinian and Israeli perceptions of America's role68
Blackmailing the Palestinians70
Failure: from Clinton to Bush71
Final Status Negotiations
5The Palestinian Refugees77
The most important 'final status' issue77
The refugee question in the negotiations79
The international community's lasting obligation82
The Old City: whose city?84
Israel's demographic war86
Jerusalem in the final status negotiations88
Sharing the city: end to an Israeli taboo91
The politics of Jerusalem today92
7Seven Fat Years for Israel--Seven Lean Years for Palestine99
Oslo as an economic document100
The impact of Oslo on the Palestinian economy103
Separation becomes segregation105
Israel restructures economic relations with Palestinians106
Being an economic dependency109
8The West Bank Settlements: Apartheid in Practice114
Expansion of the settlements116
The real purpose of the settlements119
Oslo institutionalizes apartheid121
No End in Sight
9Israel the Unready: But Choose it Must129

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'Marwan Bishara provides a case to answer, drawing on Jewish as well as Palestinian sources." The Economist'Marwan Bishara's book comes as close to being "required reading" as anything currently available.... His analysis of the failure of the Oslo peace process is particularly devastating, warning us all to oppose its resumption' - Richard Falk'This book by Marwan Bishara offers penetrating insights into why the Oslo Accords have failed. The author outlines innovative suggestions for overcoming the impasse and ensuring a genuine coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis.' - Alain Gresh, Editor in Chief, Le Monde Diplomatique'Both a Palestinian and an Israeli, Marwan Bishara is the ultimate insider to the current conflict. This book, written in the immediate aftermath of the Sharon election, has proved prophetic. While events have moved on, the choices faced by Israelis and Palestinians remain the same. We overlook Bishara's arguments at our peril.' - Eugene L. Rogan, Director, The Middle East Centre, The University of Oxford, St Antony's College`A lucid and up-to-date analysis of recent events in the Middle East... Throughout he backs his arguments with verifiable facts, often taken from Israeli, US and NGO sources... Bishara takes some comfort in the parallels with apartheid South Africa, where the international community was eventually able to exert enough pressure to help bring about peaceful change... the South African cause was advanced by thousands of small groups of people across the world.. It is just such people that this book addresses and will help to mobilise¿ - Palestine News