1st Edition

Routledge Companion to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Edited By Asaf Siniver Copyright 2022
    606 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Companion explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from its inception to the present day, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the many facets of the conflict, from the historical, political, and diplomatic to the social, economic, and pedagogical aspects. The contributions also engage with notions of objectivity and bias and the difficulties this causes when studying the conflict, in order to reflect the diversity of views and often contentious discussion surrounding this conflict.

    The volume is organized around six parts, reflecting the core aspects of the conflict:

    • historical and scholarly context of the competing narratives
    • contemporary evolution of the conflict and its key diplomatic junctures
    • key issues of the conflict
    • its local dimensions
    • international environment of the conflict
    • the "other images" of the conflict, as reflected in public opinion, popular culture, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and academia and pedagogy.

    Providing a comprehensive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this companion is designed for academics, researchers, and students interested in the key issues and contemporary themes of the conflict.


    Asaf Siniver

    PART I: Setting the Context

    1. Historiography of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    Neil Caplan

    2. How It Began: Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Alan Dowty

    3. Societal Beliefs, Collective Emotions and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Oded Adomi Leshem and Eran Halperin

    4. Palestinian Nationalism

    Wendy Pearlman

    5. Zionism

    Donna Robinson Divine

    6. Radical Asymmetry, Conflict Resolution, and Strategic Engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Oliver Ramsbotham

    PART II: Historical Evolution of the Conflict

    7. The 1948 War and Its Consequences

    Michael R. Fischbach and Taylor L. Williams

    8. The Palestinians and Arab-Israeli Diplomacy, 1967-1991

    Seth Anziska

    9. The Oslo Peace Process and the Camp David Summit, 1993-2000

    Ian J. Bickerton

    10. The End of Oslo and the Second Intifada, 2000-2005

    Brent E. Sasley

    11. The Demise of the Peace Process

    Jacob Eriksson


    PART III: The Key Issues of the Conflict

    12. Palestinian Refugees

    Susan M. Akram

    13. Jerusalem

    Menachem Klein

    14. The Israeli Settlements: Past, Present, and Future

    Ariel Handel, Marco Allegra and Erez Maggor

    15. Economic Liberalisation vs. National Liberation

    Sahar Taghdisi Rad

    16. The Power of Water in Palestinian-Israeli Relations

    Emily Mckee

    17. Security in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Applying a Territorial Prism

    Rob Geist Pinford

    18. The Role of Religion and Interreligious Dialogue in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Ron Kronish


    PART IV: The Local Dimensions of the Conflict

    19. The Palestinian National Movement and the Struggle Within

    Dag Henrik Tuastad

    20. Israeli Domestic Politics and the Challenges of Peacemaking

    Oded Haklai

    21. Palestinian Citizens of Israel

    Maha Nassar

    22. Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State

    Mohammed Saif-Alden Wattad

    23. Civil Society and Citizen-to-Citizen Diplomacy

    Galia Golan

    24. Feminist Activism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Siobhan Byrne



    PART V: The International Dimensions of the Conflict


    25. The United Nations and International Law

    Alan Craig

    26. The Arab World and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Ahmad Barakat

    27. The European Union and the Conflict

    Costanza Musu

    28. American Approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Jonathan Rynhold

    29. The "Israel Lobby" and Relations between the American Jewish Community and Israel

    Shaiel Ben-Ephraim

    30. Russia and the Israel-Palestine Conflict

    Derek Averre


    PART VI: The Other Images of the Conflict

    31. Israeli and Palestinian Public Opinion and the Two-state Solution: Paradigm or Window?

    Dahlia Scheindlin

    32. Popular Culture in Israel/Palestine

    Anastasia Valassopoulos

    33. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Maia Carter Hallward

    34. The Conflict on Campus

    Matthew Berkman

    35. Teaching and Learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel

    Ayman K. Agbaria and Aline Muff

    36. Studying the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Imogen Watson



    37. Samson’s Fall & Solomon’s Judgment: Feelings & Fairness in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Uriel Abulof


    Asaf Siniver is a reader in International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research focuses on the intersection of conflict resolution, diplomacy, international security, and the role of third parties in the settlement of territorial disputes. He has published extensively on the politics, history, and diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and the international relations of the Middle East. He is editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies and a Leverhulme Research Fellow. His current research examines the role of international law in territorial disputes.