1st Edition

Israel, Palestinians and the Intifada Creating Facts on the West Bank

By Geoffrey Aronson Copyright 1990
    402 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 1987 and this edition in 1990, Israel, Palestinians and the Intifada is a comprehensive book covering the dynamics of interaction between Israeli policies and Palestinian responses. Concentrating on the West Bank, it was written from firsthand observation and original sources by Oxford-trained scholar and journalist Geoffrey Aronson. Hebrew and Arabic accounts have been used almost exclusively in the preparation of this book.

    On the Israeli side, the author explores the push and pull of competing factions and personalities and their impact on occupation policies. On the Palestinian side, he chronicles the evolution of the Palestinian reaction to these policies, from the angry passivity of early stages of the occupation to the increasing politicization and growing popularity of the PLO. This is an important historical reference work for the scholars and researchers of West Asian studies, Middle East politics, international relations, peace and conflict resolution and political history.

    Author’s Note Chronology Prologue Part I: The First Decade of Occupation 1. Lessons Remembered, Lessons Learned 2. Consolidation and Expansion 3. Palestinians under Israeli Rule Part II: The Begin Years, 1977-1981 4. Land and Settlement 5. The Sadat Initiative and Israel 6. Land for Peace? / Land is Peace 7. The Consolidation of the Right 8. The Road to Re-election Part III: The Palestinians Face the Occupation 9. From the Likud Election to Camp David 10. The Lines are Drawn Part IV: The Road to Beirut 11. Re-Election, 1981 12. The Dynamism of the Status Quo 13. A Prelude to Revolt, 1982- 1987 14. The Intifada Epilogue Notes Index Maps


    Geoffrey Aronson is a writer and analyst, specializing in Middle East affairs. He was the director for Foundation for Middle East Peace and the editor of the bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories until June 2014. 

    Reviews of the original publication:

    “Aronson concentrates throughout his well-documented study on the harsh realities of Israeli occupation in the West Bank since 1967. The story turns out to be one of persistent curfews, arbitrary arrests, downright intimidation and outright confiscation of lands… Aronson demonstrates how an intensive endeavour has been pursued by successive Israeli governments to promote Jewish settlements and colonization.”

    -   Youssef M. Choueiri, Journal of Islamic Studies, Volume 3, Issue 2