The Shift: Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict

The Shift: Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict

by Menachem Klein, Chaim Weitzman


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The Shift: Israel-Palestine from Border Struggle to Ethnic Conflict by Menachem Klein, Chaim Weitzman

The size and intensity of the Israeli army's operations since 2000 as well as the unprecedented scale of settlement construction brought about a qualitative change in the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis, altering it, Klein argues, from a border conflict to an ethnic struggle, pure and simple. Jewish Israel has now established its ethno-security regime over the whole area, from Jordan to the Mediterranean, a process that was accelerated and facilitated by election results in Israel, the United States and the Palestinian Authority. Arguing against the prevailing wisdom, which describes Israel's control system as merely one of 'occupation', in The Shift Klein contends that it is based now on twin ethnic and security pillars and seeks to include Israeli citizens of Palestinian origin. The core of his book examines the current ruling structure of the shrinking Jewish majority over the almost majority Palestinians and its different levels: Israeli Palestinian citizens, the residents of Jerusalem, the two West Bank groups divided by the Separation Barrier and those living under siege in the Gaza Strip. The Shift is based on primary sources and data that usually are published separately. Klein weaves them into his ground-breaking book, offering the reader a comprehensive portrayal of the on-the-ground realities and providing a new framework for understanding the status of the durable Israeli-Palestinian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199327232
Publisher: An Oxford University Press Publication
Publication date: 09/22/2010
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Menachem Klein is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and was a team member of the Geneva Initiative negotiations of 2003. He has advised both the Israeli government and the Israeli delegation for peace talks with the PLO (2000), and was a fellow at Oxford University and a visiting professor at MIT. Klein is the author of A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider's Account of the Geneva Initiative (Columbia University Press).

Table of Contents


C. 1 Historical and Theoretical Background

C. 2 A Complete Israeli Victory?

C. 3 The Settlement-Security Symbiosis

C. 4 The Israeli Control System

C. 5 The Changing Pattern of Conflict




What People are Saying About This

John Chalcraft

From Menachem Klein we get a sense of the ideological forces 'from below' that drive 'radical' settlers, but also a sense of the powerful political and military structures that enable them to continue to expand.

Gershom Gorenberg

Menachem Klein shines an intense light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, illuminating the stark realities and dispelling a great many myths. Concise, detailed, and thorough, The Shift explains why a two-state solution is so difficult to reach—and is more pressingly necessary than ever before. Anyone hoping to understand the conflict should read this book immediately.

Aaron David Miller

A brilliant and compelling account of the hard ground truths that now shape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle and seem to preclude a happy outcome. If you still believe in the possibility of Israeli-Palestinian peace, and especially if you don't, this book is for you.

Miriam Fendius Elman

Menachem Klein's central premise—that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has morphed from a territorial dispute into an ethnic conflict—is right on the mark. Yet he also convincingly demonstrates that the factors dividing the Israeli and Palestinian ethnic communities are not unbridgeable. His cogent defense of the two-state solution is a must read for specialists in conflict and peace studies in general, and for all those interested in fostering a feasible and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular.

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