In this book, the late Prof. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov argues that the failure of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process so far has been mainly the result of the inability of both sides to reach an agreed formula for linking justice to peace.
The issues of justice and injustice are focused mainly on the outcomes of the 1947-1949 first Arab-Israeli War and specifically in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. The conflicting historical narratives of the two sides regarding the question of responsibility for the injustice done to the Palestinians turn the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a classic case of linking the issues of justice and peace.Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov maintains that the narratives of justice and injustice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have proved to be formidable barriers to peace. Hence, he recommends that justice should be compromised for the sake of peace.
The link between justice and peace is an important issue requiring both sides’ attention, but, given the wide and currently unbridgeable gap separating the two sides, it should be postponed to the phase of reconciliation rather than being included in the process of conflict resolution. The two-state solution is endorsed as the best and practical solution and as a first step for a "just peace" in this conflict, to be followed by reconciliation. Highly topical, this book is essential reading for scholars and researchers of International Relations, Peace Studies and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This book represents a lifetime of wisdom in dealing with the most basic issues of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. It is a fitting tribute to a career devoted to finding ways out of the impasse and remarkable in its ability to encompass the narratives of both parties. It should be required reading not only in courses on the conflict itself, but in any course concerned with issues of justice and peace in seemingly intractable confrontations.
University of Notre Dame, former President of the Association for Israel Studies
Introduction 1 Just Peace: Linking Justice to Peace 2 Narratives of Justice and Injustice in Peacemaking 3 The Israeli-Jewish Narratives of Justice and Injustice 4 The Palestinian Narratives of Justice and Injustice 5 Linking Justice to Peace in the Oslo Process, 1993-2001 6 Linking Justice to Peace in the Annapolis Process, 2007-2008 7 Linking Justice to Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Looking for Solutions Conclusions
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